Present and Relevant: We represent our schools community at nearly every school board meeting having a direct hand in district policy development, improving equitable outcomes in education and district programs by advocating to make change in district policy language.
Leaders in Community Voice: As leaders in our community we are present at many local city hall meetings in our schools pathway supporting local and county issues, encouraging later construction start times after the bell, pedestrian sidewalks, crosswalks, roadway safety, and other community safety programs. Our respected advocates have been invited to weigh in on important topics and serve on multiple committees.
Legislative Leaders: We are at the center speaking up with a strong relevant voice, weighing in, supporting legislation, working with our state senators and representatives, writing new legislative issues and resolutions, and by providing testimony in Olympia.
Trusted Voice with a Seat at the Table: Our advocacy input has been sought for drafting inclusive and equitable policy and language by the school board, and in change in policy all work to better the lives of children, families, and educators.
Service: Invited by the Superintendent to serve on The Core Strategic Planning Committee, shaping the four pillars along with the goals and measures for our District New Strategic Plan. Others served on the Strategic Planning Sub-Committees, and Equity Steering Committee. On the Health, Fitness and Nutrition Committee we had a voice on healthier district meals meeting the current new federal guidelines.
Community Partners Building Bridges: As a trusted ally we support not only students, teachers, families, guardians and community, we also have been a resource for new district and community partnerships with specialized field experts to advise on new frontiers, or withthe current changing times with a seat at the table.
The PTA is a powerful and relevant voice for all children, a resource for families and communities, and a strong advocate for public education. For more thank 100 years the PTA has used legislative advocacy to further the objectives of PTA to building a better world for our children. Our Washington State PTSA, also known as WSPTA was originally founded in 1905, and now has over 186,000 members today!
PTA has been a driving force behind the creation of kindergarten, hot lunch programs, universal immunizations in schools, and in early education coining the phrase “preschool” and so much more...
On Focus Day PTA rallied for education with students, families, and educators from across our state, meet with our legislatures and gathered on the capital steps. We heard from our Governor Inslee, Superintendent Chris Reykdal, and WSPTA President Barbra Martin.
Washington State PTA legislative platform is a two-year platform a mirror to the Washington state legislative cycle. On the even years, the new platform is voted on by members at the legislative assembly in the fall. During the odd years, members vote to amend current issues or add new, emerging issues to the also supported list. The top five issues become our short-term platform and consist of our priority issues for the year. Other issues are placed on what is called an “also supported” list. The legislative platform supports the delivery mission of the PTA.
WSPTA is also part of a larger network, the National Parent and Teacher Association.
Note: The Dyslexia Resolution was amended to include Dysgraphia, Dysprexia, and Dyscalculia.
Our Proudly Serving WSPTA Members
From Left to Right: Nancy Chamberlain, Duncan Taylor, Janice Kutzeria
About Washington State PTA Convention
At convention you have a chance to network with members from across the state, take and attend classes, learn new strategies and continue your education and further your skill-sets. Attending legislative voting delegates will elect our future State PTA leaders, vote on bylaws changes, additions and revisions. This is a fun, exciting, and motivating event where we also get to celebrate the amazing work of PTSA's from every part of our state!
This years state convention will be held in Vancouver, WA. in May, 2018, and we need 4 or more voting delegates this year, we need you!
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Everything You Need To Know To Stay Current !
Where are we now? Essentially the Senate adopted a agreement, not everyone was or/is happy, and some call it historic... Then all that talk in Olympia, about dandelions earlier this spring... Still, many are asking the question: Have we fully funded a basic education yet??? We will soon know the answer to that question when the Supreme Court returns with their ruling expected sometime in the month of October, 2017.
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Check out this video by: Dan Siegel – “Flipping Your Lid:” A Scientific Explanation to understand what happens to our ability to work through to solutions when we get upset…or when we make others upset.
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