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THANK YOU to everyone who sent postcards and participated in Focus Day 2015 in Olympia! We had a great showing from Sunny Hills and Issaquah PTSA Council! We were definitely motivated to stand up, speak up and show up. We packed into meeting rooms to meet with legislators and Governor Inslee, delivering individualized postcards from our members. Then parents, teachers and students from across Washington stood in solidarity on the Capitol steps in support of Funding McCleary and our other legislative priorities.
Our legislators need to continue to hear from us this session about the importance of fully funding K-12 education. Do you know what issue Washington state legislators were contacted about the most last year? Chicken coops. That’s right, chicken coops. Because so many of us assume “someone must be handling that,” important issues like education often get overlooked. No one else is handling it. It’s up to parents, teachers and students to speak up about what issues are important to our kids. Help let legislators know our kids are MORE important than chicken coops! Make your voice heard. Click here for a one stop tool to email your elected officials. Want to stay informed or get more involved? Reach out to Kym Clayton, Sunny Hills PTA Advocacy Director.
Top 5 Priority Issues Determined- Sunny Hills PTA members and delegates attended the Washington State PTA's 36th Annual Legislative Assembly on Oct. 24-25 in Vancouver, Washington. After discussing 15 different proposals for consideration, delegates voted for the top 5 priorities. As a result of the vote, the WSPTA's Top 5 Priorities for the 2014-2015 Legislative session are:
As part of the conference, the following issues were selected as the WSPTA’s priorities for focus during the 2015 and 2016 legislative sessions:
The results of the 2014 issues online survey indicate that families and staff in the Issaquah School District placed Creating Positive School Climates, Funding McCleary, and Breakfast After the Bell among their top five priorities as well (increasing playground safety and apportioning a set percentage of new revenue growth to education also garnered top votes by members of our district).
To make sure your voice is heard, consider joining in Olympia with other PTA advocates from across the state for the WSPTA’s annual Legislative Focus Day on Monday, January 19, 2015!
For more information, contact Sunny Hills Advocacy Director, Kym Clayton, or go to http://www.wastatepta.org/meetings/leg_assembly/index.html
FY2015 officially begins October 1, 2014, with the FY2014 budget set to expire on September 30. Last week, to prevent another government shutdown, Congress passed a Continuing Resolution (CR) that extends funding levels through December 11. The Senate roll call vote can be found here and the House vote here.