Focus Areas


Resolutions guide our advocacy work from the local to the state level. They may be amended and updated, or retired, and are usually broader in scope than legislative issues.  Washington State PTA (WSPTA) considers resolutions submitted in May for adoption or amendment at our legislative assembly in the fall, and those submitted in November for adoption or amendment at our annual convention in the spring. Any PTA member is encouraged to submit a resolution that addresses concerns that affect children on a state-wide level. WSPTA resolutions provide support on issues that are not currently covered by National PTA. WSPTA resolutions may not conflict with National PTA resolutions.

The following is a list of WSPTA resolutions by topic. In addition, you can view the WSPTA Board Positions and Resolutions in detail.

WSPTA Resolutions List

Alcohol and Drugs (Section 1)

1.7  TV Programming and Advertising Promoting Alcohol Abuse
1.8  Substance Abuse and Its Prevention
1.9  Furnishing Alcohol to Minors
1.10 Adolescent Marijuana Use Prevention

Child Safety and Protection (Section 2)

2.1  Safe Travel
2.2  Child Identification Program
2.8 Bicycle Helmet Safety Education
2.9 Emergency Preparedness
2.11 Promoting the Safety / Well-Being of Children through Decreased Exposure to Violence
2.13 Youth Suicide Prevention
2.14 Child Abuse Prevention: Education and Support Resources for Parents
2.15 E-911 Safety Training for Youth
2.16 Water Safety and Instruction
2.17 Child Sex Trafficking
2.18 Trauma Informed Care
2.19 LGBTQ+ Inclusion
2.20 Improving Outcomes for Foster and Homeless Youth
2.21 Sexual Violence and Harassment Prevention and Survivor Supports *New* Oct 2018

Cooperative Role of Parents and Educators (Section 4)

4.3 Excellence in our Education System
4.7 Public School Dropout Prevention/Retrieval
4.12 Parent and Community Involvement in Education
4.13 Subsidizing Certificated and Classified Staff Salaries

Cultural Arts (Section 5)

5.3 Arts Education In Public Schools and Washington State

Health and Nutrition (Section 11)

11.1 Juvenile Diabetes
11.11 Indoor Air Standards
11.17 Tobacco Settlement Money
11.19 School Nutrition *Amended* Oct 2018
11.20 Energy Drinks
11.21 Alignment of Sleep Requirement for Optimum Health with School Start Times
11.22 Allergies and Asthma
11.23 Access to Health and Dental Care
11.24 Paid Sick and Family Leave
11.25 Mitigating Environmental Hazards and Contaminants in Schools
11.26 Mental Health Needs for Children
11.27 Best Practices – Recess and Physical Activity
11.28 Mitigating the Health Effects of Climate Change *New* Oct 2018

Mass Media (Section 14)

14.4 Internet Safety

Support for Public Education (Section 18)

18.4 Excellence in Education
18.5 Funding for Basic Education
18.6 Uninterrupted Operation of Schools
18.9 Participation and Oversight in Education Budgets
18.11 Common School/Construction Funding
18.13 Student Assessment and Testing
18.18 Reduction in Class Size
18.19 High School Graduation, College Preparation and Access
18.20 School Bond Election Reform
18.21 Career Technical Education
18.22 Children with Special Needs
18.24 Meaningful High School Diploma
18.25 Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act
18.26 Levies and Local Effort Assistance
18.27 No Child Left Behind and the 1%
18.28 Increasing revenue to support our legislative principles
18.29 Equitable Educational Opportunities
18.30 Access to General Education for Students with Disabilities
18.31 Financial Literacy
18.32 Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, Dyscalculia, Dyspraxia
18.33 Increasing Access and Affordability of Post-Secondary/Higher Education and Certificates
18.34 Universal Design for Learning
18.35 Improving Outcomes in Special Education *New* Oct 2018
18.36 Equitable Access to Highly Capable Services *New* Oct 2018

Legislative Program (Section 19)

19.3 Support for Children with Economic Disadvantages

Retired Resolutions

2.7 Sexually explicit phone services / Child Safety and Protection
4.5 Non-Custodial Parent Rights to School Records / Cooperative Role of Parents and Educational Professionals
11.4 Comprehensive School Health Education / Health and Nutrition
11.13 HIV/AIDS Education / Health and Nutrition
11.14 People Living with HIV, AIDS / Health and Nutrition
11.18 Food Safety / Health and Safety
14.2 Television Programming / Mass Media
18.17 Education Reform: Defining Our Role / Support for Public Education
18.23 Third Credit of Math Graduation Requirement / Support for Public Education

Submit a Resolution Proposal


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

Download the Resolution Proposal Form. The form for proposals for the 2020 Convention will be available this fall.


  • Title and draft resolution (sections 1-4) due TBD
  • Complete resolution submittal form due TBD

Resolution Submitter Requirements:

  • Must be a current Washington State PTA member
  • Submit a completed Resolution Proposal Form by the deadlines above and include all links/references so the information is verifiable
  • Be available by email and phone to work with the resolutions committee member assigned to review your resolution to provide clarification where needed
  • Be available during the resolutions committee meeting to answer questions on the resolution
  • In the case where more than one resolution submitted are of similar scope, agree to work with others to combine resolutions
  • All resolution submitters whose resolution is selected to move forward must sign the Resolution Team Code of Conduct

The resolutions committee will review the submitted resolutions and make recommendations to the board of directors at its summer board meeting.  A committee member will work with you if additional information is required.  Following the board meeting, you will be notified if your resolution will be forwarded to the members at convention.

If your resolution is approved to move forward, it is recommended that you prepare the following:

One Month Prior To Legislative Assembly:

  • Create a PowerPoint presentation using a template and instructions that will be provided
  • Submit any handouts you plan to use to the for approval

WSPTA Legislative Assembly – October 26-27, 2019:

  • Attend legislative assembly (or send a representative) to present your resolution to attendees, gathering supporters for caucusing and debating during the resolution debates
  • IMPORTANT! You will need to make sure that you are a 2019-20 PTA member, are registered for Legislative Assembly and 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 during September
  • Present your resolution to the assembly to encourage adoption