Legislative

LEGISLATIVE ADVOCACY: Creating Change with the Power of PTA

Cherry Crest Elementary PTSA 2.3.25 Region 2

Virtual WSPTA Legislative Assembly Oct 23-24, 2021

Washington State Parent Teacher Association (WSPTA) is a non-profit organization that advocates for the well-being and education of all children.  This October PTA members across Washington State will gather virtually to debate and vote on proposed or amended resolutions that impact WSPTA’s platform for advocacy.  During the two-day assembly, attendees can also attend education sessions focused on current issues and advocacy basics. Listen, learn, and lend your voice to issues important to your family!

All PTA members are invited to register and attend online.  The cost is $40.00. Not a PTA member yet? Join the Cherry Crest PTSA today and register to attend the Assembly.
 
Want a more active role? Contact president@cherrycrest-ptsa.org to become a voting delegate. We can have up to four voting delegates from Cherry Crest PTSA.
 
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.
 
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.

Join the PTSA
Together we are a powerful voice for children! Any parent/guardian, teacher, student or community member can join.
How to Get Involved
Subscribe to state PTA Action Alerts: Receive e-mail alerts when your action can directly impact a specific issue.
 
Read the state PTA blog: Weekly posts about active, high-priority bills and what PTA is doing each week in Olympia.