Washington State PTA Legislative Priorities 

2016-2018 Legislative Platform (Top Five)
More details on the Washington State PTA website.
  • Social Emotional Learning - Integrate social emotional learning and trauma informed practices in the education system, teacher and principal preparation programs and professional learning ensure adequate staffing of psychologists, counselors, social workers, behavioral specialists and nurses in schools and prioritize school climate.
  • Amply Fund Basic Education - Fulfill Washington state’s paramount duty to amply fund basic education. Funding solutions must be progressive revenue sources that are sufficient, sustainable and equitable, and must not cut services that support the whole child, or rely only on redistributing existing education funds. 
  • Closing the Opportunity Gap - Complete implementation of the recommendations of the Educational Opportunity Gap Oversight and Accountability Committee (EOGOAC) and HB 1541 to close the educational opportunity gap.
  • Standards for Paraeducators - The Washington State PTA shall initiate or support legislation or policies that set statewide standards, training, and career development for para-educators, including training for teachers who have paraeducators assisting in their classrooms, and their principals. Policies shall include minimum employment standards, certification and endorsements. 
  • Breakfast after the Bell - Support legislation instituting, and funding, a Breakfast After the Bell Program in high needs schools and initiate polities at the district level that encourage Early Adoption of Breakfast After the Bell Programs.

Links for further legislative information:

Bill info page: http://apps.leg.wa.gov/billinfo/

How to comment on a bill: https://app.leg.wa.gov/pbc/

Washington State PTSA advocacy page: http://www.wastatepta.org/advocacy/index.html

Washington State School Directors Association: http://www.wssda.org/Legislative/LegislativeUpdates.aspx