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Legislative Principles


The WSPTA Legislative Principles consist of five overarching categories: budget, revenue, and funding; family and community engagement; public education policies; health and well-being of children and youth; and safe and nurturing environments for children and youth. Long-term legislative principles fill the gaps in the short-term issue platform when an emerging issue arises for members to advocate on behalf of children. Amendments to this list are considered for adoption by members at our legislative assembly.

Any PTA member is encouraged to submit a principle that addresses concerns that affect children on a state-wide level.

Budget, Revenue and Funding

Washington State PTA shall identify and initiate education and action on public policy affecting tax policies that are fair, equitable, and provide stable, adequate revenues for public education and for programs that benefit children and youth. The association shall:

  • Oppose the expansion of gambling
  • Support the passage of state budget bills containing adequate levels of funding for child-related programs
  • Oppose tax credits for elementary and secondary school tuition
  • Oppose budget policies, deficit reduction efforts, and other legislative proposals that negatively impact funding for child-related programs
  • Support restructuring of education funding in Washington state
  • Support levy and bond election reform
  • Support increased state-match funding for school facilities construction and renovation
  • Support ample transportation funding
  • Support equitable levy and local effort assistance (LEA) funding per student

Family and Community Engagement

Washington State PTA shall identify and initiate education and action on public policy that increases family and community engagement based on the PTA’s National Standards for Family-School Partnerships by advocating for and promoting family and community engagement provisions in state legislation affecting children and youth.  This also includes advocating for:

  • Pre- and in-service training opportunities on family and community engagement for school personnel
  • Employee release time for family and community engagement
  • Outreach to all communities to engage parents and families at every level of public policy
  • Promoting and cultivating a safe and welcoming school culture where all families and communities are offered a meaningful opportunity to participate

Public Education Policies

Washington State PTA shall identify and initiate education and action on public policy that will strengthen public education for our state’s children and youth. The association shall support:

  • Alternative programs for all schools
  • K-12 class sizes aligned with best practice research findings
  • Continued support for education reform efforts
  • Support the state’s redefinition of basic education and continues to build on that foundation.
  • Reducing the achievement gap and opportunity gap
  • Promotion of early childhood education programs
  • Alignment of P-12 and higher education requirements
  • Reduction of high school dropout rates
  • Equitable school staff salaries
  • Ensuring the provision of high quality special education services and accommodations to improve outcomes for all students with disabilities and special needs

Health and Well-Being of Children and Youth

Washington State PTA shall identify and initiate education and action on public policy that protects and promotes the health and welfare of children and youth. The association shall support:

  • Increased access to health care for children and youth
  • Mental health parity
  • Promotion of children’s oral health
  • Effective prevention and intervention programs
  • Comprehensive medically accurate sexual health programs
  • School nutrition and physical fitness
  • Services for homeless youth and children in foster care
  • Comprehensive juvenile justice programs that focus on prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation
  • Improvements to safety for students with life-threatening health conditions
  • Evidence-based policies that reduce or reverse adverse health effects of indoor or outdoor environmental conditions
  • Reduction or elimination of all forms of violence to ensure safety of students, staff, and communities

Safe and Nurturing Environments for Children and Youth

Washington State PTA shall identify and initiate education and action on public policy that provides safe and supportive settings and climates for children and youth. The association shall support:

  • Anti-bullying and anti-harassment
  • Multi-cultural education
  • Student and parent education regarding internet safety
  • Media education
  • Traffic and pedestrian safety
  • Substance abuse prevention
  • Safe and healthy schools, which reduce environmental hazards
  • Consistent, age-appropriate, unstructured play opportunities
  • Prevention of trafficking, sexual exploitation, and abuse of minors
  • Social Emotional Learning
  • Integration of internet safety and electronic communications into school curriculums
  • Anti-racism, anti-discrimination, anti-oppression

Submit a Legislative Principle Proposal

The window for submitting a proposal for consideration at the 2021 Legislative Assembly is closed. Resolution proposals will be accepted again in the fall for consideration at the May 2022 convention. And, all proposals for the 2022 Legislative Assembly will open in the spring of 2022.

Steps in the Submission Process

  1. Complete the online legislative principle proposal form (http://bit.ly/WSPTAPrincipleForm2021).
  2. When WSPTA receives the legislative principle proposal form they will send you a unique Dropbox link for you to upload a Word document that includes the legislative principle category and language, persuasive statement, and facts and evidence. Your Word document must be uploaded no later than June 1, 2021. PDF and other non-editable file types will not be accepted.

PLEASE NOTE: You are NOT able to save an in-progress legislative principle proposal form once in process. If you close your browser or go back, your legislative principle proposal form will not be recorded. You must complete the proposal form in one sitting. We recommend that you review the required elements of the legislative principle proposal form in advance and save your answers in a Word document.

