Special education PTAs shake state assembly
Several special education issues trickled onto this year's State Parent Teacher Association's (PTA) legislative platform, thanks in part to an emergence of special education PTAs across the state.
Clark, Marysville, Issaquah, Bellevue, Seattle and Lake Washington comprise a growing number of school districts where parents have banded to develop special education PTAs. Unlike typical PTA units, these units form within a school district, focused exclusively on the needs of students with disabilities. This year, parents from several of these districts brought issues forward to be debated upon at the annual legislative assembly.
Disability-related issues debated and voted onto the legislative platform include social emotional learning, positive behavior intervention supports and special education equity and access.
The legislative platform, comprised of the local unit-submitted PTA issues which garner the most votes at assembly, becomes the framework from which the state PTA advocates in Olympia during the legislative session. The top five voted-upon issues at this year's PTA legislative assembly include: 1)Advance Basic Education Reforms; 2) Fund Education First; 3) Close the Opportunities Gap; 4) Revenue for Kids; 5) Access to Highly Effective Teachers.