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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. A list of retired resolutions whose objectives have been met can be found here.

WSPTA Resolutions List

Alcohol and Drugs (Section 1)

Child Safety and Protection (Section 2)

2.1  Safe Travel Routes and Parking Lots
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 Supports
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 *retired* October 2021
2.21 Sexual Violence and Harassment Prevention and Survivor Supports
2.22 Digital and Internet Safety
2.23 Gun Violence Prevention and Safety – Students and School Staff
2.24 Furniture Tip-Over Prevention
2.25 Restorative Justice and Improving Student Outcomes
2.26 Dismantling Institutional and Systemic Racism
2.27 Improving Outcomes for Children and Youth in Highly Mobile Populations *new* October 2021

Cooperative Role of Parents and Educators (Section 4)

Health and Nutrition (Section 11)

Support for Public Education (Section 18)

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 *amended* October 2021
18.18 Reduction in Class Size
18.19 High School Graduation, College Preparation and Access *retired* October 2021
18.20 School Construction Bond Reform *amended* October 2021
18.22 Children with Special Needs
18.24 Meaningful High School Diploma
18.25 Rights And Services For Undocumented Children And Youth
18.26 Levies and Local Effort Assistance
18.28 Increasing Revenue to Support our Legislative Principles
18.31 Financial Literacy
18.32 Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, Dyscalculia, Dyspraxia
18.33 Increasing Access and Affordability of Post-Secondary/Higher Education and Certificates *retired* October 2021
18.34 Universal Design for Learning
18.36 Equitable Access to Highly Capable Services
18.37 Arts in Education
18.38 Equitable Education Opportunities to Close Gaps Across the Achievement Spectrum
18.39 Cultural Access Programs and Expanded Learning Opportunities
18.40 Improving Access and Outcomes in Special Education 
18.41 Supporting K-12 Career and Technical Education
18.42 Improving Literacy and Educational Outcomes *new* October 2021
18.43 Increasing Access and Affordability of Post-Secondary Education *new* October 2021

Retired Resolutions

1.7 TV Programming and Advertising Promoting Alcohol Use / Alcohol and Drugs
2.7 Sexually Explicit Phone Services / Child Safety and Protection
2.20 Improving Outcomes for Foster and Homeless Youth / 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
11.19 School Nutrition / Health and Safety
11.27 Best Practices – Recess and Physical Activity / Health and Safety
14.2 Television Programming / Mass Media
18.4 Excellence in Education / Support for Public Education
18.17 Education Reform: Defining Our Role / Support for Public Education
18.19 High School Graduation, College Preparation and Access / Support for Public Education
18.21 Career and Technical Education / Support for Public Education
18.23 Third Credit of Math Graduation Requirement / Support for Public Education
18.27 No Child Left Behind and the 1% / Support for Public Education
18.29 Equitable Educational Opportunities / Support for Public Education
18.30 Access to General Education for Students with Disabilities / Support for Public Education
18.33 Increasing Access and Affordability of Post-Secondary/Higher Education and Certificates / Support for Public Education
18.35 Improving Outcomes in Special Education / Support for Public Education
19.3 Support for Children with Economic Disadvantages / Legislative Program

Board Positions

There are currently no active board positions.


Submit a Resolution Proposal

The window for submitting a proposal for consideration at the 2022 Convention is now open. Proposals for the 2022 Legislative Assembly will open in the spring of 2022.

Steps in the Submission Process

  1. Complete the online resolution proposal form.
  2. When WSPTA receives the resolution proposal form they will send you a unique SharePoint folder link for you to upload a Word document that includes the required resolution title, whereas clauses, resolved clauses, persuasive statement, and facts and evidence. Your Word document must be uploaded no later than November 19, 2021. PDF and other non-editable file types will not be accepted.

PLEASE NOTE: You are NOT able to save an in-progress resolution proposal form once in process. If you close your browser or go back, your resolution 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 resolution proposal form in advance and save your answers in a Word document.

