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2018-2019 WA State PTA Legislative Priorities

Washington State PTA is the oldest and largest child advocacy association in the state with a 112 year history of advocating for the health, safety, well-being, and education of EVERY child in Washington. The WSPTA legislative platform is a two-year platform to mirror the Washington state legislative cycle. On the even-numbered years, like this one, the new platform is voted on by members at the legislative assembly in the fall. The top five issues become the short-term platform and consist of the priority issues when advocating throughout the year. Other issues are placed on an “also supported” list. On Oct. 21-22nd advocates from across the state met in Auburn at the 2018 WSPTA Legislative Assembly to vote on the current long-term and short-term policy platforms for the PTA. The top 5 priorities as voted by the membership are:

    1. Social Emotional Learning
    2. School Construction and Simple Majority for Bonds
    3. Prevent Gun Violence
    4. Strategies to Address the Teacher Shortage
    5. Strategic K-12 Investments to Close Gaps

To learn more about these issues as well as the other supported issues of the WSPTA please visit the advocacy page of the Washington State PTA website.

 

Advocacy Week – February 11-15, 2019 

WSPTA will be asking members to send prewritten emails each day during Advocacy Week. These action alerts are quick, easy ways to communicate with our legislators on topics they are actively working on. Sign up for Advocacy Action Alerts here 
 

Focus Day  

During each year’s legislative session, Washington State PTA holds its annual Focus Day that brings members together at the state capitol to advocate for the association’s top five issues.  

More Info Coming Soon! See the Focus Day Details Link - https://www.wastatepta.org/events-programs/focus-day/   

  • When is it? – February 11th 2019  
  • Where: This year we will begin at The United Churches of Olympia located at 110 Eleventh Ave SE (the corner of Capitol Way and 11th, across the street from the Capitol grounds). 
  • What is it? - PTA members visit our lawmakers in Olympia.  - Advocacy Week PTA members make calls and send emails to our legislators. Both Focus Day and Advocacy Week offer members opportunities to connect with legislators to advocate on WSPTA priorities. Watch for updates on the WSPTA Website. https://www.wastatepta.org/events-programs/focus-day/ 



How Do I Contact My Legislator?

Find your legislators and their contact information on the Washington State Legislature's "District Finder" web page. Just enter your address information and the page will list your district legislators and congressional representatives with their contact information.
 

 
Ways to be Involved

  • Become a member of your school PTSA/PTA
  • Visit the Washington State PTA’s Take Action Page
  • Sign up for the Action Network to receive action alerts to quickly and easily communicate with our legislators on topics they are actively working on. 
  • Come to Focus Day in Olympia!
  • See what these Seattle Middle School students have done to get involved, they have created DCBullyBusters - to ask legislators to pledge to end bullying in politics.