This year's WSPTA Focus Day will be held in Olympia January 29, 2018. There is no charge for this event. Advocacy Week, for calls and emails to legislators, will be January 29-February 5. 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 and Facebook page.
WSPTA Upcoming Advocacy Events Report
Education (House) - HHR A, JLOB - 3/13 @ 1:30pm
SSB 5241 - Public Hearing - Concerning the educational success of youth who are homeless or in foster care.
Capital Budget (House) - HHR B, JLOB - 3/14 @ 3:30pm
ESSB 5702 - Public Hearing - Improving state funding for school construction, modernization, and asset preservation.
Early Learning & Human Services (House) - HHR C, JLOB - 3/15 @ 1:30pm
2SSB 5107 - Public Hearing - Facilitating local funding and involvement in expanding early childhood education and assistance program eligibility.
Human Services, Mental Health & Housing (Senate) - SHR 2, JACB - 3/15 @ 1:30pm
SHB 1867 - Public Hearing - Improving transitions in extended foster care to increase housing stability for foster youth.
Early Learning & K-12 Education (Senate) - SHR 1, JACB - 3/16 @ 1:30pm
EHB 1551 - Public Hearing - Creating a competitive equipment assistance grant program to enhance
student nutrition in public schools.
SHB 1618 - Public Hearing - Concerning family and community engagement coordinators.
ADVOCACY IN ACTION May 2017
The Washington State PTA legislative platform is a two-year platform to mirror the Washington state legislative cycle. 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. Learn more about the platform and how to submit an issue proposal here.
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. Any PTA member is encouraged to submit a resolution that addresses concerns that affect children on a state-wide level. WSPTA resolutions provide support on issues that are not currently covered by National PTA. WSPTA resolutions may not conflict with National PTA resolutions. Learn more about WSPTA resolutions and how to submit a resolution here.