Deadlines

  • November 1, 2021 – Email draft title and resolution (for new and amended resolutions) to the WSPTA resolutions chair at resolutions@wastatepta.org
  • November 15, 2021 – Complete and submit online resolution proposal form
  • November 19, 2021 – Upload final proposal Word document in the provided SharePoint folder

Review Resources Prior to Submitting

Resolution Submitter Requirements

  • Be a current Washington State PTA member.
  • Submit a completed Resolution Proposal Form (including the online resolution proposal form and an uploaded Word document) by the deadlines above and include all links/references so the information is verifiable.
  • Be available by email and phone to work with the resolution committee member assigned to review your resolution to provide clarification or additional information as needed.
  • Be available during the resolution committee meeting to answer questions on the resolution.
  • In the case where more than one resolution submitted is of similar scope, agree to work with others to combine resolutions.
  • Register for and attend the WSPTA Convention (or send a representative), May 2022, to present your resolution to attendees to encourage adoption.
  • If your resolution advances to convention, you will also need to provide 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 resolution submitters must sign the Resolution Team Code of Conduct.

IMPORTANT! You will need to make sure that you are a current PTA member, are registered for WSPTA Convention, 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 the deadline for naming voting delegates will be sent to your PTA president closer to the event date.

The resolutions committee will review the resolutions using the Resolutions Review Checklist and make recommendations to the board of directors at its winter 2022 meeting. Following the board meeting, you will be notified if your resolution will be forwarded to the members at convention.

Resolution Proposal Form

Each submitter shall complete the Resolution Proposal Form and submit by the deadline. If the directions are not followed and/or deadlines are not met, it may prevent your resolution 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 convention 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 resolution, amending an existing resolution, or retiring an existing resolution.
  6. For new resolutions 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 resolution. Cite the position or resolution title and year, if known.

New Resolutions: 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 SharePoint folder for your proposal. Submitters will upload a Word document with the following information for proposed new resolutions:

  1. Resolution title – In 60 characters or less, including spaces, provide a proposed title for your new resolution. The title should concisely and accurately describe the resolution.
  2. Resolution whereas clauses – New resolutions may have up to 10 whereas clauses if necessary. Reminder: whereas clauses fall under the purview of the resolutions committee and shall be edited as needed by the committee. If the proposal moves forward, the proposed changes to the whereas clauses will be shared with voting delegates to provide them additional information to inform their vote.
  3. Resolution resolved clauses – New resolutions may have up to four resolved clauses if necessary.
  4. Persuasive statement – Provide a persuasive statement for this new resolution, up to a maximum of 250 words.
  5. Facts and evidence – Provide the facts and evidence that lead you to propose this new resolution. Include references and links to substantiate facts. For each whereas clause, provide 1-3 primary-source citations to back up the statement. Limit your response to no more than 5 pages.

Amendments to Existing Resolutions: 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 SharePoint folder for your proposal. Submitters will upload a Word document with the following information for proposed amendments to existing resolutions:

  1. Current resolution title and number – Provide the current title and number of the existing resolution to be amended.
  2. Resolution title amendments – Indicate your proposed amendments to the current title, if any. The title, as you propose it would read, must be 60 characters or less, including spaces. Use strikethough to note deletions and bold/underline to show additions. The title should concisely and accurately describe the amended resolution.
  3. Whereas clause amendments – Indicate your proposed amendments to the current whereas clauses. Use strikethough to note deletions and bold/underline to show additions. Amended resolutions may have up to 10 whereas clauses if necessary. Reminder: whereas clauses fall under the purview of the resolutions committee and shall be edited as needed by the committee. If the proposal moves forward, the proposed changes to the whereas clauses will be shared with voting delegates to provide them additional information to inform their vote.
  4. Resolved clause amendments – Indicate your proposed amendments to the current resolved clauses. Use strikethough to note deletions and bold/underline to show additions. Amended resolutions may have up to four resolved clauses if necessary.
  5. Persuasive statement – Provide a persuasive statement for the amendment of this resolution, up to a maximum of 250 words.
  6. Facts and evidence – Provide the facts and evidence that lead you to propose amendments to this resolution. Include references and links to substantiate facts. As often as possible, each whereas clause should have 1-3 primary source citations to back up the statement. Limit your response to no more than 5 pages.

Retiring Existing Resolutions: 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 SharePoint folder for your proposal. Submitters will upload a Word document with the following information for proposed retirement of existing resolutions:

  1. Current resolution title and number – Provide the current title and number of the existing resolution to be retired.
  2. Persuasive statement – Provide a persuasive statement for the retirement of this resolution, up to a maximum of 250 words.
  3. Facts and evidence – Provide the facts and evidence that lead you to propose the retirement of this resolution. Limit your response to no more than 5 pages.