LOCAL ADVOCACY REPRESENTATIVES

Fairwood Elementary PTSA:  Rachel Lott

Kent Area Council PTA:  Jennifer Ritchie

Washington State PTA:  Sherry Rudolph


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

To check on the status of a bill or to comment, go to: http://app.leg.wa.gov/billinfo/


2020-21 Events and Updates 

2020-2021 WSPTA Legislative Assembly 

This year's WSPTA Legislative Assembly occurred virtually on October 24-25th, 2020. Rachel Lott and Shawna Crotty represented the Fairwood Elementary PTSA and will provide a report out in the December 2020 General Membership PTSA meeting.

The Washington State PTA legislative platform is a two-year platform to mirror the Washington state legislative cycle. On the even-numbered years (THIS YEAR!), the new platform was voted on by members at the legislative assembly. The top five issues became our short-term platform and consist of our priority issues when advocating throughout the year. Other issues are placed on an “also supported” list.

2020-2021 Top 5 Legislative Priorities & Supported Issues

   Priorities:

  • 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

   Supported Issues:

  • Safe School Plans & Emergency Preparedness
  • Equitable Identification and Services for Highly Capable Students
  • Mitigating the Adverse Impacts of Climate Change

Focus Day

During each year’s legislative session, Washington State PTA holds its annual Focus Day that brings members together at the state capitol to advocate for the association’s legislative platform. The 2021 Focus Day will be held on Monday, January 18th. More information will be posted as it becomes available.

If you were unable to attend and still want to communicate with our legislators, the WSPTA will be creating a postcard that individuals or PTAs can print, write a personal message, and then mail or hand-deliver to their legislators. A link to the postcard will be added to this page once it is available.

Advocacy Week

In addition to Focus Day, the WSPTA will be asking members to take action from home or phone throughout an entire week of February 22nd - 26th, 2021.

To participate, subscribe to the WSPTA Action Network to stay informed.

WSPTA 2020 Legislative Session Bill Status Reports


Check in with National PTA's Advocacy Programs & Resources

PTA is committed at the school, local, council, region, state and national level. To find out more about National PTA's Advocacy Programs & Resources, check out their website.

Questions? Contact advocacy@fairwoodptsa.org.