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)
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 2021This 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 ReportWashington 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)
Register to Vote Are you registered to vote? You can register to vote online from the comforts of your own home by visiting the Snohomish County elections website. Our general elections are on November 3rd and ballots will start to be mailed out on October 16th. Don't forget to register and VOTE!
The Washington State PTA Legislative Assembly will be virtually held on October 24-25th this year. Mark your calendars and lets make a difference!