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Legislative Agenda issues for 2016-2018

Five Issues Selected for Lobbying by WSPTA for the Legislative Platform 2016-2018

1. Social Emotional Learning
The Washington State PTA shall initiate and/or support legislation or policies that:
Integrate social emotional learning and trauma informed practices in the education system, teacher and principal preparation programs and professional learning ensure adequate staffing of psychologists, counselors, social workers, behavioral specialists and nurses in schools and prioritize school climate

2. Amply Fund Basic Education
The Washington State PTA shall initiate and/or support legislation or policies that:
…fulfill Washington state’s paramount duty to amply fund basic education. Funding solutions must be progressive revenue sources that are sufficient, sustainable and equitable, and must not cut services that support the whole child, or rely only on redistributing existing education funds.

3. Closing the Opportunity Gap
The Washington State PTA shall initiate and/or support legislation or policies that:
Complete implementation of the recommendations of the Educational Opportunity Gap Oversight and Accountability Committee (EOGOAC) and HB 1541 to close the educational opportunity gap.

4. Standards for Para-educators
The Washington State PTA shall initiate and/or support legislation or policies that:
The Washington State PTA shall initiate or support legislation or policies that set statewide standards, training, and career development for para-educators, including training for teachers who have para-educators assisting in their classrooms, and their principals. Policies shall include minimum employment standards, certification and endorsements.

5. Breakfast After the Bell
The Washington State PTA shall initiate and/or support legislation or policies that:
support legislation instituting, and funding, a Breakfast After the Bell Program in high needs schools and initiate polities at the district level that encourage Early Adoption of Breakfast After the Bell Programs.

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