Focus Areas

Focus on Advocacy

Your voice matters!

We need your stories, we need your voice, and we need you!  Help make PTA’s grassroots advocacy a success by connecting with legislators about our priorities during Focus Day and Focus on Advocacy Week.

Focus on Advocacy Week is scheduled for January 15-19, 2024.  During this week, members can participate in daily calls to actions.  Subscribe to WSPTA Action Network

Focus Day will be Monday, January 15, 2024 in Olympia and members are encouraged to meet with their legislators about our 2023-2025 Legislative Priorities.  Use the resources in the toolkit below to make appointments and plan successful meetings.

Advocacy is not a one-day event; it is an everyday action. And so, we encourage members to continue to stay informed and engaged throughout the year, keeping our efforts focused on the mission.  #WSPTAOneVoice

Focus on Advocacy Toolkit

Here are useful resources for advocating:

A video series about what to expect including the players, the challenges and what you can do to advocate for your PTA and your students.

  • WSPTA Module 1: Preparing for the 2022 Legislative Session
  • WSPTA Module 2: Advocacy Tips and Tools
  • WSPTA Module 3: Understanding the Bill Process and Analyzing Legislation

WSPTA Legislative Priorities

To learn more about the WSPTA legislative priorities:

Additional Information and Links

Here are additional resources you can use for successful year-round advocacy:

Focus on Advocacy Engagement

Webinars to Prepare for the Legislative Session

2023 Legislative Panel Preview

On December 14, 2022, there was an interactive webinar where attendees had the opportunity to learn how policy and budget priorities may align with WSPTA’s adopted legislative platform and received the most current information about how to participate in the process this year.

Current legislators:

Sen. Lisa Wellman, D-Mercer Island; Rep. Sharon Tomiko Santos, D-Seattle; Rep. Alex Ybarra, R-Quincy

Newly elected legislators:

Rep.-elect Chipalo Street, D-Seattle; Rep.-elect Sam Low, R-Lake Stevens; Sen.-elect Claudia Kauffman, D-Kent

You can watch the 2023 Legislative Panel Preview on our YouTube page.

New Faces, New Budget: What to Expect in the 2023 Legislative Session

On January 11, 2023 our WSPTA Legislative Consultant Marie Sullivan chaired an interactive discussion about 2022 election results, known and predicted session protocols, changes to committee assignments, and how to best engage with the 2023 legislature.

You can watch the New Faces, New Budgets: What to Expect in the 2023 Legislative Session on our viemo page.

January 15-19, 2024

Focus on Advocacy Week

Your actions throughout this week will be quick and easy but will make a tremendous impact. It will be so easy that you can take action from home, while waiting for a coffee order, or sitting in your child’s pick-up line!

WSPTA will be asking members to act virtually throughout Focus on Advocacy Week. Each day will focus on an important part of the WSPTA platform. The best way to participate is by subscribing to the WSPTA Action Network so that you receive the daily calls to action for this week and periodically throughout the legislative session. You will be provided with easily customizable messages that the action alert system will automatically send to your legislators. It is easy to do and only takes a few minutes! We also encourage you to share your advocacy work on your personal and PTA social media accounts throughout the week using the hashtag #WSPTAOneVoice.

January 15, 2024

Focus on Advocacy Day

What is Focus on Advocacy Day? We need WSPTA leaders and members to meet with their state representatives and senators to share the PTA mission and priorities. Let’s make sure the PTA voice is loud and proud on this day! You will be provided with everything you need to know in order to schedule and hold a successful meeting with your legislators. While these meetings would ideally be on Monday (Focus on Advocacy Day), they may need to be scheduled throughout the week to accommodate your legislators’ schedules. Can’t make it to Olympia? Schedule a remote meeting instead!