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WA State PTA Updates

Focus Day: Access To and Affordability of Higher Education


Pictured are WSPTA Legislative Director Nancy Chamberlain, WSPTA CEO Kathryn Hobbs, Lt. Governor Cyrus Habib, WSPTA President Michelle Nims, and WSPTA Legislative Consultant Marie Sullivan.


The WSPTA leadership team met with Lt. Governor Habib Jan. 29 to discuss access to and affordability of higher education for Washington students.


The team was in Olympia for the 2018 WSPTA Focus Day that included meetings with legislators in key fiscal and education committees.

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2016-2018 Legislative Platform


Top Five Legislative Priorities

1. Social Emotional Learning
2. Amply Fund Basic Education
3. Closing the Opportunity Gap
4. Standards for Para-Educators
5. Breakfast After the Bell

2018 WSPTA Supported Issues

  • Addressing the Teacher Shortage

  • Best Practices for School Meal Policies

  • Career Connected Learning, CTE & Stem

  • Dual Credit Equality & Support

  • Engaging Families in Student Success

  • Equity for Highly Capable

  • Improving Educational Outcomes for Foster Children

  • Post-Secondary/Higher Education Access and Affordability

  • Preventing and Mitigating the Impacts of Gender-based Violence

  • Removing Barriers to Implementing ECEAP (Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program)

  • Restorative Justice and School Safety

  • School Construction and Class Size Reduction


2016-2018 Resolutions

  • Child Sex Trafficking

  • Dyslexia and its Educational Impact

  • Mitigating Environmental Hazards and Contaminants in Schools

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