Shoreline Special Education PTSA
New Name! Our PTSA changed its name to the Shoreline Special Education PTSA. "Special education" is the legal term for instruction specially designed to meet the unique needs of a child with a disability, and we feel it is important to use respectful and inclusive language.
Legislative Advocacy Resources: PTA is an advocacy organization and as such provides helpful resources for you to advocate in a way that is meaningful and comfortable to you. There are several bills relating to Special Education before the Washington State Legislature right now such as HB1436 which calls for fully funding Special Education and the Shoreline SEPTSA membership voted to support this bill at the January 26, 2023 membership meeting
How to be informed/advocate
Washington State PTA website has several resources including:
Action Alert signups
Bill Status - updated weekly by the WSPTA Legislative Consultant - there is a section dedicated to the special education bills with links to the bills official page.
The full legislative platform for WSPTA which includes special education funding, inclusion, and supports.
Washington State Legislature website - note the "Find Your District" and "Bill Information" links on the left.
Shoreline School Board - information on participating in the legislative process
Shoreline SEPTSA Presentation - At our January 26, 2023 meeting, we discussed the above resources and much more. Watch the video on the "Presentations" page. (This portion starts at about the 31 minute mark).
SEPTSA Member IEP Discussion Group: Do you have questions or concerns about your Shoreline student's IEP? Join our brand-new discussion group. We will have a very short presentation about IEPs and then break into small groups to ask questions and brainstorm answers. Bring your questions, ideas, and student's IEP. Disclaimer: This is not legal or professional advice -- we are a group of Shoreline caregivers learning from each other. March 6 (every first Monday) at 7:00 p.m. over Zoom. Register here and you will receive an email with login instructions. Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ridgecrest Caregiver Connection: Caregivers of students at Ridgecrest Elementary are invited to connect the first Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m. over Zoom. Register here in advance and you will receive an email with login instructions.
Future General Member Meetings: Our general member meetings will be held on March 30, 2023 and in May 2023. More details and registration links will be available here once announced. Questions? contact email@example.com