Present and Relevant: We represent our schools community at school board meeting's with input on district policy & programs development, improving equitable outcomes in education by advocating for change.
Leaders in Community Voice: As leaders in our community we are present at many local events and city hall meetings in our schools pathway. By supporting local & county issues such as: Later Roadway Construction Start Times - After the Bell; Pedestrian Sidewalks; Crosswalks; Safety; Arts and Community Programs. Our respected advocates have been invited to weigh in on important topics and serve our communities.
Legislative Leaders: Speaking up with a relevant voice, weighing in and supporting legislation, working with our state senators and representatives, writing new legislative issues &resolutions, and providing testimony in Olympia.
A 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, all to better the lives of students, families, and educators.
Service: Our Members serve on multiple Committees, and Sub-committees, making a difference in Diversity & Equity; Health, Fitness and Nutrition Committee; and so much more.
Community Partners Building Bridges: As a trusted ally we support: Students, Teachers, Families, Guardians and Community through Outreach and building Community Partnerships .
WSPTA Focus Day, was on Monday January 29th, we rallied together for education with students, families and educators from across our state to advocate for our students by discussing the WPTA's Legislative Priorities with our legislators. Some came by carpool, or took a ride on the Northshore Bus with The Northshore Council PTSA. The voices of our parents and students made a big difference. Learn How to Use Your Voice - You Can Make A Difference!
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...
The Washington State PTA Legislative Assembly was held in Olympia, WA on October 21 - 22, 2016. PTA delegates from across the state came together to set a new platform of legislative priorities for the 2016 - 2018 legislative session in support of the organization vision of "Making every child's potential a reality."
WPTA legislative platform is a two-year 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 issues to the *also supported list. The top five issues become our short-term platform and our priority issues for the year. *Other issues are placed on an “also supported” list. The platform serves the mission of the PTA, WSPTA is part of the larger network of the National PTA.
From Left to Right: Nancy Chamberlain, Duncan Taylor, Janice Kutzeria (WSPTA Convention 2017)
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!
The WSPTA State Convention will be held in Vancouver, WA - May, 2018. We can send four or more voting delegates this year. Stay tuned more news to follow soon!
Washington State made a promise to the children, teachers and families of Washington, to fund a basic education. The Supreme Court ruled funding basic education is a state government responsibility, so relying on local levies must not be a part of the solution.
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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