Your Voice Matters!
As teachers and parents of children in school, our lives are filled to the brim with responsibilities. It is hard to look up from our daily lives and find the time to do much more than manage work and family.
And yet, our voices are important to bring together to advocate for the wellbeing of all children. The national PTA was founded by mothers concerned about child labor in 1897 and is now a national grassroots network of millions of people working to better the lives or our children. Washington State PTA has worked for 100 years to advocate for all of Washington’s children, and even literally coined the term “preschool.”
Advocacy is central to every local unit PTAs mission. Our PTAs see the needs and work to fill them. Seattle Council PTSA’s role is to represent and support all 81 of Seattle’s PTAs, and that means helping to organize our collective voices. Thankfully, the Washington State PTA supports our efforts through trainings and website resources at tools that you can find here. And we ask that every local unit PTA in Seattle:
LEGISLATOR LOOK UP LIST
Or if you don’t know your Legislative district go to: http://app.leg.wa.gov/districtfinder
Resolution Passed by Seattle Council Board, January 2018
Adopted by the SCPTSA board on December 5, 2016
Adopted by the SCPTSA board on September 29, 2014
Whereas the Seattle Council of Parent Teacher and Student Associations (SCPTSA) advocates for Seattle’s children’s education and wellbeing, the SCPTSA has prioritized the following 5 issues for the 2014-15 school year:
SCPTSA Votes on Legislative Bills
The SCPTSA Board voted on February 10 to endorse or oppose several bills and one set of Principles. See the full list here. Meanwhile, here are the highlights:
SUPPORTED: Washington United for Fair Revenue Principles. A grassroots campaign that would support new revenues to support K-12 public education and long-term care for seniors.
SUPPORTED: SB 5859. Supports needed updates and corrections to the School Construction Assistance formula to help fund the cost of needed new school buildings and address current overcrowding issues and growth projections.
OPPOSED: HB 1860/ HB 2048: Concerning the division of large school districts, which would split the Seattle School District into two districts. See the SCPTSA testimony at the House Education Committee on February 10.
OPPOSED via Resolution: HB 1497: Would allow the board of directors of large, first-class district’s to be appointed as opposed to elected.
Resolution Passed by Seattle Council Board and Membership, October 2013
Alignment of Sleep Requirements for Optimal Health with School Start Times