Focus Areas

Advocacy & Legislative Resources

As a child advocacy organization that has been in existence for more than 100 years, Washington State PTA has a strong history of legislative actions. To support our members in their advocacy efforts, there are a number of resources to help them become educated on the topics and to become effective advocates.

Campaign & Election Guidelines

National PTA has partnered with Nonprofit VOTE to produce several resources around elections for our members. Visit the National PTA Election Guides page for permissible activities checklist, voter engagement timelines, hosting a candidate forum, and much more.

In addition, WSPTA has developed the following resources:

The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) is a government agency created, and empowered by Initiative of the People, to ensure compliance with and equitable enforcement of Washington’s disclosure and campaign finance laws. Guidelines for School Districts in Election Campaigns is a resource that is intended to provide guidance regarding the Commission’s approach and interpretation of how the statutory prohibition on the use of public school facilities for campaigns impacts activities that may be contemplated by district personnel and other persons who may seek to utilize those public facilities.

Work Stoppage Guidelines

Washington State PTA and National PTA recommend their constituent PTAs and councils remain neutral during collective bargaining, presenting both sides factually, and to not use PTA funds or volunteers to man classrooms during a work stoppage. Local PTAs and councils can play a role during negotiations, as well as during and after work stoppages. Refer to the WSPTA Guidance For PTAs During Work Stoppages for more information.


Preventing Gun Violence as PTA Advocates

Download our Preventing Gun Violence as PTA Advocates resource document here.

This resource will help educate PTA members about gun violence, gun violence prevention, and what they can do to help educate their communities about this important topic.

The document contains links to many useful resources. It also contains a QR code tied directly to the PDF, so you can print the document and distribute it to community members, who will only need to scan the code to access these links.

Acronyms in Education

This resource is provided by WSPTA to help understand the many acronyms used in the education space.

Acronyms in Education

End of Legislative Session Reports

Citizens' Guides to Washington State

Healthy Gen's 2017 Youth Advocacy Guide