WSPTA'S priorities for the 2017 Legislative Sessions:

1.) Social Emotional Learning 

     Prioritize school climate through strong social and emotional learning supports to maximize learning opportunities that help Washington students succeed in school and life.

  • Integrate social emotional learning and trauma informed practices in the education system, teacher and principal.
  • Ensure adequate staffing of psychologists, counselors, social workers, behavioral specialists and nurses in schools.


2.) Amply Fund Basic Education

      It is time to keep the promise made to the children of Washington State in the McCleary decision by fulfilling Washington State's paramount duty to amply fund basic education.

  • Funding solutions must be progressive revenue sources that are sufficient, sustainable, and equitable.
  • Solutions must not cut services that support the whole child, or rely only on redistributing existing education funds.


3.) Closing the Opportunity Gap

       Provide teacher training and student supports that include effective solutions to close the educational opportunity gap by:

  • Completing the implementation of the recommendations of the Educational Opportunity Gap Oversight and Accountability Committee (EOGOAC), and
  • Implementing the 2016 HB 1541 to close the educational opportunity gap.


4.) Standards for Para-Educators

       Provide a quality education for all students receiving instruction from para-educators by establishing:

  • Statewide standards, training, and career development for para-educators
  • Minimum employment standards, certification and endorsements
  • Training for teachers who have para-educators assisting in their classrooms, an their principals.


5.) Breakfast After the Bell

        Washington State currently ranks 45th for utilization of the federal school breakfast program and currently, only 1/3 of eligible children have access to this program.

  • Supports legislation instituting and funding a Breakfast After the Bell Program in high needs schools.
  • Initiate policies that encourage early adoption of Breakfast After the Bell Programs at the district level.