Focus Areas


For over one hundred years, Washington State PTA has been advocating for fair and equitable education opportunities for all children. Our passionate members effectively participated in the 2009 passage of ESHB 2261, a massive education reform bill that redefines the state’s “Program of Basic Education” and the funding amounts and methods needed to fully support it.

Members also participated in the 2007 passage of Simple Majority for Levies which allowed school district levies to pass with over 50 percent of the vote rather than 60 percent. Our legislative platform consistently covers basic education, opportunity gap, social emotional learning, and more. In addition, WSPTA is recognized as the respected parent voice by many state agencies such as the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) and participates in working groups and coalitions that align with our mission.

McCleary v. State of Washington

WSPTA participated in the McCleary lawsuit through our membership in the Network for Excellence in Washington Schools (NEWS). NEWS is one of the original plaintiffs in the McCleary lawsuit, and a plaintiff/respondent in the Supreme Court proceedings.

Learning Standards

Washington state learning standards are developed by the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) based on the definition of basic education as defined by the legislature.