Advocacy is the heart of PTA
Since it began in 1897, National PTA has been a powerful voice for all children, a relevant resource for families and communities, and a strong advocate for public education. Washington State PTA (WSPTA) began in 1905 and was instrumental in many issues, from creating preschool to promoting seat belts.
For more information about our PTA history and founders: History - WSPTA (wastatepta.org)
WSPTA Legislative Assembly
The purpose of legislative assembly is to determine the legislative priorities of Washington State PTA (WSPTA), to educate and mobilize advocates, and to advance WSPTA’s legislative program.
At legislative assembly, you will discover the power PTA has to advocate for every child – the whole child – regardless of race, creed, gender, or zip code. In PTA, every member has an equal voice, and your input matters a great deal to the success of WSPTA's member-driven platform.
To take a look at our WSPTA Legislative Assembly Wrap-Up 2021 please click here.
For more information, please see the WSPTA website: Legislative Assembly (wastatepta.org)
PTA Vision and Mission
Our vision is that every child’s potential becomes a reality.
Our 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.
WSPTA Legislative Platform
The WSPTA legislative platform consists of:
Legislative Principles: broad conceptual policy objectives that align with our mission and are the foundational basis for our overall platform (long-term). Legislative Principles (wastatepta.org)
Resolutions: positions that guide our work from the local to the state level, are usually broader in scope than legislative issues, and generally have a call for action (long-term). Resolutions (wastatepta.org)
Legislative Issues: statewide positions that will receive the focus of our advocacy efforts in Olympia (short-term). Advocacy (wastatepta.org)
The 2020-22 Top 5 legislative priorities are:
- Increase Access to Nursing, Mental Health, and Social Emotional Learning Staff
- Support Students and Preserve Education Funding
- Increasing Educational Equity by Closing the Digital Divide
- Supports and Funding for Students with Disabilities and Their Families
- Prevent and Reduce Gun Violence and Suicide
Also Supported issues (listed alphabetically):
- Equitable Identification and Services for Highly Capable Students
- Mitigating the Adverse Impacts of Climate Change
- Safe School Plans and Emergency Preparedness
WSPTA Legislative Assembly 2021
This year’s Legislative Assembly will be held in October and is currently being planned. Dates, agenda, and voting information to come!
2021 National PTA LegCon Report
Washington State PTA members embraced the 2021 virtual format for National PTA’s annual Legislative Conference (LegCon). The conference began March 9. Of the over 800 attendees, 58 were from local PTAs here in Washington state, including two students. For some, the event was their first experience with federal advocacy. See the full report here: 2021 National PTA LegCon Report - WSPTA (wastatepta.org)
Advocacy Contact Information
Everett PTSA Council Advocacy Chair, Clarissa Phillips: firstname.lastname@example.org
Region 7 Advocacy Chair: OPEN POSITION
WSPTA Advocacy Director, Lizzy Sebring: gro.a1664229387tpeta1664229387tsaw@1664229387ridyc1664229387acovd1664229387aatp1664229387
Important Advocacy Links
Everett Public Schools
School Board: School Board / Overview (everettsd.org)
Free and Reduced Meal Application: Menus / Menus (everettsd.org)
Policies and Procedures: District Policies and Procedures (everett.k12.wa.us)
Washington State PTA
Advocacy Webpage: Advocacy (wastatepta.org)
Sign up for Action Alerts: Subscribe to WSPTA's Action Network Group - Action Network
Advocacy and Legislative Resources: Advocacy & Legislative Resources (wastatepta.org)
WSPTA Blog: WSPTA Blog (wastatepta.org)
Legislative/Advocacy News: Advocacy Archives - WSPTA (wastatepta.org)
Focus on Advocacy Webpage: Focus on Advocacy (wastatepta.org)
Everett PTSA Council (serving all Everett local PTAs): Everett PTSA Council 7.3 - Proudly serving the schools of the Everett School District - Home
WSPTA Region 7 Facebook: (1) Washington State PTA - Region 7 | Facebook
Advocacy Webpage: Advocacy | National PTA
Advocacy Toolkit: Toolkit - Resources - Advocacy | National PTA
Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI): OSPI (www.k12.wa.us)
List of Washington State Senators: https://leg.wa.gov/Senate/Senators/Pages/default.aspx
Education Ombuds: Home | Washington State Governor's Office of the Education Ombuds
Citizen’s Guide to Effective Legislative Participation: Washington State Legislature Guide to Effective Participation