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WSPTA Legislative Assembly General Information


Registration and Cost

WSPTA members, with a paid membership, can attend this year’s virtual legislative assembly. The cost to participate is $25. Student participation is $10. This includes access to caucusing and classes. Only those members designated as a delegate will be able to debate and vote at the general sessions on October 24 and 25.

The legislative assembly will span September 29 through October 25, visit the Schedule of Events page for details.

Registration closed on October 8.

Frequently Asked Questions

Listed in no particular order.

*added September 23*

Will you please provide a summary of the various dates and deadlines?

There are many dates to keep track of. Here is a list in chronological order:

  • Education/Q&A/Caucusing live sessions: September 29 – October 3
  • Rolling amendment deadlines: October 1-5
  • Submittal of voting delegates deadline: October 6
  • Classes and panels: October 6 – 21
  • Legislative Assembly registration deadline: October 8
  • Member voice e-survey closes: October 9
  • Legislative Assembly general sessions: October 24 – 25
*added October 6*

How do I access the classes and panels?

Anyone who has registered for the WSPTA Legislative Assembly will automatically receive a Zoom link one day prior to each class or panel and a final reminder one hour prior to the beginning of the class or panel.

If you do not wish to attend that particular class or panel simply delete the email.

The exception is for anyone who registers on October 5 or 6. Details about receiving access to those panels are located on the schedule page in the specific panel dropdown. These registrants will need to contact support@wastatepta.org before 2:00 pm on the given day to receive access.

*added September 29*

How do I know the priorities for my PTA community to help inform my vote?

Washington State PTA has created an e-survey that PTAs can send to their members. The deadline to complete the survey is October 9. Once the survey closes, WSPTA will send each PTA the results specific to their community. We encourage all members to take the survey.

*added September 23*

Why should I participate in caucusing?

Why do we caucus? Caucusing allows voting delegates to work together on a strategy for a proposal. This time to strategize allows the proponent (support) and opposition (dissent) statements, and any proposed amendments to be discussed, well thought out, and written out in advance. Due to this year’s virtual format, all amendments must be pre-filed within two days of the caucus session.

This year we are also asking each pro and con caucus to agree upon and submit their proponent or opponent speaker names. This is the first pro and con speaker for a specific position. These speaker names are due the same date as any proposed amendments for that specific caucus. Alternate proponent or opponent speaker names are encouraged in case of last-minute technology issues.

Caucus time is limited, so not all attendees may have time to speak. Every effort will be made to allow as much discussion as possible. Further discussion may occur outside of the caucus session for those interested.

For more information on caucusing review the How Things Work guide and the video Caucusing and Amendments.

*updated October 6*

I've never attended, is there an easy summary to understand what this is all about?

Yes! There is a “What First-Timers Need to Know!” video on our YouTube channel that will give any member a great overview of the WSPTA legislative program and specifically what to expect for this year’s legislative assembly.

Don’t miss the companion video “Caucusing and Amendments” to further assist you in being prepared for this year’s event.

Just added (October 6): “How General Sessions Work Virtually“.

*added September 28*

How do I learn more about the legislative issues, principles, and resolutions?

The main resource is the 2020 Voters’ Guide. This guide provides the full text of the proposed new legislative issues and resolutions, gives context for the proposed new legislative principle, and details the exact changes proposed to amend one resolution. Members will also find a persuasive statement from the submitter explaining why WSPTA should adopt the proposal.

In addition, an education video has been prepared for all 18 proposed topics. The videos can be accessed on the Vimeo showcase.

And finally, there is an e-survey that can be shared with members to learn what priorities are important within your community. After the survey closes on October 9, WSPTA will send each PTA the results for their PTA community.

Does my 2019-2020 membership count?

A paid PTA membership for legislative assembly includes membership for the 2019-2020 year as well as for the 2020-2021 year. Any purchased membership is good through October 31 of the next year. A 2019-2020 membership will not expire until October 31, 2020.

*updated October 6*

Are the general sessions different from the rest of the legislative assembly?

Yes. The general sessions will be on October 24 and 25. Only those members who have been designated by their president to serve as voting delegates for their PTA will be able to debate and vote. Information about the business to be covered is included on the Voting Information page. Designated delegates must be registered attendees for this event.

Learn more about general sessions in this video.


WSPTA Code of Conduct

To provide a safe, welcoming, and harassment-free event, all attendees are expected to behave with decorum and civility. Incivility, harassment, or discrimination of any kind will not be tolerated. WSPTA reserves the right to take appropriate action to address any individual it believes fails to meet these expectations, including expelling the individual from the meeting and prohibiting attendance at future events.

Individuals with Disabilities

Washington State PTA strives to assure that all meetings and other activities of the Association are available for participation by all its members, consistent with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Washington State Law Against Discrimination (RCW 49.60). Individuals requiring special accommodations to attend or participate in WSPTA meetings should contact the WSPTA office in advance: (253) 214-7410 or email: support@wastatepta.org.

Cancellation Policy

All cancellations must be in writing to support@wastatepta.org. Cancellations received by 11:59 pm, Monday, September 28, will receive a full refund less a $10 cancellation fee. No refunds will be given for cancellations received after 11:59 pm, September 28.