WSPTA Legislative Assembly General Information
Registration and Cost
WSPTA members, with a paid membership, can attend this year’s virtual legislative assembly. The cost to participate is $25. Student participation is $10. This includes access to caucusing and classes. Only those members designated as a delegate will be able to debate and vote at the general sessions on October 24 and 25.
The legislative assembly will span September 29 through October 25, visit the Schedule of Events page for details.
Registration is now open and will close on October 8.
Frequently Asked Questions
Listed in no particular order.
There are many dates to keep track of. Here is a list in chronological order:
- Education/Q&A/Caucusing live sessions: September 29 – October 3
- Rolling amendment deadlines: October 1-5
- Submittal of voting delegates deadline: October 6
- Classes and panels: October 6 – 21
- Legislative Assembly registration deadline: October 8
- Member voice e-survey closes: October 9
- Legislative Assembly general sessions: October 24 – 25
Why do we caucus? Caucusing allows voting delegates to work together on a strategy for a proposal. This time to strategize allows the proponent (support) and opposition (dissent) statements, and any proposed amendments to be discussed, well thought out, and written out in advance. Due to this year’s virtual format, all amendments must be pre-filed within two days of the caucus session.
This year we are also asking each pro and con caucus to agree upon and submit their proponent or opponent speaker names. This is the first pro and con speaker for a specific position. These speaker names are due the same date as any proposed amendments for that specific caucus. Alternate proponent or opponent speaker names are encouraged in case of last-minute technology issues.
Caucus time is limited, so not all attendees may have time to speak. Every effort will be made to allow as much discussion as possible. Further discussion may occur outside of the caucus session for those interested.
For more information on caucusing review the How Things Work guide.
A paid PTA membership for legislative assembly includes membership for the 2019-2020 year as well as for the 2020-2021 year. Any purchased membership is good through October 31 of the next year. A 2019-2020 membership will not expire until October 31, 2020.
Yes. The general sessions will be on October 24 and 25. Only those members who have been designated by their president to serve as voting delegates for their PTA will be able to debate and vote. Information about the business to be covered is included on the Voting Information page. Designated delegates must be registered attendees for this event.
WSPTA Code of Conduct
To provide a safe, welcoming, and harassment-free event, all attendees are expected to behave with decorum and civility. Incivility, harassment, or discrimination of any kind will not be tolerated. WSPTA reserves the right to take appropriate action to address any individual it believes fails to meet these expectations, including expelling the individual from the meeting and prohibiting attendance at future events.
Individuals with Disabilities
Washington State PTA strives to assure that all meetings and other activities of the Association are available for participation by all its members, consistent with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Washington State Law Against Discrimination (RCW 49.60). Individuals requiring special accommodations to attend or participate in WSPTA meetings should contact the WSPTA office in advance: (253) 214-7410 or email: email@example.com.
All cancellations must be in writing to firstname.lastname@example.org. Cancellations received by 11:59 pm, Monday, September 28, will receive a full refund less a $10 cancellation fee. No refunds will be given for cancellations received after 11:59 pm, September 28.