Purpose of Focus Day
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.
FOCUS DAY HAS SOLD OUT!!
We are so excited about Focus Day this year as the event has sold out - first time in four years! Registration was for the morning program in the Columbia Room but there are still many events available for those who didnít register. And we hope you do!!!
Education is a Civil Right rally on the capitol steps. WSPTA is a co-sponsor of this event and Barbara Martin, Washington State PTA Board President, is one of the speakers along with Washington Education Association
(WEA), students, teachers, etc. Please arrive at 10:15am as the rally starts at 10:30am.
WSPTA has the Rotunda and we hope you attend that program as well. The program starts at noon, and Barbara will make remarks; Chris Reykdal, the new Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) will have remarks, as well as Governor Inslee. It will be great!
Not Able to Attend? Be sure to follow the excitement via #FocusDay and #WSPTAproud.
For off-site options, click here. Capitol Dome Deli will be closed as Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is a state holiday.
Not able to attend Focus Day? Your voice can still be heard with a postcard! Fill out a postcard with your information and send along with a PTA member that will be attending Focus Day.
Following the release of Governor Inslee's budget, which includes $3.9B in education funding, WSPTA advocates will be able to hear from the Governor himself.
Ready to Rally? Advocates will be rallying on the capitol steps to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.ís birthday by celebrating Education as a Civil Right, alongside many other Washington State advocacy groups. Download the flier here (flier not created by WSPTA).
Meet Your Legislators. The main reason for Focus Day is learning about Washington State PTA (WSPTA), our advocacy an legislative platform, and meeting with your legislators to talk about the importance of our Whole Child advocacy! Don't miss this opportunity for an exclusive audience with your elected officials. Download the legislator handout here.
In addition to the Governor, new Superintendent of Public Instruction Chris Reykdal will also spend time with us in the rotunda. Chris will talk about his vision for the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, and his top priorities during the first 100 days of office.
Kids are welcome! There will be kids activities available on-site.
8:00am - 4:00pm - Meet with your legislators. If you don't know who to call, visit www.leg.wa.gov and click Find your District on the lefthand side.
8:00am (Columbia Room) - Registration opens. Be sure to register by January 9 to receive your free WSPTA Top 5 t-shirt
9:00am (Columbia Room) - Overview of the day
10:30am - Join the rally on the capitol steps
11:15am - Advocacy at the local level and WSPTA legislative discussions, with lunch (register by 1/9 to reserve and pay for your lunch)
12:00pm (Rotunda) - Listen to Governor Inslee, SPI Reykdal, & WSPTA President Barbara Martin
12:45pm (Columbia Room) Ė Discussions on how to communicate with legislators in Olympia and in your home district
1:30pm - Meet with your legislators, if you did not in the morning
3:30pm - Adjourn
"Advocacy is not a one day event," Duncan Taylor, WSPTA Legislative Director.
1. Make an appointment with your legislators. Visit app.leg.wa.gov/DistrictFinder/ or call the Legislative Information Center (360) 786-7573 for information.
2. Know Washington State PTA'S legislative priorities.
3. Connect with other parents, teachers, and education advocates. Take time to network with other advocates at Focus Day. Find out what issues you have in common and what issues other families are experiencing.
4. Make sure to leave it in writing. Any information you provide, whether to legislators, other parents, teachers, or education advocates should be in writing. Verify that you have something written to leave behind, even if it is just a letter, postcard, or personal story.