Deadlines

Review Resources Prior to Submitting

Legislative Principle Submitter Requirements

  • Be a current Washington State PTA
  • Submit a completed Legislative Principle Proposal Form (including the online legislative principle proposal form and an uploaded Word document) by the deadlines above and include all links/references so the information is
  • Be available by email and phone to work with the advocacy committee member assigned to review your legislative principle to provide clarification or additional information as
  • Be available during the advocacy committee meeting to answer questions on the legislative principle.
  • In the case where more than one legislative principle submitted is of similar scope, agree to work with others to combine legislative principles.
  • Register for and attend the WSPTA Legislative Assembly (or send a representative), October 2021, to present your legislative principle to attendees to encourage adoption.
  • Additional items may be requested such as an education PowerPoint to share with delegates, additional talking points to share with other supporters during caucusing, and an opening persuasive statement for the debate.
  • All legislative principle submitters must sign the Principle Team Code of Conduct.

IMPORTANT! You will need to make sure that you are a current PTA member, are registered for WSPTA Legislative Assembly, and are designated as a voting delegate by your PTA president, who must submit your name to the WSPTA office. Details on the procedure and deadline for naming voting delegates will be sent to your PTA president closer to the event date.

The advocacy committee will review the legislative principles using the Legislative Principle Review Checklist and make recommendations to the board of directors at its summer 2021 meeting. Following the board meeting, you will be notified if your legislative principle will be forwarded to the members at legislative assembly.

Legislative Principle Proposal Form

Each submitter shall complete the Legislative Principle Proposal Form and submit by the deadline. If the directions are not followed and/or deadlines are not met, it may prevent your legislative principle from being considered and/or moving forward.

Submitter Information:

  1. Identify whether the submission is being offered by an individual PTA member, local PTA/PTSA (in good standing), council (in good standing), or WSPTA committee.
  2. Provide primary submitter contact information including name, PTA/PTSA name and number, mobile number, and email.
  3. Provide additional submitter contact (if applicable) including name, PTA/PTSA name and number, mobile number, and email.
  4. Identify if you are available to attend legislative assembly and willing and able to participate in future advocacy, including taking part in weekly conference calls and testifying in Olympia.
  5. Identify if you are submitting a new legislative principle, amending an existing legislative principle, or retiring an existing legislative principle.
  6. For new legislative principles only:
  • Work in progress – Are any legislators and/or groups or coalitions currently working on this topic?
  • Is this topic a current or past position of PTA? – List the WSPTA, other state PTA congress, or National PTA positions, principles, issues or resolutions that align with your proposed new legislative principle. Cite the position or resolution title and year, if known.

New Legislative Principles: When you have completed and submitted the online form, WSPTA will send an email to the indicated primary submitter’s email address within two days. This email will include a link to a unique Dropbox folder for your proposal. Submitters will upload one Word document with the following information for proposed new legislative principles:

  1. Legislative principle category – Identify which one of five legislative principle categories your proposal covers – Budget, revenue and funding; parent and family involvement; public education policies; health and well-being of children and youth; or safe and nurturing environments for children and youth.
  2. Legislative principle language – In 100 characters or less, including spaces, provide the proposed new legislative principle language that follows the introductory line. The introductory line for each legislative principle category is slightly different, so please refer to the information provided on this webpage.
  3. Persuasive statement – Provide a persuasive statement for this new legislative principle, up to a maximum of 250 words.
  4. Facts and evidence – Provide the facts and evidence that lead you to propose this new legislative principle. Include references and links to substantiate facts. Limit your response to no more than 5 pages.

Amendments to Existing Legislative Principles: When you have completed and submitted the online form, WSPTA will send an email to the indicated primary submitter’s email address within two days. This email will include a link to a unique Dropbox folder for your proposal. Submitters will upload one Word document with the following information for proposed amendments to existing legislative principles:

  1. Current legislative principle category – Identify which one of the five categories your proposal covers. Budget, revenue and funding; parent and family involvement; public education policies; health and well-being of children and youth; or safe and nurturing environments for children and youth.
  2. Current legislative principle language – Provide the current legislative principle language to be amended.
  3. Amended legislative principle language – Indicate your proposed amendments. Use strikethrough to note deletions and bold/underline to show additions.
  4. Persuasive statement – Provide a persuasive statement for the amendment of this legislative principle, up to a maximum of 250 words.
  5. Facts and evidence – Provide the facts and evidence that lead you to propose amendments to this legislative principle. Include references and links to substantiate facts. Limit your response to no more than 5 pages.

Retiring Existing Legislative Principles: When you have completed and submitted the online form, WSPTA will send an email to the indicated primary submitter’s email address within two days. This email will include a link to a unique Dropbox folder for your proposal. Submitters will upload one Word document with the following information for proposed retirement of existing legislative principle:

  1. Current legislative principle category – Identify which one of the five categories your proposal covers. Budget, revenue and funding; parent and family involvement; public education policies; health and well-being of children and youth; or safe and nurturing environments for children and youth.
  2. Current legislative principle language – Provide the current legislative principle language to be amended.
  3. Persuasive statement – Provide a persuasive statement for the retirement of this legislative principle, up to a maximum of 250 words.
  4. Facts and evidence – Provide the facts and evidence that lead you to propose the retirement of this legislative principle. Limit your response to no more than 5 pages.