The Advocacy Chairperson for Wilburton Elementary represents our school at various legislative events throughout the year. These events include Legislative Assembly in the Fall and Focus Day in the winter, when the Washington State PTA shows up in Olympia, while the legislature is in session, and advocates for policies that improve the education and well-being of kids. If you have any questions about advocacy in the PTA, or would like to get involved, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
WAshington State PTA
For over 100 years, PTA members have been a powerful voice for kids. At the national level, PTA has a proud history of advocating for kindergarten classes, school lunches, child labor laws, and more. They knew then what is still true today: since kids can’t vote, they need strong advocates who will champion their interests in the halls of government.
Here in Washington, PTA advocates gather together in the fall for Legislative Assembly to get informed on the issues, discuss and debate them, and vote on a legislative agenda.
For more information, visit Washington State PTA Advocacy.
Legislative Assembly is held in the fall. Representatives meet from all over the state to network, learn about the issues, and set Washington State PTA’s legislative platform and top priorities.
Focus Day happens in the winter. Members from around the state gather in Olympia during the legislative session to meet with their legislators and advocate for the Washington State PTA’s legislative platform.
The Washington State PTA legislative platform is a two-year platform to mirror the Washington state legislative cycle. On the even-numbered years, the new platform is voted on by members at the legislative assembly in the fall. 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. During the odd-numbered years, members vote to amend current issues or to add new, emerging issues to the also supported list. Learn more about Top 5 Legislative Priorities for 2019 below and HERE.
Social Emotional Learning
- Provide pre-service and in-service educator and administrator training;
- Ensure staffing levels in schools are funded to meet student need and to support student learning and well-being;
- Increase partnerships with after-school providers and community partners;
- Ensure staffing levels meet the needs of students, including but not limited to: psychologists, counselors, family and community engagement coordinators, social workers, speech-language pathologists, behavior specialists and nurses;
- Support adoption of the Washington State SEL framework.
School Construction and Simple Majority for Bonds
The Washington State PTA shall support legislation or policies that equitably assist districts to fund their capital needs for the 21st century to lower K-3 and Career and Technical Education (CTE) class sizes; and address capacity, growth, modernization, and safety by:
- Changing school construction bonds from super-majority (60%) to simple majority vote;
- Updating the School Construction Assistance Program (SCAP);
- Renewing the K-3 grant program with capital funding to support class size targets;
- Documenting use of portables including but not limited to: age, quantity, condition, and purpose.
Prevent Gun Violence
- Prohibiting sales of semi-automatic rifles to < 21 and creating a 10-day waiting period;
- Raising standards for semi-automatic rifle purchase to that for handguns;
- Incentivizing safe storage of all firearms;
- Ensuring continued eligibility for ownership of semi-automatic rifles;
- Permitting and encouraging destruction of crime guns by the Washington State Patrol and other agencies;
- Affirming the National PTA position statements on gun safety and violence prevention and the position statement on firearms;
- Prohibiting the arming of school staff.
Strategies to Address the Teacher Shortage
- Funding of recruitment and conditional scholarship programs;
- Expansion of Professional Educator Standards Board (PESB)-approved conditional certificates and alternative routes to certification;
- Phased-in expansion of Beginning Educator Support Team (BEST) grants to all schools.
Strategic K-12 Investments to Close Gaps
- Close Special Education funding gaps;
- Increase the Prototypical School Model to I-1351 levels;
- Include a categorical allocation for high mobility students;
- Expand High Poverty Learning Assistance Program (LAP) by lowering the threshold;
- Allow school districts to choose between the two enrichment levy caps and increase the Local Efforts Assistance (LEA) ceiling.
At the national level, the PTA works with Federal public policies, legislation and stands with us to support our children. Find out more about these important issues by clicking the links below.
Legislative Advocacy Links
Get legislative news and keep up on WSPTA’s advocacy.
Learn about current top PTA legislative priorities and how to take action! Also includes links for finding your local elected officials, lawmakers and agencies.
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Contact Your Representative
Governor Jay Inslee
Office of the Governor
PO Box 40002
Olympia, WA 98504-0002
48th Legislative District:
Senator Patty Kuderer (D)
LEG 411, PO Box 40448, Olympia, WA 98504
Rep. Vandana Slatter (D)
JLOB 336, PO Box 40600, Olympia, WA 98504
Rep. Joan McBride (D)
JLOB 335, PO Box 40600 Olympia, WA 98504-0600
WSPTSA Legislative Director
WSPTSA Region 2 Legislative Chair
LWPTSA Advocacy Vice President
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After School programs
Bellevue School District does not discriminate in any programs or activities on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal and provides equal access to designated youth groups. The following employees have been designated to handle questions and complaints of alleged discrimination: Title IX Coordinator: Jeff Lowell, (425) 456-4010 or email@example.com; Section 504/ADA Coordinator: Heather Edlund, (425) 456-4156 or firstname.lastname@example.org; Civil Rights/Nondiscrimination Compliance Coordinator Alexa Allman, (425) 456-4040 or email@example.com. Mailing address for all three: 12111 NE 1st Street, Bellevue, WA 98005.
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