Focus Day 2017 ~ Monday January 16

An educational opportunity to make a difference to our education legislation in person. Free to register and free bus ride there. Kids are welcome, of course.

Focus Day is intended to serve as a focal point for WSPTA's legislative advocacy. We know that the best advocacy programs are year-round. The intent of Focus Day is not to serve as an end unto itself; rather it is a day to bring WSPTA members to Olympia to sharpen the picture of how our advocacy efforts need to proceed. It's a day of training, education, meetings with legislators, and other activities that help members engage directly in the legislative process. 


Washington State Capitol Building

Registration Cost:

Free Registration ends January 11. REGISTER HERE

Free Bus Ride to Olympia: REGISTER HERE


A box lunch will be provided, only for those who chose the box lunch during registration.


$12 6' sub sandwich, chips, cookie, and water. Sandwich choices include turkey, ham, combo, and veggie. 


$6 3" sub sandwich, apple slices, and apple juice. Sandwich choices include turkey, ham, pepperoni, or cheese (with mayo, American cheese, lettuce, and tomato).


Box lunch option closes January 5. For off-site options, click here. Capitol Dome Deli will be closed as Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is a state holiday.


8:00 a.m. - Registration 

9:00 a.m. - Introductions 

9:15 a.m. - Event Overview & WSPTA Platform Discussion  

9:30 a.m. - Program (to be announced) 

11:35 a.m. - Lunch Break (box lunch pickup if pre-ordered) 

12:15 p.m. - Program in Rotunda (to be announced) 

1:00 p.m. - Program Ends

State PTA 2016 Legislative Assembly

 How do you show Advocacy? You become a member of your PTSA which shows our State Legislators that you support along with the other 130,000 members’, legislation to support all of our children!

At the Legislative Assembly we listened to issues and caucused for them to be on our State PTA top 5 agenda.

After two days, these are the issues we picked to be our 2016-2017 Legislative Platform.

  1. Social Emotional Learning*
  2. Amply Fund Basic Education*
  3. Closing the Opportunity Gap*
  4. Standards for Paraeducators*
  5. Breakfast after the Bell*



45th and 48th Legislative District Candidate Forum

Your Vote Matters for Washington and for Our Kids. Learn where the candidates stand and how they will advocate for our area’s 45,000 kids.

Join us for a community forum to meet the candidates and learn about their views on education issues.

Co-Sponsored by LWPTSA Council and Bellevue PTSA Council

  • Where:  Redmond High School Performing Arts Center (17272 NE 104th St.; Redmond, WA 98052)
  • When:  Wednesday, October 5, 2016; 7-8:30pm

Time to Take the Issues Survey

Help Washington State PTA speak up for kids. Every Fall, the association selects its legislative priorities, and hearing from you is a valuable step in the process. Your responses will assist voting delegates who attend Legislative Assembly in setting the 2016-17 legislative platform. Take the survey.

Survey closes Thursday, October 6 at 12:15pm


Click on any of the links below to read the proposals.

2016-2017 Proposed Legislative Platform
Amply Fund Basic Education*
Breakfast after the Bell*
Closing the Opportunity Gap*
Engaging Families in Student Success
Improving Educational Outcomes for Foster Children*
Post-Secondary Higher Education*
Removing Barriers to Implementing ECEAP
Restorative Justice and School Safety
Social Emotional Learning*
Standards for Paraeducators* 


2016-2017 Proposed Resolutions
Child Sex Trafficking
Dyslexia and its Educational Impact
Mitigating Environmental Hazards and Contaminants in Schools



Let your voice be heard through Advocacy!


Join us October 24-25, 2016

in Olympia
for the WSPTSA Legislative Assembly


Agenda | Issue Packet | Hotel


Any PTSA member can represent KiMS and vote at Legislative Assembly. You do not need to be a Board Member. It’s that easy, so come represent KiMS PTSA and our community.


Please contact Rosalind Vazquez, if you would like to be a delegate.


WSPTA’s priorities for the 2015 and 2016 legislative sessions:


  1. Funding McCleary
  2. Create Positive School Climates Through Social Emotional Learning
  3. Increasing Capital Funding
  4. Increased Access to Higher Education
  5. Breakfast After the Bell




The Washington State Legislature is a bicameral body with 49 members in the Senate and 98 members in the House of Representatives.
You can track bills, read and comment on proposed legislation, learn about committee hearings and testifying, and find all other legislative session information here
Not sure who your legislators are?  Go to this link and enter your address



Focus Day 2015

Wow – we did it!
Focus Day 2015 was a HUGE success. We filled a bus w/ over 50 people plus had even more from our district who drove. Our a.m. meeting was so crowded it had to be moved outside (we were fortunate the weather cooperated). And we got a “Lake Wash SD” shout out for our huge showing during the big rally on the steps.
Yesterday in his newsletter to constituents Sen. Andy Hill recognized our efforts and big turnout. Here’s link to the newsletter if you want the photos/article  in a sharable format (scroll down a bit for Focus Day part).
We are so inspired by the passion of parents and kids to strengthen their educational experience and that of others. Thank you!
From Sen. Andy Hill’s 1/22/2015 newsletter:
PTA Focus Day in Olympia
I always like seeing some friendly faces in Olympia, so I was glad to see the biggest group of participants from the 45th District on ‘PTA Focus Day’ that I have ever seen. This past Monday I met with parents, teachers and students to talk about the budget issues we’re facing and the importance of fighting for high quality student learning. Thank you to all those who took the time to come down to the capitol to advocate for great schools!