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Proposals for new (or amendments to existing) resolutions now being accepted. Details listed below.


Resolutions guide our advocacy work from the local to the state level. They may be amended and updated, or retired, and are usually broader in scope than legislative issues.  Washington State PTA (WSPTA) considers resolutions submitted in May for adoption or amendment at our legislative assembly in the fall, and those submitted in November for adoption or amendment at our annual convention in the spring. Any PTA member is encouraged to submit a resolution that addresses concerns that affect children on a state-wide level. WSPTA resolutions provide support on issues that are not currently covered by National PTA. WSPTA resolutions may not conflict with National PTA resolutions.

The following is a list of WSPTA resolutions by topic. In addition, you can view the WSPTA Board Positions And Resolutions (October 2020 version of document available soon) in detail. A list of retired resolutions whose objectives have been met can be found here.

WSPTA Resolutions List

Alcohol and Drugs (Section 1)

Child Safety and Protection (Section 2)

2.1  Safe Travel Routes and Parking Lots
2.2  Child Identification Program
2.8 Bicycle Helmet Safety Education
2.9 Emergency Preparedness
2.11 Promoting the Safety / Well-Being of Children through Decreased Exposure to Violence
2.13 Youth Suicide Prevention
2.14 Child Abuse Prevention Supports
2.15 E-911 Safety Training for Youth
2.16 Water Safety and Instruction
2.17 Child Sex Trafficking
2.18 Trauma Informed Care
2.19 LGBTQ+ Inclusion
2.20 Improving Outcomes for Foster and Homeless Youth
2.21 Sexual Violence and Harassment Prevention and Survivor Supports
2.22 Digital and Internet Safety
2.23 Gun Violence Prevention and Safety – Students and School Staff
2.24 Furniture Tip-Over Prevention
2.25 Restorative Justice and Improving Student Outcomes *new* October 2020
2.26 Dismantling Institutional and Systemic Racism *new* October 2020

Cooperative Role of Parents and Educators (Section 4)

Health and Nutrition (Section 11)

11.1 Students with Diabetes
11.11 Indoor Air Standards
11.17 Tobacco Settlement Money
11.19 School Nutrition *retired* October 2020
11.20 Energy Drinks
11.21 Alignment of Sleep Requirement for Optimum Health with School Start Times
11.22 Allergies and Asthma
11.23 Access to Health and Dental Care
11.24 Paid Sick and Family Leave
11.25 Mitigating Environmental Hazards and Contaminants in Schools
11.26 Supporting the Mental and Behavioral Health Needs of Children and Youth
11.27 Best Practices – Recess and Physical Activity *retired* October 2020
11.28 Mitigating the Health Effects of Climate Change *amended* October 2020
11.29 School Nutrition, Breakfast and Lunch Policies *new* October 2020
11.30 Equitable Access to Recess, Play, Unstructured Time, and Physical Activity *new* October 2020
11.31 Social Emotional Learning and Student Success *new* October 2020

Support for Public Education (Section 18)

18.5 Funding for Basic Education
18.6 Uninterrupted Operation of Schools
18.9 Participation and Oversight in Education Budgets
18.11 Common School/Construction Funding
18.13 Student Assessment and Testing
18.18 Reduction in Class Size
18.19 High School Graduation, College Preparation and Access
18.20 School Bond Election Reform
18.21 Career Technical Education *retired* October 2020
18.22 Children with Special Needs
18.24 Meaningful High School Diploma
18.25 Rights And Services For Undocumented Children And Youth
18.26 Levies and Local Effort Assistance
18.27 No Child Left Behind and the 1% *retired* October 2020
18.28 Increasing Revenue to Support our Legislative Principles
18.30 Access to General Education for Students with Disabilities *retired* October 2020
18.31 Financial Literacy
18.32 Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, Dyscalculia, Dyspraxia
18.33 Increasing Access and Affordability of Post-Secondary/Higher Education and Certificates
18.34 Universal Design for Learning
18.35 Improving Outcomes in Special Education *retired* October 2020
18.36 Equitable Access to Highly Capable Services
18.37 Arts in Education
18.38 Equitable Education Opportunities to Close Gaps Across the Achievement Spectrum
18.39 Cultural Access Programs and Expanded Learning Opportunities *new* October 2020
18.40 Improving Access and Outcomes in Special Education *new* October 2020
18.41 Supporting K-12 Career and Technical Education *new* October 2020

