What is Legislative Assembly?
- Annual gathering of PTSA members and delegates to focus on advocacy for children (Oct 24th-25th, 2020). Multiple Bell PTSA members attended this year.
- Participants caucus, debate, and vote on issues and resolutions to set legislative 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
What happens after Legislative Assembly?
- The work goes on! The top five priorities help us focus.
- When bills are active in Washington State’s Legislative session we reach out to our legislators to support or not support specific provisions.
- We also reaching out to city council, our school board, our district, and our principal by attending meetings (town halls, school board meetings, PTSA meetings, etc.), sending emails, making phone calls, etc.
How can I get involved?
- Join the WSPTA Action Network Group - These action alerts are quick, easy ways to communicate with your legislators on topics they are actively working on.
- Find State Legislators – Look up your Washington State Legislators and share what is important to you.
Attend WSPTA Legislative Assembly – learn about the issues, how you can take action and network with other PTA leaders.
In a typical year, we would attend WSPTA Focus Day – one day each year where we bring PTSA members together at the state capitol to advocate for the association’s legislative platform during Washington State's legislative session. This year we will not be at the state capitol meeting with legislators face to face. Instead, we will be doing a focus week where all of our work will be done virtually (e.g., phone calls, emails, virtual testimonials, etc). Join us for focus week!
If you see an injustice or are passionate about an issue, speak up. Democracy works best when citizens are engaged and involved in their communities.
- Reach out to Bell's legislative chair at firstname.lastname@example.org or Bell's PTSA president at email@example.com with any questions or suggestions.