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WSPTA Upcoming Advocacy Events Report
Education (House) - HHR A, JLOB - 3/13 @ 1:30pm SSB 5241 - Public Hearing - Concerning the educational success of youth who are homeless or in foster care. Capital Budget (House) - HHR B, JLOB - 3/14 @ 3:30pm ESSB 5702 - Public Hearing - Improving state fun...

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Senate Advances Bill to Extend Levy Cliff to 2019
As its last bill of the March 8 cutoff, the Senate Wednesday night passed an amended bill on the "levy cliff" ( ESB 5023 ), with all members voting in favor; with the exception of Republican Senator Michael Baumgartner of West Spokane. The Senate ran their ...

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Senate Passes Paraeducator Bill Today - Update
In a strong bipartisan vote, the Senate today approved a
comprehensive para-educator development program. SB 5070 passed on a 37-12 vote
and will require standards, professional development, a career ladder, a more
accessible path to teacher certification, ...

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Throughout the
session Legislators use a variety of methods to stay connected with
constituents. While some Legislators have already hosted meetings locally
and/or host regular ―TeleTown Hall Meetings, on Saturday, March 11, many
legislative districts will ...

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Session Has Passed the Half-Way Point
With most of the action
occurring on the House and Senate floors, lawmakers got down to business,
passing bills this past week in anticipation of the March 8, deadline of 5 p.m.
This is the next cutoff for bills that aren’t deemed “Necessary To Implement
th...

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Breakfast After the Bell passes House 90-8
About 6:15 pm March 2, the House passed House Bill (HB) 1508, Breakfast after
the Bell, by an overwhelming margin of 90-8. Speaking in favor of the legislation were sponsor  Representative  Monica
Stonier, D-49; Representative Paul Harris, R-17; and Represe...

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Fiscal Cutoff Spells End for Many Bills
Fiscal committees worked overtime this past
week, with the House meeting into early evening Friday the 24 th to
act on policy bills that had some impact on the state budget. Typically bills
that are linked to the operating or capital budget aren’t subject t...

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National PTA Disappointed with Administration’s Rescission of Guidance to Protect Transgender Students
ALEXANDRIA, Va., (Feb. 22, 2017)—The following statement can be
attributed to National PTA President Laura Bay: “ Today, the U.S. Departments of Education and Justice sent a letter
to the nation’s schools rescinding guidance released in May 2016 on their
ob...

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Breakfast After the Bell Parent Testimony
Northshore parent Corina Pfeil spoke Wednesday in favor of HB1508 ; the bill that would start a Breakfast After the Bell program in high
poverty schools across the state. She urged lawmakers to roll out this program
to help hungry kids so they are prepared ...

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New Ed Funding Plan Released, Bills Pass Friday Cutoff
There is certainly no lack of
education funding plans this year, as three Senate Democrats brought a little
love to the topic on February 14 , bringing the total of publicly
available proposals to a total of four: Governor Inslee’s; Senate Republicans;
Hous...
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