Retired Resolutions

1.7 TV Programming and Advertising Promoting Alcohol Use / Alcohol and Drugs
2.7 Sexually Explicit Phone Services / Child Safety and Protection
4.5 Non-Custodial Parent Rights to School Records / Cooperative Role of Parents and Educational Professionals
11.4 Comprehensive School Health Education / Health and Nutrition
11.13 HIV/AIDS Education / Health and Nutrition
11.14 People Living with HIV, AIDS / Health and Nutrition
11.18 Food Safety / Health and Safety
11.19 School Nutrition / Health and Safety
11.27 Best Practices – Recess and Physical Activity / Health and Safety
14.2 Television Programming / Mass Media
18.4 Excellence in Education / Support for Public Education
18.17 Education Reform: Defining Our Role / Support for Public Education
18.21 Career and Technical Education / Support for Public Education
18.23 Third Credit of Math Graduation Requirement / Support for Public Education
18.27 No Child Left Behind and the 1% / Support for Public Education
18.29 Equitable Educational Opportunities / Support for Public Education
18.30 Access to General Education for Students with Disabilities / Support for Public Education
18.35 Improving Outcomes in Special Education / Support for Public Education
19.3 Support for Children with Economic Disadvantages / Legislative Program

Board Positions


Submit a Resolution Proposal

Steps in the Submission Process

  1. Complete the online resolution proposal form (http://bit.ly/2020WSPTAResolutionForm).
  2. When WSPTA receives the resolution proposal form they will send you a unique Dropbox link for you to upload a Word document that includes the required resolution title, whereas clauses, resolved clauses, persuasive statement, and facts and evidence. Your Word document must be uploaded no later than November 19, 2020.

PLEASE NOTE: You are NOT able to save an in-progress resolution proposal form once in process. If you close your browser or go back, your resolution proposal form will not be recorded. You must complete the proposal form in one sitting. We recommend that you review the required elements of the resolution proposal form in advance and save your answers in a Word document.

Deadlines

  • November 1, 2020 – Email title and draft resolution (for new and amended resolutions) to the WSPTA resolutions chair at resolutions@wastatepta.org
  • November 15, 2020 – Complete and submit online resolution proposal form
  • November 19, 2020 – Upload final proposal Word document in the provided Dropbox folder

Review Resources Prior to Submitting

Resolution Submitter Requirements

  • Be a current Washington State PTA
  • Submit a completed Resolution Proposal Form (including the online resolution proposal form and an uploaded Word document) by the deadlines above and include all links/references so the information is
  • Be available by email and phone to work with the resolution committee member assigned to review your resolution to provide clarification or additional information as
  • Be available during the resolution committee meeting to answer questions on the resolution.
  • In the case where more than one resolution submitted are of similar scope, agree to work with others to combine
  • Register for and attend the WSPTA Convention (or send a representative) May 2021 to present your resolution to attendees to encourage adoption.
  • Additional items may be requested such as a five-minute education PowerPoint to share with delegates, additional talking points to share with other supporters during caucusing, and an opening persuasive statement for the debate.
  • All resolution submitters must sign the Resolution Team Code of Conduct.

IMPORTANT! You will need to make sure that you are a 2020-21 PTA member, are registered for WSPTA Convention, and are designated as a voting delegate by your PTA president, who must submit your name to the WSPTA office. Details on the procedure and deadline for naming voting delegates will be sent to your PTA president closer to the event date.

The resolutions committee will review the resolutions using the Resolutions Review Checklist and make recommendations to the board of directors at its winter 2021 meeting. Following the board meeting, you will be notified if your resolution will be forwarded to the members at convention.

Resolution Proposal Form

Each submitter shall complete the Resolution Proposal Form and submit by the deadline. If the directions are not followed and/or deadlines are not met, it may prevent your resolution from being considered and/or moving forward.

