State Legislative Issues Selection
State PTSA legislative assembly will take place on October 20-21, 2018. Delegates will vote and determine the Top 5 issues to address for the 2019 and 2020 legislative sessions. Please select 5 of the 12 issues below that are most important to you.
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#1 Best Practices for School Meals – Lunch
The Washington State PTA shall support legislation or policies that:
• Modifies WAC 392-157-125 “Time for Meals” to define a minimum lunch period for students. Language should be added to specify a minimum of 20 minutes of seated time, with additional time to move through a line and be seated with a meal;
• Promotes recess before lunch for elementary students
Vote for Proposed Legislative Principle #1
#2 Engaging Families in Student Success
The Washington State PTA shall support legislation or policies that increase transformative family engagement practices by:
• Replacing “Parent Involvement Coordinator” with the more inclusive “Family and Community Engagement (FACE) Coordinator” in the funding formula;
• Adopting a clear definition for FACE Coordinators;
• Funding at least one FACE Coordinator per school, starting with high poverty schools first.
Vote for Proposed Legislative Principle #2
#3 Fund Paraeducator Training
The Washington State PTA shall support legislation or policies that:
• Fully fund the training requirements for paraeducators mandated by law, including the 28- hour fundamental course of study and the additional 70 hours of professional development required within the first three years of employment.
Vote for Proposed Legislative Principle #3
#4 Increase Access to High-Quality Preschool
The Washington State PTA shall support legislation or policies that:
• Develop a preschool expansion plan to ensure all preschool-age children in Washington state have access to high-quality preschool. The plan must address the equity gaps and improve student outcomes in the pre-K-12 public school system.
Vote for Proposed Legislative Principle #4
#5 Safe School Plans and Emergency Preparedness
The Washington State PTA shall support legislation or policies that support emergency preparedness planning in schools through:
• Development of clear and specific guidelines and standards for safe school plans;
• Funding to ensure that every school has adequate means to serve all students equitably during times of crisis or natural disaster.
Vote for Proposed Legislative Principle #5
#6 Strategies to Address the Teacher Shortage
The Washington State PTA shall support legislation or policies that recruit and retain effective educators, develop a diverse workforce, and ensure equity and access to educator preparation through:
• Funding of recruitment and conditional scholarship programs;
• Expansion of Professional Educator Standards Board (PESB)-approved conditional certificates and alternative routes to certification;
• Phased-in expansion of Beginning Educator Support Team (BEST) grants to all schools.
Vote for Proposed Legislative Principle #6
#7 Raise the Age of Tobacco and Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems to 21
The Washington State PTA shall support legislation or policies that:
• Limit access, sale, and distribution of all tobacco products and electronic nicotine delivery systems, including but not limited to, e-cigarettes, vaping and Juul devices, to age of 21 and up;
• Prohibit packaging and marketing targeted at youth.
Vote for Proposed Legislative Principle #7
#8 Best Practices for School Recess
The Washington State PTA shall support legislation or policies that:
• Define a minimum of 30 minutes of daily recess time for elementary school students;
• Prohibit recess from being withheld due to academic or punitive reasons;
• Promote schools as an effective and necessary partner in guiding children to meet the CDC recommendation of 60 minutes of daily moderate to vigorous physical activity.
Vote for Proposed Legislative Principle #8
#9 School Construction and Simple Majority for Bonds
The Washington State PTA shall support legislation or policies that equitably assist districts fund their capital needs for the 21st century through:
• Lower K-3 and Career and Technical Education (CTE) class sizes, capacity/growth, modernization, and safety needs;
• Updating the School Construction Assistance Program (SCAP);
• Extending the K-3 grant program;
• Documenting use of portables;
• Changing school construction bonds from super-majority (60%) to simple majority.
Vote for Proposed Legislative Principle #9
#10 Prevent Gun Violence by Reducing Access
The Washington State PTA shall support legislation or policies that reduce dangerous access to firearms by:
• Prohibiting sales of semi-automatic assault rifles to < 21 and creating a 10-day waiting period;
• Raising standards for semi-automatic assault rifle purchase to that for handguns;
• Incentivizing safe storage of all firearms;
• Ensuring continued eligibility for ownership of semi-automatic assault rifles;
• Permitting and encouraging destruction of crime guns by the Washington State Patrol and other agencies
Vote for Proposed Legislative Principle #10
#11 Social Emotional Learning
The Washington State PTA shall support legislation or policies that:
• Integrate Social Emotional Learning and Trauma Informed Practices in the education system and pre-service and in-service educator and administrator training;
• Ensure staffing levels in schools are funded to meet student need and to support student learning and well-being;
• Increase partnerships with after-school providers and community partners.
Vote for Proposed Legislative Principle #11
#12 Strategic K-12 Investments to Close Gaps
The Washington State PTA shall support legislation or policies that:
• Close Special Education funding gaps;
• Increase the Prototypical School Model to I-1351 levels;
• Include a categorical allocation for high mobility students;
• Expand High Poverty Local Assistance Program (LAP) by lowering the threshold;
• Allow school districts to choose between the two enrichment levy caps and increase the Local Efforts Assistance (LEA) ceiling.
Vote for Proposed Legislative Principle #12
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