Stillwater Elementary PTA  2.16.24   •   Serving Duvall & Carnation, WA   •     Riverview School District

Legislative Advocacy

Keep in the Know

Stillwater PTSA Advocacy Chair

Amy McHenry
advocate@stillwaterptsa.org

PTA WEBSITES:
Riverview PTSA Council 2.16   (Facebook page)
Riverview Council Legislative Chair - Kim Lisk, kimlisk@comcast.net
WA State PTA
        Region 2 Legislative Chair - Erica Kapur, rlc2@wastatepta.org
        Washington State Legislative Director - Duncan Taylor, ptalegdir@wastatepta.org
National PTA

Attend Advocacy Events:

Legislative Assembly: Come to Bellevue on October 26th and 27th, hear from inspiring speakers and learn about the legislative accomplishments WSPTA had last year. Get more details on the Legislative Assembly page.


September Advocacy Update

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE – Action Alert!

I (Amy McHenry) received an email via the Washington State PTA’s Action Network Group and wanted to share.

The comment period ENDS Monday, September 23, 2019.

The letter and comment template provided by the WSPTA below outlines their position on this proposed rule change and you can read the USDA’s statement on this proposed rule, as well as find the press release and fact sheet here: https://www.fns.usda.gov/snap/fr-072419

If you are interested in receiving action alerts from the WSPTA, sign up here: https://actionnetwork.org/forms/subscribe-to-wsptas-action-network-group

"Dear Washington State PTA member,

PTA members know that nutrition is essential to children’s health and well-being, and that hungry children can’t focus on learning. The USDA is currently taking public comments on a proposed rule change that threatens to leave tens of thousands of Washington State students without access to the free school meals they previously qualified for. Washington State PTA is asking you to take action by submitting a public comment asking the USDA to withdraw the proposed Revision of the Categorical Eligibility in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

Please feel free to customize the prewritten comment below, and go to https://www.regulations.gov/comment?D=FNS-2018-0037-0001
to leave your comment. (Note that under category you may select Association-Local if commenting on behalf of your PTA. Otherwise, Individual is appropriate.)

Thank you for taking action to support our children!

Nancy Chamberlain
Federal Legislative Chair"

Comment to USDA:
I am a parent and a proud PTA member. PTA recognizes that good nutrition is essential to children’s health and well-being. Federal nutrition programs such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and school meals are vital to ensuring that all children can learn and thrive in school and at home. I appreciate the opportunity to comment on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Notice of Proposed Rule Making on a Revision of Categorical Eligibility in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The proposed rule would cause serious harm to Washington state students and families and should be withdrawn.

Under current guidelines, states have the option to eliminate asset tests and use a higher income threshold to determine SNAP eligibility for working families with significant housing and childcare expenses. This current policy option is known as Broad-Based Categorical Eligibility (BBCE). The proposed rule would greatly limit states’ ability to use BBCE, thereby eliminating SNAP benefits for 1.7 million households nationwide.

While the proposed rule failed to include the rule’s impact on the School Breakfast Program and National School Lunch Program in its Regulatory Impact Analysis, reports indicate that the rule would jeopardize automatic access to free school meals for more than 500,000 students nationwide. Students whose households participate in SNAP are directly certified to receive free school meals. This rule change would mean at least 17,000 Washington state students could lose their school meals.

In Washington state, when about two-thirds of the student body is automatically enrolled in free meals, the Community Eligibility Provision allows that school to offer free meals to every student without collecting meal applications. If those eligibility numbers drop below the two-thirds threshold as a result of students losing SNAP, the school will lose the ability to provide free meals to everyone. This means the number of students at risk of losing free meals in the state has the potential to be much greater than 17,000.

SNAP plays a critical role in addressing hunger and food insecurity in our state and communities. By limiting families’ access to SNAP and jeopardizing children’s participation in school meal programs, the proposed rule would lead to poor health outcomes and diminished academic results among children and contribute to food insecurity in households in Washington and across the country.

SNAP is an investment in the future, as receipt of SNAP in early childhood leads to improved high school graduation rates, adult earnings, and adult health. The Federal Government should continue this investment in the future of our nation’s children, and withdraw the proposed rule change.

July Advocacy Update

July 28, 2019

I hope everyone is having a great summer! I wanted to share some notes from the 2019 Legislative Session. Here is a link to the FULL report. It’s an easy read and very well organized, outlining legislature that passed as well as did not pass including links to every bill. https://www.wastatepta.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/2019-Legislative-Session-End-of-Session-WSPTA-Final.pdf There is also a […]

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Advocacy May Update

April 23, 2019

The legislative session will wrap up at the end of April.  The bills associated with school construction and changing bond voting from a super majority to a simple majority have died for this year (e.g., SB 5853 https://app.leg.wa.gov/billsummary?BillNumber=5853&Initiative=false&Year=2019 ).  Two bills addressing the teacher shortage are making better progress.  SHB 1621, which would allow the […]

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March Advocacy Update

March 1, 2019

The February snowstorms not only shut down schools, it also shut down a number of events and business Washington State Legislature, including Focus Day 2019.  WSPTA Focus Day was supposed to be when PTA Advocacy representatives from around the state were to meet with their legislators and talk about the PTA Legislative platform issues.  (Thank […]

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PTSA Advocacy Update

November 28, 2018

With the 2018 election over, it’s a good time to update and review lawmakers who represent residents living within Stillwater Elementary School boundaries, and thus influence education policies and funding for our school.  Stillwater draws students from the city of Duvall as well as unincorporated Carnation and Duvall, which comprise the fifth and forty-fifth Washington […]

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Legislative Assembly Update

October 29, 2018

Written by Roslyn Reeps, please send any questions to advocate [at] stillwaterptsa [dot] org Washington State PTA has been a leading voice for children in Washington for more than 112 years, advocating for the health, safety, well-being and education for every child.  I was able to join with over 230 other members from around the […]

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Joint Select Committee on Article IX Litigation

September 18, 2018

Last legislative session, the Joint Select Committee on Article IX Litigation unanimously approved a report to the Supreme Court describing the 2018 session’s accomplishments towards meeting the McCleary lawsuit. Two major elements of the 16-page report include expediting educator salaries to the 2018-19 school year and establishing a $105 million “penalty account,” which is the […]

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Education Funding Changes Signed into Law

September 18, 2018

In March of last year, Governor Inslee signed E2SSB 6362, the “fixes” to last session’s EHB 2242 on education funding.  This law: Moves salaries to the 2018-19 school year for CIS, CLS, and CAS, as defined in the budget. (Section 202; For 2018-19 school year, the budget would increase the statewide minimum salary allocation to […]

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2017-2018 Legislative Session Update

September 17, 2018

Here’s updates on the 2018 WSPTA legislative priorities: • Social and Emotional Learning–HB1377 passed the Legislature this year, and was signed by Governor Inslee on March 22, 2018 (http://lawfilesext.leg.wa.gov/biennium/2017-18/Pdf/Bills/Session%20Laws/House/1377-S2.SL.pdf#page=1). The bill defines certain school employee positions, such as social workers and psychologists, and directs districts with more than 2,000 students to set aside at least […] Read More >>