Thursday, January 23, 2014

HB 2217 - Encouraging School Districts to Work With Community Partners to Improve the Utilization of K-12 Capital Facilities

The Washington State PTA represents the more than 1,000,000 school aged children in Washington state with a membership exceeding 100,000.   Our vision is to make every child’s potential a reality.  Family and Community Engagement is a key priority for PTA nationwide.  Washington State PTA is here to testify in support of the changing “Parent Engagement Coordinator” to “Family and Community Engagement Coordinators.”

National PTA has an entire program titled National Standards for Family-School Partnerships which identifies six standards.  Number 1 is to welcome and connect all families and Number 6 is to collaborate with community.  Washington State PTA also has numerous policy statements to support this change.  We also recognize that expanding the scope from parent to family and community will support non-traditional families and will be a foundational effort in engaging communities to Close the Achievement and Opportunity Gaps, which is our number 3 legislative priority.

We encourage your support of HB 2217.

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