LOCAL ADVOCACY REPRESENTATIVES

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Fairwood Elementary:  Krista Haskins

Kent Area Council:  Lannette Sargent

Washington State PTA (Interim):  Nancy Chamberlain


Let your state legislators know how important funding our children’s education is to you via emails and/or phone calls!  Click HERE to go to the Washington State Legislative page for contacts.

To check on the status of a bill or to comment, go to: http://app.leg.wa.gov/billinfo/


Road Trip to Convention!

Coming soon! WSPTA Convention is May 18-20 in Vancouver, WA. Join Krista, Corin & Jenny B. as we road trip to volunteer, learn and hang with other great PTA advocates.

 

Fairwood Sends Delegate to Legislative Assembly

Brand new to Fairwood PTSA Board of Directors, Krista Haskins dove into her role as Legislative Advocacy Chair and attended WSPTA's Legislative Assembly in October 2017. The whirlwind weekend was a great learning experience for Krista. The highlights were being surrounded by passionate advocates from all over our state and the magnitude of PTA's knowledge and impact in the area of advocacy.

 

Kent School District Replacement Levies PASS!

On Feb. 23, 2018 the local election was certified! It was a very close election but both Prop. 1 and 2 passed voter approval to continue levying property taxes to serve our communities students, staff & programs! For more information about the levies see KSD's levy site or Citizens For Kent Schools.

 

Breakfast After The Bell Passes State Senate

From Rep. Zack Hudgins, Legislative District 11

On Wednesday, [Jan. 31, 2018] the Washington Kids Ready to Learn Act passed the Senate on a 43-5 vote. This is a big day, not because this is the fifth year in a row I’ve worked on this bill – but because of the enormous potential impact its passage will have for Washington students.

The Kids Ready to Learn Act will direct high-needs schools to offer breakfast to students during the school day. We have Breakfast After the Bell programs working well in school districts all over the state – from Tukwila to East Wenatchee to Auburn. We know that students have better educational outcomes and fewer behavioral problems when they aren’t hungry. This bill is about maximizing our large investment in education using federally funded school meal programs that already exist.

But most importantly, it means that up to one million kids in our state will get to have breakfast in the morning every single day. I’m so proud to have been a part of it.

Editor's Note: Breakfast After the Bell was one of WA State PTA's top 5 priorities for 2017

 

2018 WSPTA Supported Issues

Click on each of the following issues for a one page summary

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

Questions? Contact legislative@fairwoodptsa.org

 

Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) replaced No Child Left Behind (NCLB) on December 10, 2015. It is the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). ESSA will be fully operational in school year 2017-18.

The ESSA Consolidated Plan draft is the planning document that outlines how Washington will implement the law. The plan outlines six core concepts in Washington’s plan to help every student succeed, and provides details on what we will do to ensure student and educator success.

More ESSA info from Washington State OSPI

 

Check in with National PTA's Advocacy Programs & Resources

PTA is committed at the school, local, council, region, state and national level. To find out more about National PTA's Advocacy Programs & Resources, check out their website.