The Washington State Legislative Session starts Monday, January 9th, so Northshore Council PTSA is gearing up for Washington State PTA Focus Week: February 20th - 24th. (Update 1/17/23: Focus week is now February 6-10th) Mark your calendar to join us on February 20th (Presidents Day) to meet with our legislators. We'll be sharing our Legislative priorities and personal stories to help our lawmakers understand how policies impact our students and families. In preparation for our advocacy work, sign up for a free zoom with our Legislative Consultant, Marie Sullivan, this Thursday, January 11, 2023. More details below.
If you have questions or would like to discuss advocacy issues with Northshore VP Advocacy, Jennifer Drury, email her at email@example.com.
What is Focus on Advocacy Day?
February 20th kicks off a full week of member advocacy! We need WSPTA leaders and members to meet with their state representatives and senators to share the PTA mission and priorities. Let’s make sure the PTA voice is loud and proud on this day! You will be provided with everything you need to know in order to schedule and hold a successful meeting with your legislators. While these meetings would ideally be on Monday (Focus on Advocacy Day), they may need to be scheduled throughout the week to accommodate your legislators’ schedules.
What is Focus on Advocacy Week?
Your actions throughout the week of February 20 - 24th (Update: rescheduled February 6-10th) will be quick and easy, but will make a tremendous impact. It will be so easy that you can take action from home, while waiting for a coffee order, or sitting in your child’s pick-up line!
WSPTA will be asking members to act virtually throughout Focus on Advocacy Week. Each day will focus on an important part of the WSPTA platform. The best way to participate is by subscribing to the WSPTA Action Network so that you receive the daily calls to action for this week and periodically throughout the legislative session. You will be provided with easily customizable messages that the action alert system will automatically send to your legislators. It is easy to do and only takes a few minutes! We also encourage you to share your advocacy work on your personal and PTA social media accounts throughout the week using the hashtag #WSPTAOneVoice.
2023 Legislative Panel Preview
Key leaders of the Washington State Legislature provided a preview of priorities for the 2023 Legislative Session. This was an interactive meeting where attendees had the opportunity to learn how policy and budget priorities may align with WSPTA’s adopted legislative platform and get the most current information about how to participate in the process this year. You can watch the 2023 Legislative Panel Preview on WSPTA's YouTube page.