Please see our Council flyer explaining the importance of advocacy for PTA.
ADVOCACY REPORT (JUNE 2022):
Climate Resolution Approved!
Our Everett PTSA Council Climate Resolution was approved during the May 18, 2022 membership meeting! Approval provides our Council the opportunity to work with other PTA's in our district and with Everett Public Schools to guide and support sustainable practices and develop an implementation plan. We look forward to this collaborative process and invite other PTA's to join us with a shared vision to support sustainable practices in our schools and community.
FORMER ADVOCACY EVENTS: January 17-21, 2022: WSPTA "Focus on Advocacy" Week Representatives from the Everett area PTAs attended seven meetings with twelve legislators last month (one legislator sent staff, but the rest were present at the meetings). The meetings were fairly well attended, thanks to your leadership! We had an average of 7 attendees at each meeting (one meeting had 13 of us there! Woohoo!), 21 different leaders attended one or more meetings, and nine PTAs (plus State and Council) were represented. We talked about the top five legislative priorities for WSPTA, and many individual bills that are working their way through the current legislative session. Thank you so much showing up and letting your voices be heard!
October 23-24, 2021: WSPTA Legislative Assembly WSPTA held its 43rd annual Legislative Assembly with hundreds of representatives from PTAs across the state to fine-tune the state PTA’s legislative platform. With the input of leaders like you, three new resolutions were added to the platform and two existing resolutions were amended.
Three new resolutions: Improving Literacy and Educational Outcomes (18.42) Increasing Access and Affordability of Post-Secondary Education (18.43) Improving Outcomes for Children and Youth in Highly Mobile Populations (2.27)
Two amended resolutions: Student Assessment and Testing (18.13) School Construction Bond Reform (18.20)
As always, Legislative Assembly attendees were also able to learn from classes and panels of guest speakers. Topics ranged from the nitty gritty of procedures in Olympia, deep dives into the new resolution details, new money for the state/schools from covid relief funding, Behavioral Health Services in schools, and how our children are coping with the realities of the pandemic. We even heard from students themselves; students from across the state shared their experiences during remote/hybrid learning.
March 9-11, 2021: LEGCON 2021 Wednesday, February 17, 2021: 21st Legislative District Town Hall
Thursday, February 11, 2021: 38th Legislative District Town Hall
Wednesday, February 10, 2021: 44th Legislative District Town Hall
Thursday, February 4, 2021: Q&A Session with Rep. John Lovick from 44th Legislative District
Monday, February 1, 2021: Q&A Session with Rep. April Berg from 44th Legislative District
Thursday, January 28, 2021: Q&A Session with Rep. Mike Sells from 38th Legislative District Saturday-Sunday, October 24-25, 2020: WSPTA Legislative Assembly
The Top 5 Legislative Priorities were decided.
The remaining issues of Safe School Plans and Emergency Preparedness, Equitable Identification and Services for Highly Capable Students, and Mitigating the Adverse Impacts of Climate Change will be added to the "Also Supported" list of our short-term legislative priorities.
Nine Resolutions were voted on and approved.
Monday, January 20, 2020: Focus Day Members of Everett PTSA Council celebrated Focus Day by visiting our State Capitol in Olympia and meeting with legislators to discuss key PTA legislative priorities and supported platforms. Interested participants contacted our Advocacy Chair to arrange meetings and carpools. POST-EVENT SUMMARY (PER ADVOCACY CHAIR): Focus Day was a great day filled with lots of meetings with legislators. Our own Laura Peterson testified before the House Education Committee about improving the prevention and treatment of students with life threatening allergic reactions. PTA leaders met with State Representatives, heard from Superintendent of Public Instruction Chris Reykdal, testified at committee hearings on bills related to children and education, and learned so much. Thank you to all the PTA leaders who advocate in big and small ways on a daily basis. Your voice makes a difference!
Saturday-Sunday, October 26-27, 2019: WSPTA Legislative Assembly This annual event provided an opportunity for PTA leaders from across Washington state to learn more about advocacy, vote on resolutions and issues, and network with PTA peers. Interested participants contacted our Advocacy Chair or signed-up on the WSPTA Legislative Assembly website. At the event, attendees participated in legislative discussions pertaining to our WSPTA Legislative Principles and WSPTA Legislative Platform. LOCATION: Bellevue College - 3000 Landerholm Circle SE,Bellevue, WA98007 POST-EVENT SUMMARY (PER ADVOCACY CHAIR): We adopted 1 NEW legislative principle, 1 NEW legislative issue that will be added to our also supported issues on the platform, AMENDED 1 legislative issue, adopted 4 NEW resolutions and adopted 15 AMENDED resolutions. There was a lot of good debate and amendments to the proposed issues, principles, and resolutions. It was our new parliamentarian’s first Legislative Assembly and he did a great job. It’s not easy when there are people lined up at the For and Against microphones making motions to amend, extend debate time, or close debate while others are standing at the Information microphone to ask a question about the process; all of this is happening fairly quickly and at the same time! Thank you! Monday, October 7, 2019: School Board Candidate Forum Everett PTSA Council hosted this free event, which gave community members an opportunity to submit questions and hear from the candidates running for seats on the Everett Public School Board. The moderator for this event was Nancy Chamberlain, current WA State PTA Finance Officer and immediate past WA State PTA Advocacy Director. We appreciate her willingness to moderate this event for us. THE CANDIDATES: April Berg, Brian Hollingshead, Jamyang Dorjee Nhangkar, and Andrew J. Nicholls (Unable to attend due to a schedule conflict)