Please see our Council flyer explaining the importance of advocacy for PTA.
GET READY FOR LEGCON 2021! 🙋♀️LegCon Hill Day is back between March 9-11, and it’s virtual! Meetings with members of Congress may look and feel different this year, but Hill meetings remain an enormously important advocacy tool. Register for LegCon 2021 by February 4 to participate in Hill day. #PTALegCon
The cost is $50, which is far less expensive than taking a trip to Washington, DC. We encourage any PTA leader who is interested in attending this LegCon event to pay for the registration cost using an Advocacy line item within that PTA's budget. When you register, to select your role just choose “Other”.
WSPTA "TOP 5" LEGISLATIVE PLATFORM:
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
2020-2021 WSPTA SUPPORTED ISSUES:
Safe School Plans and Emergency Preparedness
Equitable Identification and Services for Highly Capable Students
FORMER ADVOCACY EVENTS 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.
Tuesday, April 28, 2020: Everett Public Schools Capital Bond Vote BOND RESOURCES FOR PTAs:
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)