The foundation of the PTA is advocacy.  As the largest volunteer child advocacy association in the nation, PTA provides parents and families with a powerful voice to speak on behalf of every child and the best tools to help their children be safe, healthy, and successful - in school and in life.  

In Washington State, the PTA has been a leader in engaging all levels of government to improve the lives of all children and their families.  Members of Briarwood PTA play an important role in this process.  Every year, we send delegates to the two major PTA Advocacy events:  Legislative Assembly and Focus Day.  Throughout the year, we keep members informed of relevant legislative issues affecting the Issaquah School District, provide updates on the ongoing legislative session, provide relevant information about and arrange meetings with our local State Legislatures, and promote voter registration for students who have recently turned 18 and for all voters in local, state, and national elections.

Get legislative news and keep up on WSPTA's advocacy at http://wsptagrassroots.blogspot.com. You can sign up for email updates at the blog site.

Legislative Calls to Action:

Periodically, as legislative issues arise that benefit from contact with legislators, PTSA issues a "call to action." Sometimes the "call" requests a trip to Olympia; most of the time, the "call" asks you to phone the Legislative hotline, 1-800-562-6000, or send an email to your representatives and/or senator. (You can find out who they are by clicking on http://app.leg.wa.gov/DistrictFinder/)

Current Calls to Action: 

In the first of what will be many self-imposed deadlines to keep the legislative process moving forward, Friday, February 22nd was the final day for most bills to be considered in policy committees.

Keep up on important events with our Legislative Session Week 7 Preview and Bill Tracker

If you would like to receive WSPTA Action Alerts directly, please sign up for Voter Voice here.


For more information about Advocacy, contact the Briarwood Elementary Advocacy Chair, Kristen Slocum at: kristens@johnlscott.com.

Learn more about the following Advocacy-related topics below:

Legislative Assembly:  October 2018

Focus Day: February 11, 2019, Olympia

Washington State Legislative Report

Issaquah School District Levies and Bonds

National PTA Advocacy

WA State PTA Advocacy

Issaquah PTA Council Advocacy


 

Legislative Assembly: October 2018

Legislative Assembly is an annual gathering of PTA/PTSA representatives from all over the State of Washington.   Delegates from Briarwood PTA and from all over the state of Washington will meet to establish "priority¬Ě" issues that become the Washington State PTA two year, legislative platform.

Legislative Platform:

The Washington State PTA legislative platform is a two-year platform to mirror the Washington state legislative cycle. On the even-numbered years, the new platform is voted on by members at the legislative assembly in the fall. The top five issues become our short-term platform and consist of our priority issues when advocating throughout the year. Other issues are placed on an “also supported” list. During the odd-numbered years, members vote to amend current issues or to add new, emerging issues to the also supported list.

Top 5 Legislative Priorities for 2019:

  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
 
2019 WSPTA Supported Issues:
  1. Best Practices for School Meals – Lunch
  2. Best Practices for School Recess
  3. Engaging Families in Student Success
  4. Fund Paraeducator Training
  5. Increase Access to High-Quality Preschool
  6. Raise the Age of Tobacco and Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems to 21
  7. Safe School Plans and Emergency Preparedness

Additional details and resources can be found on the Washington State PTA Advocacy webpage.

Focus Day: February 11, 2019, Olympia

PTA members from across the state joined with several other advocacy groups in Olympia February 11, 2019 to rally and meet with legislators. 

News: Advocacy Erin Eaton noted that Focus Day is February 11, 2019. Details are on the Washington State PTA website. Kristen Slocum encouraged presidents to talk about this at their general membership meetings. Anyone can attend. Focus Day is a chance to meet with legislators, tour the capitol building, and participate in other activities. Issaquah is typically underrepresented. This is a good event for students, too. Contact Kristen Slocum if you have questions about Focus Day

It's a great opportunity for community service hours for students, and time to us to all advocate for our kid's education! For more information click here.

Washington State Legislative Report

State Budget: Check the Issaquah School District website for up to date information on how the state budget will affect our schools. 

Information about the State Legislature can be found on the Washington State Legislature website.

If you would like to contact your State legislators, you can call or email them.
Locate email contact information for your legislators at http://www.leg.wa.gov/pages/home.aspx (click on the "Find Your District" tab, enter your address and a map of your legislative district along with the email addresses for your legislators will be displayed). Leave a voice message by phoning the Legislative Hotline, 1.800.562.6000.

School District Levies and Bonds

There will be 3 Renewal Levies for our Issaquah Schools on the February 13th, 2018 ballot!

The school board approved 3 renewal levy ballot measures to go before voters on February 13th after input from community members, legislators and district residents. After much discussion, the school board and ISD administration approved a plan to keep our high quality of education in Issaquah, while taking into consideration the tax impact on our community.

Please click here for more information and to review the ballot measures and tax impact

Please click here for details and to endorse these ballot measures

Levies are typically voted upon every four years. Bonds are submitted to the voters on an as-needed basis. For the latest information about levies visit the Issaquah School District website.

Volunteers  for Issaquah Schools (VIS) is an organization that organizes campaigns to pass levies and bonds in the Issaquah School District. VIS is on Facebook. Both students and parents can join their own Facebook groups: Issaquah Students for Issaquah Schools (ISIS) and Volunteers for Issaquah Schools (VIS). Join today and keep up on the latest VIS news.

If you have any questions about VIS, visit http://www.visvote.org.

National and Washington State PTA Advocacy

For more information on the National PTA's advocacy efforts and who to contact, visit their advocacy page.

For more information and who to contact about Washington State PTA's advocacy issues, check out the Advocacy section of the Washington State PTA website.  

Issaquah Council PTA Advocacy

Your Council PTA also has an Advocacy/Legislative contact and webpage.  Click here for more information.