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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.

WSPTA Resolutions List

Alcohol and Drugs

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

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

Cooperative Role of Parents and Educators

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

5.3 Arts Education In Public Schools and Washington State

Health and Nutrition

11.1 Juvenile Diabetes
11.11 Indoor Air Standards
11.17 Tobacco Settlement Money
11.19 School Nutrition
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

Mass Media

14.4 Internet Safety

Support for Public Education

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

Legislative Program

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


**Proposal submittal form coming soon**


  • Submitter name and contact information, resolution topic and title due November 1
  • Complete submittal due November 15
  • Note: Submittal deadlines for resolution consideration at the 2018 WSPTA Legislative Assembly will be announced in the spring.

Resolution Submitters’ 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 or legislative committee member assigned to review your issue to provide clarification where needed
  • Be available during the resolutions or legislative committee meeting to answer questions on the resolution
  • In the case where one or more resolutions submitted are of similar scope, work with others to combine resolutions
  • All resolution submitters whose resolution is selected to move forward must sign a Code of Conduct

The resolutions and/or legislative 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 during this time if additional information is required.  Following the board meeting, you will be notified if your proposal will be forwarded to the members at legislative assembly.

If your resolution is approved to move forward, it is recommended that you prepare as follows for your best chance of success:

One Month Prior To Legislative Assembly:

  • Create a PowerPoint presentation using the provided template
  • Submit any handouts you plan to use to the legislative committee for approval

Legislative Assembly:

  • Attend legislative assembly (or send a representative) to present your proposal to attendees
  • Present your proposal to the assembly to encourage adoption to the catalog of resolutions
  • Develop an action plan on how you will work the resolution and engage with other supporters prior to and during the legislative session
  • Consider methods you will use to communicate with your proposal supporters

During the Legislative Session:

  • Weekly legislative committee phone calls will address bills and action on the Top 5 issues and issues that are hot legislative topics; you may be invited to participate in these calls
  • As needed, help prepare testimony, testify in Olympia and recruit other potential leaders interested in testifying on the topic