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WA State PTA 2022-2024 Top 5 Legislative Priorities
Addressing the Student Mental Health Crisis
Washington State PTA shall support legislation or policies that ensure all students have access to the behavioral and mental health resources they need to thrive, including funding for:
Reduced ratios of students to mental health professionals.
Programs and incentives to recruit, train, and retain mental health professionals.
Resources to assist families.
Training and support for educators and administrators.
Addressing Critical Gaps in Education Funding
Washington State PTA shall advocate for legislation or policies that help resolve critical education funding gaps and inequities with predictable, progressive, and sustainable revenue sources including, but not limited to:
Resources for students needing additional academic/physical/emotional support.
Services for students with disabilities.
Categorical funding to support highly mobile students.
Unfunded mandates to school districts.
Preventing and Reducing Gun Violence and Suicide
Washington State PTA shall support legislation or policies that prevent and reduce gun violence and suicide including:
Addressing the disproportionate impact on BIPOC and LGBTQ+ youth.
Funding community-based prevention and intervention programs.
Promoting safe storage of medication and firearms.
Prohibiting the sale or transfer of military-style assault weapons.
Addressing Funding, Inclusion, and Supports in Special Education
Washington State PTA shall advocate for legislation or policies that support students with disabilities and their families by:
Fully funding special education services with no caps on funding enrollment.
Developing solutions to address a statewide special education staffing shortage.
Promoting full inclusion in general education classrooms.
Promoting high-leverage teaching practices.
Assessing needs for and providing assistive technology and multi-tiered systems of support.
Simplifying the safety net reimbursement process to school districts.
Banning student isolation in schools.
Building and Maintaining Safer School Facilities
Washington State PTA shall advocate for legislation or policies that:
Fund school safety changes, including emergency signs, improving indoor air quality and other environmental hazards, seismic upgrades, and an earthquake early warning system in all schools.
Require safety plans to include persons with disabilities and all people in school buildings, and to conduct annual emergency reunification training.
Increase the transparency of the condition of school facilities to allow public review.