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WSPTA Legislative Assembly Voting Information


During the 42nd annual Washington State PTA Legislative Assembly, delegates decide the public policy positions that guide state and local advocacy work for WSPTA and its associated local PTAs and councils.

Delegates will vote on one new legislative principle, eight new legislative issues, eight new resolutions, and one amendment to an existing resolution. Legislative issues will also be ranked by delegates to determine a Top 5 for the 2021 and 2022 legislative sessions.

The 2020 Voters’ Guide has been created to help delegates prepare for the caucusing and general sessions. To supplement this guide a short education video has also been created about each topic and is available for members in our video showcase.

In addition, delegates will approve the standing rules that will govern the legislative assembly processes and procedures.

Delegate Information

Delegate authorization deadline was October 6

Voting Delegate Authorization

The president for each PTA will be sent an email containing a link to a survey that must be used to identify authorized voting delegates. The survey form linked to the email will contain spaces for the number of delegates your PTA is allowed according to WSPTA bylaws. If a president is a voting delegate, you must include them in the list of delegates on this survey form.

Your list of delegates must be completed and submitted to the WSPTA office no later than 11:59 pm, October 6. If a president does not turn in the names by this date the attendees will not be eligible to be a voting delegate.

A voting delegate will not be able to vote for both a local PTA and a council. Each individual is allowed to represent only one PTA or Council. If the WSPTA office receives a duplicate name, we will let both the local PTA and the council know.

This survey form can be completed before or after the member registers. The on-screen confirmation for this form includes a link to the registration payment form for your convenience. Identifying a member as a delegate does not register the member to attend – a registration payment form must be completed.

Delegates must be a paid member of the PTA. The PTA must be in good standing.

Voting Delegate Responsibilities

You are voting on behalf of your local PTA/PTSA or council. Legislative principle, issue, and resolution education videos are available to help you understand the submitter’s proposal. You also have the opportunity to share your opinions through caucusing.

Delegates may also work with their PTA to share the survey link to gather information specific to the needs of their community.

Voting Delegate Information

The Voting Delegate Information document provides information to help you understand who can be a voting delegate and the difference between a voting delegate and an attendee.


Amendment Information

Detailed information is also available in the How Things Work guide.

Amendments were prefiled by the applicable deadline

Amendments Submitted by Designated Voting Delegates

Amendments needed to be pre-filed within two days of the conclusion of the related caucus session. In total, seven amendments were filed. The amendments committee reviewed all submissions and created a Proposed Amendments document available for delegates.

Amendments:

  • New issue #1 – Safe School Plans and Emergency Preparedness
  • New Issue #4 – Prevent and Reduce Gun Violence and Suicide (three separate amendments received)
  • New Issue #7 – Support Students and Preserve Education Funding
  • New Resolution #3 – Equitable Access to Recess, Play, Unstructured Time, and Physical Activity
  • Existing Resolution #9 – Mitigating the Health Effects of Climate Change

For full details on the amendment process please refer to the How Things Work guide.

Last deadline to submit was October 5

Prefiling Amendments

Amendments must be pre-filed within two days of the conclusion of the related caucus session. For example, to make an amendment on the resolution “Supporting K-12 Career and Technical Education”, caucus scheduled for September 29, your amendment would need to be submitted by 11:59 pm, October 1. This same deadline applies to proponent and opponent speaker names (and alternates).

Amendments to a legislative principle, issue, resolution, or the standing rules may only be considered at legislative assembly if they are submitted by a voting delegate to the amendments committee by the advertised deadline and reported to the assembly by the amendments committee.

Voting delegates will use online submission forms to submit proposed amendments, as well as to submit proponent (or opponent) speaker names (and alternates). These online submission forms will be shared during all caucus sessions, as well as posted on the legislative assembly webpage.

Last deadline to submit was October 5

Amendments Deadlines

Equitable Access to Recess, Play, Unstructured Time, and Physical Activity (Resolution): by 11:59 pm October 1

Cultural Access Programs and Expanded Learning Opportunities (Resolution): by 11:59 pm October 1

Supporting K-12 Career and Technical Education (Resolution): by 11:59 pm October 1

School Nutrition, Breakfast and Lunch Policies (Resolution): by 11:59 pm October 2

Support Students and Preserve Education Funding (Issue): by 11:59 pm October 2

Mitigating the Adverse Impacts of Climate Change (Issue): by 11:59 pm October 2

11.28 Mitigating the Health Effects of Climate Change (Resolution): by 11:59 pm October 2

Increase Access to Nursing, Mental Health, and Social Emotional Learning Staff (Issue): by 11:59 pm October 3

