Fairwood Elementary:  Krista Haskins

Kent Area Council:  Lannette Sargent

Washington State PTA (Interim):  Nancy Chamberlain

Let your state legislators know how important funding our children’s education is to you via emails and/or phone calls!  Click HERE to go to the Washington State Legislative page for contacts.

November 15 Supreme Court McCleary Ruling Summation

WSPTA is an original member of The Network for Excellence in Washington Schools (NEWS). Click here to read summation from NEWS of November 15th ruling. 


Learn about WA State PTA's Focus Day HERE 

Focus Day is intended to serve a s focal point for WSPTA's legislative advocacy. We know that the best advocacy programs are year-round. The intent of Focus Day is not to serve as an end unto itself; rather it is a day to bring WSPTA members to Olympia to sharpen the picture of how our advocacy efforts need to proceed. It's a day of training, education, meetings with legislators, and other activities that help members engage directly in the legislative process.

Questions? Contact legislative@fairwoodptsa.org

Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) replaced No Child Left Behind (NCLB) on December 10, 2015. It is the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). ESSA will be fully operational in school year 2017-18.

The ESSA Consolidated Plan draft is the planning document that outlines how Washington will implement the law. The plan outlines six core concepts in Washington’s plan to help every student succeed, and provides details on what we will do to ensure student and educator success.

More ESSA info from Washington State OSPI


WSPTA’s priorities for the 2016 - 2018 legislative sessions:

2016-2018 Legislative Platform (Top Five)
Social Emotional Learning
Amply Fund Basic Education
Closing the Opportunity Gap
Standards for Para-Educators
Breakfast after the Bell

Issues Also Supported (listed alphabetically)
Addressing the Teacher Shortage
Best Practices for School Meal Policies
Career Connected Learning, CTE & Stem
Dual Credit Equality & Support
Engaging Families in Student Success
Equity for Highly Capable
Improving Educational Outcomes for Foster Children
Post-Secondary Higher Education
Preventing and Mitigating the Impacts of Gender-based Violence
Removing Barriers to Implementing ECEAP
Restorative Justice and School Safety
School Construction and Class Size Reduction