Monday, April 29, 2013

Just in time learning: Basic Ed 101

All education funding is not equal; “basic ed” is protected

Session update:
No deal for kids. Talk shifts to adult needs. Next session starts May 13
In a legislative session that was “all about McCleary” and living up to promises made four years ago to expand and fund basic education, the state legislature ended its 2013 general session Sunday night without a budget and without agreeing on key K-12 issues – such as how much money to put into the program of basic education.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

House plan has edge

Offers kids clarity and commitment; requires significant funds

Yes HB 2051, Implementing basic education expenditures
Yes HB 2038, Investing in the education legacy trust account (end certain taxing preferences)
Within the Washington State PTA, we are talking revenue.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Invest and prepare students for life

  • Yes to policy bills that support reading and career and college readiness for all students. E2SSB 5237 and SHB 1692
  • Yes to reviewing tax preferences and making adjustments to support K-12 and higher education. HB 2028
  • Yes, to a budget that uses a balanced approach, identifies stable revenue, and charts out a linear path to fully funding K-12 education while maintaining programs that keep children healthy, safe and fed and that get our youngest ready for kindergarten.

Message to Olympia:

Friday, April 12, 2013

Governor sets aside time for PTA Q&A

Gov. Inslee to speak May 3 at our 100th annual convention

The event runs May 3-5 at the Bellevue Hyatt. Click here to register
Click here for convention guide and agenda
Send your suggested questions for Gov. Inslee to Kathyrn Hobbs, WSPTA Executive Director, at by April 29.

Other great speakers:

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Testimony - Senate operating budget, 2013-15

Bill information: SB 5034
Click here to comment on the budget bill
Click here to comment about tax breaks
What does the budget mean? Possibly, delay in restoring K-12 or cuts to other essential services

Monday, April 1, 2013

Testimony - Academic acceleration and career learning

Tell your legislators what you think:
Comment on 5243, academic acceleration
Comment on 5754, career learning
To: House Appropriations Committee
Re: PRO, 5243- academic acceleration;  5754 - career learning

Dear Chairman Hunter and committee members,