LOCAL ADVOCACY REPRESENTATIVES

Fairwood Elementary PTSA:  Rachel Lott

Kent Area Council PTA:  Currently Open Position

Washington State PTA:  Marie Sullivan


Let our state legislators know how important funding our children’s education is to you via emails,  phone calls, or postcards!  Click HERE to go to the Washington State Legislative page for contacts.

To check on the status of a bill or to comment, go to: http://app.leg.wa.gov/billinfo/


2019-20 Events and Updates

2020 Top 5 Legislative Priorities:

  • Social Emotional Learning
  • School Construction & Simple Majority for Bonds
  • Prevent Gun Violence
  • Strategies to Address the Teacher Shortage
  • Strategic K-12 Investments to Close Gaps

2020 Supported Issues:

  • Best Practices for School Meals - Lunch
  • Equitable Identification of Highly Capable Students
  • Best Practices for School Recess
  • Increase Access to High-Quality Preschool
  • Engaging Families for Student Success
  • Raise the Age of Tobacco & Electronic Nicotine Delivery Devices to 21
  • Fund Paraeducator Training
  • Safe School Plans & Emergency Preparedness

Upcoming Events:

2020 Renewal EP&O Levy:

The Kent School District (KSD) Renewal Educational Program & Operations (EP&O) Levy measure on the ballot for the February 11, 2020 election replaces the current levy expiring in December 2020.  

 The renewal EP&O Levy supports educational programs, student learning and staffing. Since 1984 Kent School District has operated with local levy support for education programs and operations.

On Tuesday, January 14th at 6:30pm, at the Fairwood Elementary PTSA General Membership Meeting, Melissa Laramie, Director of Communications and Public Affairs will speak and answer questions about the levy on the February ballot. You do not need to be a member of the PTSA to attend.

Click HERE for more information on the 2020 Renewal EP&O Levy.

Focus Day is on Monday, January 20th:

During each year’s legislative session, Washington State PTA holds its annual Focus Day that brings members together at the state capitol to advocate for the association’s legislative platform. This year they will begin at First Christian Church located in Olympia and will continue onto the capitol.

The Focus Day program will be from 9:30 am to 3:00 pm and information will be focused on the 2020 legislative session.

Please be sure to register and pre-purchase your lunch for the day (lunch must be pre-purchased by January 16).

If you are unable to attend and still want to communicate with our legislators, the WSPTA has created a postcard that individuals or PTAs can print, write a personal message, and then mail or hand-deliver to their legislators.

Advocacy Week will be February 24th - 28th:

In addition to Focus Day, the WSPTA will be asking members to take action from home or phone throughout an entire week.  To participate, subscribe to the WSPTA Action Network to stay informed. Further details of this 2020 event will be available soon.

Click HERE for more information on Focus Day and Advocacy Week.

Recaps:

2019-2020 WSPTA Legislative Assembly

On October 26-27th, 2019, Shawna Crotty represented Fairwood Elementary at the 2019-2020 WSPTA Legislative Assembly.

Click HERE for a recap on the 2019-2020 WSPTA Legislative Assembly.


2018-19 Events and Updates

Recaps:

Legislative Assembly

Krista Haskins and Cachet Kranz attended WSPTA's Legislative Assembly in October 2018. As voting delegates they voted on new principles, resolutions, and issues. The highlight was being surrounded by passionate advocates from all over our state and the magnitude of the PTA's knowledge and impact in the area of advocacy. 

New top five legislative priorities (2-year platform):
  1. Social Emotional Learning
  2. School Construction and Simple Majority for Bonds
  3. Prevent Gun Violence
  4. Strategies to Address the Teacher Shortage
  5. Strategic K-12 Investments to Close Gaps

To see the entire platform, please visit the website.

Focus Day and Advocacy Week

Focus Day was Feb 11th, 2019 and Advocacy Week was Feb 11-15th, 2019. Washington lawmakers make important decisions that affect the health, welfare, safety, and educational opportunities for every child across the state. Focus Day and Advocacy Week each year is about connecting with legislators to advocate on WSPTA priorities.

WA state legislature heard from WA State PTA President Michelle Nims on several important bills affecting state testing and graduation requirements. Read more about it HERE.

Check in with National PTA's Advocacy Programs & Resources

PTA is committed at the school, local, council, region, state and national level. To find out more about National PTA's Advocacy Programs & Resources, check out their website.

Questions? Contact legislative@fairwoodptsa.org

 

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