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    The National PTA's mission is to make every child's potential a reality by engaging and empowering families and communities to advocate for all children.
    Washington State PTA’s mission is for PTA to be: - A powerful voice for children, - A relevant resource for families, schools and communities, and - A strong advocate for the well-being and education of all children.

     

    The Whitman PTSA supports the efforts of the Seattle Council, Washington State, and National PTSAs by advocating for the PTSAs legislative priorities, communicating action items to our school community, building relationships with national, state, and local leaders, and listening to and supporting our school community. 

    CALL TO ACTION from the Seattle Council PTSA:


    Contact your legislators and ask that funding to address enrollment stabilization be included in the budget. Enrollment during the 2020/21 school year dropped dramatically due to the pandemic resulting in a significant hit to SPS’s enrollment based funding for the upcoming year. Make sure that the WA State Legislature allocates state dollars to address the enrollment stabilization budget gap and uses Federal dollars as intended to facilitate a safe return to in person learning. For more information about the budget and why this is so critically important, view SCPTSA’s presentation slides.


    You can email your legislators or call the Legislative Hotline: 1.800.562.6000 and leave a message for your legislators in your preferred language. Your message will be translated if needed. 


    Find your legislators by using the District Finder.


    Sharing your personal story always helps, but you can also cut and paste the sample letter below provided by SCPTSA:


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    Dear [insert your Legislators here],


    I am a constituent in [insert Legislative District], and I am writing to ask that you address enrollment stabilization for schools in the budget.  


    Seattle Public Schools used all of their ESSR1 funding by October 2020.  ESSR2 funding is supposed to address learning loss, but schools won’t be able to use it for that if they need to use that funding to backfill transportation and enrollment stabilization costs.  I am asking you to provide sufficient stabilization so that our schools can use their ESSR2 funding to address learning loss, to provide social and emotional supports, to address the cost of PPE, and to provide nurses for schools. 

    We have students who have lost loved ones to COVID, who have lost loved ones to domestic violence, who have not had access to the Special Education supports they needed, who couldn’t access remote learning through the computer, and so much more.  We’re seeing significant variation in student experience and learning during this time, and the longer students are apart, the greater the range of their experiences, and we are hearing about students who are accelerating in some areas and falling behind in others.  The level of differentiation that teachers will need to be able to do to address the academics, while simultaneously addressing behavior issues related to students who are out of practice with in-person socializing, and more.  


    This pandemic has highlighted just how many necessary services are delivered to children through their schools, and just how much impact schools have on our economies.  Please make sure our schools have the enrollment stabilization that they need to make sure that our children continue to receive both the services that they need and also the education that they need. 

    We did not have a choice about entering into the pandemic.  We have a choice about how we come out of it.  


    Please address enrollment stabilization in the budget without relying on districts using up their ESSR funds.


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