LATEST NEWS FROM PTA
(STATE, WASHINGTON, AND LWSD COUNCIL)
2022 Focus on Advocacy- February 28 Report
February 28, 2022
Into the home stretch
Prepared by Marie Sullivan, WSPTA Legislative Consultant, firstname.lastname@example.org
Last week saw the release of five 2022 supplemental budgets, all on Monday, February 21: the House and Senate operating budgets, House capital budget, and both House and Senate transportation budgets. While there are several similarities, the budgets took different approaches to some of the biggest issues this session, including school district enrollment stabilization, restoring riparian habitat and salmon recovery, and expenditures of billions of new state revenues and unallocated federal funds.
Read the full report here.
Keep up with the bills and committee hearings related to WSPTA member-generated legislative priorities and long-term positions by utilizing the WSPTA Bill Status Report.
National PTA Celebrates Historic 125th Anniversary
February 17, 2022
Today, National PTA is celebrating 125 years of advocacy, legacy and impact. The association was founded on Feb. 17, 1897, “to make the nation recognize the importance of every child.” This mission continues today through the association’s steadfast commitment to being a powerful voice for all children, a relevant resource for families and a strong advocate for public education.
“125 years ago, our founders saw beyond the status quo of their day, recognized the value of the parent perspective, and took action to change the world for all children,” said Anna King, president of National PTA. “Today, we carry on their legacy and take their dreams into the future by uplifting the voices of all families, supporting our nation’s teachers and schools, and ensuring every child has everything they need to make their potential a reality.”
Keep reading here
National PTA Safer Internet Week Events
February 7, 2022
National PTA is proud to support the goals of Safer Internet Day by hosting digital learning experiences throughout the week of Feb. 7-11, 2022 to teach PTAs leaders, students, parents, and caregivers how to talk about technology and use it to spread kindness and build community.
This interactive series will include something for every PTA leader, member, and family. You can attend each session or pick the one that’s right for you.
Safer Internet Day - Events | National PTA
Tip of the Week- January 20
January 21, 2022
Who Can Be A Member?
PTA membership is not limited to parents and teachers at your school.
Any person choosing to support students is eligible for PTA membership. This may include grandparents, aunts and uncles, neighbors, local business owners, school board members, and other community members. Membership is a terrific way to show support of the fantastic things your PTA does on behalf of kids.
Per our member-approved WSPTA Uniform Bylaws (Article 4, Section 1), “Without discrimination, membership in each local PTA shall be open to anyone who supports the purposes and basic policies of National PTA, WSPTA, and the local PTA, and who has paid dues required by the local PTA.”
WSPTA testifies in favor of safe storage of firearms and medications
January 21, 2022
Safe storage of firearms and medications is the topic of HB 1759. Dr. Gwen Loosmore testified in favor of the bill and encouraged the Legislature to adopt the measure that will help districts share information with students and families through websites and social media on this important topic.
WSPTA Speaks in Favor of HB 1699
January 21, 2022
Former WSPTA President Michelle Nims kicked off a panel of speakers in favor of HB 1699 in the House Appropriations Committee on January 20. The bill is designed as a short-term approach to helping address the serious workforce shortages facing our schools.
National PTA Awards $80,000 in Grant Funding to Local PTAs
January 19, 2022
Today, National PTA awarded $80,000 to 80 local PTAs. PTA Proud National Sponsors Bayer Fund, Mathnasium, and Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids made this funding possible.
“National PTA is proud to begin the new year with educational programs and financial assistance to support our students and their PTAs,” said Anna King, president of National PTA. “We hope this funding will increase family engagement and empower students to learn about the careers and opportunities in the healthcare and STEM fields.”
Annual Scholarship Auction Nov 22 – Dec 3
November 20, 2021
Starting today bids are being accepted for an amazing selection of items and experiences. Please visit the auction site and participate. Winning bidders are certain to bring home joy this festive season.
This event is open to all, feel free to distribute this flyer and encourage your friends, neighbors, and coworkers to join you in supporting this worthwhile cause.