Saturday, October 20, 2012

WSPTA: Keep pushing to improve basic education

New Top 5 voted in

Delegates to Washington State PTA's 2012 Legislative Assembly threw support behind reforms put in place in 2009 and 2010 that redefined basic education to better prepare all children for college and career, make school funding more transparent, and add accountability measures to how schools are run and students taught.

In all, 14 issues made the short-term platform. Also returning to the Top 5: Fund Education First. Closing the Opportunity Gaps moved up from "also supported" status in 2012. New Top 5 issues call for revenue and supports to nurture, attract and retain highly effective teachers.

WSPTA's priorities for the 2013 and 2014 legislative sessions: 

1. Advance Basic Education Reforms
2. Fund Education First
3. Closing the Opportunities Gap
4. Revenue for Kids
5. Access to Highly Effective Teachers

Also supported (listed alphabetically)
Access, Opportunity and Equity for Special Education
Access to Algebra in Middle School
Access to Quality Early Learning
Great Family Engagement in Every School
Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports
School Zone Signage
Screening and Support for Struggling Readers
Social Emotional Learning
Training to Support Highly Capable Learners

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