Washington State Legislative Update
The 2022 state legislative session has ended.  View the session summary of bills affecting education here: 2022-04-27 WSPTA Post Session summary slides

LEGISLATIVE ADVOCACY: Creating Change with the Power of PTA

Cherry Crest Elementary PTSA 2.3.25 Region 2

Re-cap of Virtual WSPTA Legislative Assembly
Oct 23-24, 2021

Voting delegates representing PTAs from across Washington state (including Cherry Crest!) came together and adopted three new resolutions and amended two existing resolutions on the Washington State PTA platform.  Resolutions guide advocacy work from the local to the state level providing a broader scope for supporting policies that positively impact students.
Note:  All issues, principles and resolutions on WSPTA’s platform can be used to support advocacy at all levels (state, local, district, school). For details on all issues, principles and resolutions on the current platform visit the WSPTA’s Advocacy page.
New Resolutions:
Amended Resolutions:
WSPTA Top 5 Legislative Priorities
  • 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

Definition of Issues, Principles and Resolutions according to the WSPTA website:

The top five issues become our short-term platform and consist of our priority issues when advocating throughout the year. Other issues are placed on an “also supported” list.

The WSPTA Legislative Principles consist of five overarching categories: budget, revenue, and funding; family and community engagement; public education policies; health and well-being of children and youth; and safe and nurturing environments for children and youth. Long term legislative principles fill the gaps in the short-term issue platform when an emerging issue arises for members to advocate on behalf of children.

Resolutions guide our advocacy work from the local to the state level. They may be amended and updated, or retired, and are usually broader in scope than legislative issues.

Get Involved!

PTA members can submit proposals for issues, principles and resolutions. For information on the submittal process and deadlines visit the WSPTA Take Action page.

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