Improving Access and Outcomes in Special Education (Resolution): by 11:59 pm October 3

Supports and Funding for Students with Disabilities and Their Families (Issue): by 11:59 pm October 3

Prevent and Reduce Gun Violence and Suicide (Issue): by 11:59 pm October 3

Equitable Identification and Services for Highly Capable Students (Issue): by 11:59 pm October 4

Anti-racism, anti-discrimination, anti-oppression (Principle): by 11:59 pm October 4

Increasing Educational Equity by Closing the Digital Divide (Issue): by 11:59 pm October 4

Social Emotional Learning and Student Success (Resolution): by 11:59 pm October 4

Safe School Plans and Emergency Preparedness (Issue): by 11:59 pm October 5

Restorative Justice and Improving Student Outcomes (Resolution): by 11:59 pm October 5

Dismantling Institutional and Systemic Racism (Resolution): by 11:59 pm October 5

Standing Rules: by 11:59 pm October 5

Limits and Restrictions for Amendments

The parts of each proposed legislative principle, issue, and resolution that can be amended by voting delegates are shown in the shaded boxes in the voters’ guide.

Resolutions may not have more than four resolved clauses.

Resolution whereas clauses will be updated by the resolutions committee as needed.

Amendment Committee

The committee will work with amendment submitters to prepare suitable amendments that have the same effect as the proposed amendments.

Amendments will be listed in a logical order to the legislative assembly without a recommendation for action from the committee.

The committee may decide not to report an amendment to the legislative assembly with a 2/3 vote of the committee.

Each amendment that is not reported to the assembly, along with the reason it was not reported, will be listed for voting delegates.

Reasons an amendment may not be reported to the assembly include:

  • The amendment was not received by the advertised deadline.
  • The amendment was not submitted by a registered and authorized voting delegate.
  • The amendment conflicts with the WSPTA legislative program or with National PTA resolutions or position statements.
  • The amendment is not consistent with PTA purposes, values, vision, and mission, and does not relate to the health, safety, well-being, and education of children and youth.
  • The amendment harms or negatively impacts WSPTA (including, but not limited to, legal, financial, volunteers, and other resources, as well as implications to existing partnership and coalition agreements).
  • Amendments to correct grammar, spelling, punctuation, style, cross-references, and make other technical changes will be handled by the committee, so amendments to correct these items are not in order.

Member Survey Information

Note: The survey is now closed. PTAs will receive the analysis for their communities soon.

Find Out What's Important to Your Members

Find out what is important to your members. We have made it easy for PTA leaders to survey your members with this e-survey. Just send the link out to your members.

WSPTA will send you the results for your school before legislative assembly starts to see your members’ responses.

Your delegates can use these results to guide their votes along with the education and caucusing sessions available for all topics. This survey will provide great input to help your delegates represent your PTA. WSPTA recommends that PTAs provide the link to this survey several times and through a variety of methods. For the most representative results there should be over 20 responses.

Survey closes on October 9.

For local PTAs and councils in sharing the survey with members

Communications Kit to Members

Short version:

What issues are most important to you? Hurry – survey closes on October 9.

Your  voice matters — please take a few minutes and complete our  [insert your PTA or council name) PTA e-survey.

There’s a wide range of advocacy topics and we need your input when we vote at the upcoming Washington State PTA Legislative Assembly.  The survey references the topic titles only. Take a few moments to review the WSPTA Voters’ Guide. Don’t delay, the e-survey closes on October 9.


Long version:

What issues are most important to you?

Member voice matters — please take a few minutes and complete our  [insert your PTA or council name) PTA e-survey. There’s a wide range of advocacy issues and we need your voice to help our PTA delegates vote on the Top 5 issues that are most important to us. The survey also includes other proposed positions that delegates will vote on to develop the WSPTA platform.  The issues all support the health, education, and welfare of children and youth but the proposed platform covers a wide spectrum of advocacy positions and legislative policies from increasing access to mental health to preventing gun violence and suicide to closing the digital divide. There are also eight resolutions with topics ranging from access to recess and unstructured play to improving outcomes in special education to dismantling institutional and systemic racism. Plus one new principle against racism, discrimination, and oppression.  Take the e-survey and let us know what’s important to you.

There’s also a WSPTA Voters’ Guide to give you more information on all the issues as the survey just has the titles. Take a few moments to review that information as you take the e-survey.

Your replies will help guide our PTA’s delegates when they vote at the upcoming WSPTA Legislative Assembly in late October where the new 2020-2021 Platform will be set.

Take a few moments to learn more about the proposed positions and share your priorities with us with the e-survey. But don’t delay the e-survey closes on October 9.