Submitter Information:

  1. Identify whether the submission is being offered by an individual PTA member, local PTA/PTSA (in good standing), council (in good standing), or WSPTA committee.
  2. Provide primary submitter contact information including name, PTA/PTSA name and number, mobile number, and email.
  3. Provide additional submitter contact (if applicable) including name, PTA/PTSA name and number, mobile number, and email.
  4. Identify if you are submitting a new resolution, amending an existing resolution, or retiring an existing resolution.
  5. For new resolutions only:
  • Work in progress – Are any legislators and/or groups or coalitions currently working on this topic?
  • Is this topic a current or past position of PTA? – List the WSPTA, other state PTA congress, or National PTA positions, principles, issues or resolutions that align with your proposed new resolution. Cite the position or resolution title and year, if known.

New Resolutions: When you have completed and submitted the online form, WSPTA will send an email to the indicated primary submitter’s email address within two days. This email will include a link to a unique Dropbox folder for your proposal. Submitters will upload a Word document with the following information for proposed new resolutions:

  1. Resolution title – In 60 characters or less, including spaces, provide a proposed title for your new resolution. The title should concisely and accurately describe the resolution.
  2. Resolution whereas clauses – New resolutions may have up to 10 whereas clauses if necessary. Reminder: whereas clauses fall under the purview of the resolutions committee and shall be edited as needed by the committee. If the proposal moves forward, the proposed changes to the whereas clauses will be shared with voting delegates to provide them additional information to inform their vote.
  3. Resolution resolved clauses – New resolutions may have up to four resolved clauses if necessary.
  4. Persuasive statement – Provide a persuasive statement for this new resolution, up to a maximum of 250 words.
  5. Facts and evidence – Provide the facts and evidence that lead you to propose this new resolution. Include references and links to substantiate facts. For each whereas clause, provide 1-3 primary-source citations to back up the statement. Limit your response to no more than 5 pages.

Amendments to Existing Resolutions: When you have completed and submitted the online form, WSPTA will send an email to the indicated primary submitter’s email address within two days. This email will include a link to a unique Dropbox folder for your proposal. Submitters will upload a Word document with the following information for proposed amendments to existing resolutions:

  1. Current resolution title and number – Provide the current title and number of the existing resolution to be amended.
  2. Resolution title amendments – Indicate your proposed amendments to the current title, if any. The title, as you propose it would read, must be 60 characters or less, including spaces. Use strikethough to note deletions and bold/underline to show additions. The title should concisely and accurately describe the amended resolution.
  3. Whereas clause amendments – Indicate your proposed amendments to the current whereas clauses. Use strikethough to note deletions and bold/underline to show additions. Amended resolutions may have up to 10 whereas clauses if necessary. Reminder: whereas clauses fall under the purview of the resolutions committee and shall be edited as needed by the committee. If the proposal moves forward, the proposed changes to the whereas clauses will be shared with voting delegates to provide them additional information to inform their vote.
  4. Resolved clause amendments – Indicate your proposed amendments to the current resolved clauses. Use strikethough to note deletions and bold/underline to show additions. Amended resolutions may have up to four resolved clauses if necessary.
  5. Persuasive statement – Provide a persuasive statement for the amendment of this resolution, up to a maximum of 250 words.
  6. Facts and evidence – Provide the facts and evidence that lead you to propose amendments to this resolution. Include references and links to substantiate facts. As often as possible, each whereas clause should have 1-3 primary source citations to back up the statement. Limit your response to no more than 5 pages.

Retiring Existing Resolutions: When you have completed and submitted the online form, WSPTA will send an email to the indicated primary submitter’s email address within two days. This email will include a link to a unique Dropbox folder for your proposal. Submitters will upload a Word document with the following information for proposed retirement of existing resolutions:

  1. Current resolution title and number – Provide the current title and number of the existing resolution to be retired.
  2. Persuasive statement – Provide a persuasive statement for the retirement of this resolution, up to a maximum of 250 words.
  3. Facts and evidence – Provide the facts and evidence that lead you to propose the retirement of this resolution. Limit your response to no more than 5 pages.