Legislative Assembly 2020

The 42nd Annual Legislative Assembly will take place in a

virtual format on October 24-25, 2020.


Dear PTA leaders and members,

On behalf of your Washington State PTA board of directors and staff, I would like to invite you to attend the 42nd annual WSPTA Legislative Assembly taking place virtually from October 24-25, 2020. Caucusing, education sessions, and other activities will begin September 29, 2020.

At the legislative assembly, you will discover the power PTA has to advocate for the success of every child – the whole child. In PTA every member has an equal voice, and your input matters a great deal to me, and to the success of our grassroots member-driven platform. PTA is needed more than ever right now, and you can help.

The process will look different this year, but we can still accomplish the same goals we would have by meeting in person. Here are some great reasons to attend:

  • Take part in deciding Washington State PTA’s top 5 legislative priorities for 2020-2022. This only happens every two years!
  • Add your PTA’s voice to the other supported items in our legislative platform.
  • Attend education sessions to learn about the proposed issues and resolutions and about advocacy at all levels – state, district, and local.
  • Participate in caucusing and debate, and share ideas with your peers.
  • No commute or hotel. You can relax in your comfy chair wearing your daytime jammies and then sleep in your own bed! And all for a very low price!

We plan to offer an expanded schedule this year to spread out the caucusing, education, and general sessions. Please look for details in the coming weeks. While we can’t offer you candy and free coffee this year, we do want to keep your work and home life balance in mind while we plan the agenda.

Thank you so much for all you do – you make such a difference for children and families in Washington!


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.

Contact your PTSA President if you would like to attend at president@libertyhighptsa.com

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One of the most important roles of the PTSA organization is advocacy!

You can help speak out about education issues that concern you to your Advocacy Representative (advocacy@libertyhighptsa.org), the Issaquah School Board, state and/or federal elected officials depending on the issue.

 

DO YOU KNOW WHO YOUR REPRESENTATIVES ARE IN OLYMPIA?
HOW DO YOU CONTACT THEM?
 
 
 
5TH DISTRICT
 
  
 
5th District State Representatives are:
        
 Representative Lisa Callan         Representative Bill Ramos

 

11TH DISTRICT
 

                    

         Representative Zack Hudgins     Representative Steve Bergquist

 

During the legislative session, you can find updates on bills under consideration here: 

House Education Committee

Senate Early Learning & K-12 Education Committee

 

For information regarding federal education issues, contact: 

Senators for Washington State

Patty Murray

Maria Cantwell


You are likely represented in the House by one of two Representatives:

Kim Schrier (Dist. 8)

Adam Smith (Dist. 9)

If you aren’t sure, confirm here.

 

Advocacy/Legislation links:

Issaquah School District

Washington State PTA (Advocacy homepage)

PTA Focus Day in Olympia

WAPTA Legislative News

National PTA (Advocacy homepage)

National Advocacy Toolkit 

 

Washington State PTA 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.

Click here for a list of the Washington State PTA's Legislative Platform for 2018-2020

The WSPTA Legislative Principles consist of five overarching categories: budget, revenue and funding; family and community engagement; public education policies; health and well-being of children and youth; and safe and nurturing environments for children and youth. Long term legislative principles fill the gaps in the short-term issue platform when an emerging issue arises for members to advocate on behalf of children. Amendments to this list are considered for adoption by members at our legislative assembly each October.

 

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SAVE THE DATE for Washington State PTA FOCUS DAY

Washington State PTA Focus Day in Olympia is tentatively scheduled for January 18, 2021 8am – 5pm. This day is an opportunity for PTA members to meet with legislators about our priorities. Stay tuned for more information about the details and format of this event.