ADVOCACY

The foundation of the PTA is advocacy.  As the largest volunteer child advocacy association in the nation, PTA provides parents and families with a powerful voice to speak on behalf of every child and the best tools to help their children be safe, healthy, and successful - in school and in life. We advocate for children at school, district, regional, and state and national levels.

Throughout the year, we keep members informed of relevant legislative issues affecting the Issaquah School District and Issaquah High School, provide updates on the ongoing legislative session, provide relevant information about and arrange meetings with our local state legislators, and promote voter registration for students who have recently turned 18 and for all voters in local, state, and national elections.

In Washington State, PTA has been a leader in engaging all levels of government to improve the lives of all children and their families. Members of IH PTSA play an important role in this process.  Every year, we send delegates to the two major Washington State PTA Advocacy events: Legislative Assembly in the fall, and Focus Day in the winter.  See below for more information about both of these events.

To learn more about Washington State PTA legislative priorities and other supported issues, please see the advocacy page of the Washington State PTA.

Washington State PTA Guide to Proposed Resolutions and Legislative Issues that will be voted upon this weekend. Here's the link to the Guide: https://www.wastatepta.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/2017-Resolution-and-Issue-Guide.pdf

 

Legislative Calls to Action:

Periodically, as legislative issues arise that benefit from parents contacting their legislators, PTSA issues a "call to action." Most of the time, these are requests that you phone the Legislative hotline, 1-800-562-6000, or send an email to your representatives and/or senator.

If you are interested in receiving email action alerts and contacting your state representatives and/or senator, please email the Issaquah High PTSA Advocacy Chair.

Legislative Assembly:

This year, Legislative Assembly will take place October 20-21, 2017 at the Hotel Murano in Tacoma. You will learn about advocacy at all levels, network with other PTA members, and add your PTA's voice to our platform for the coming year. During Legislative Assembly, delegates will have the opportunity to debate, amend, and vote on the addition of four long-term Resolutions and seven short-term Issues to the WSPTA Platform. Only paid 2017-2018 WSPTA members and students can attend. The cost is $170 for adults and $135 for students. For more information, and to register, please click here.

Focus Day:

Focus Day is typically held in January or early February. It is a day in which PTA members from around the state gather in Olympia to rally and meet with legislators. On Focus Day 2017, around 5,500 people joined together to urge our legislature to fulfill its paramount duty to amply fund basic education for all children residing in Washington State. Discussions regarding Focus Day planning for 2018 are ongoing, and will be updated here when details are available.

Local Issues:

Members of IH PTSA have been involved in advocating for issues on a local level as well as regional and state levels. This has included issues such as crosswalks and parking lot safety, sleep education, and supporting passage of school bonds and levies. If there is an issue that impacts the educational opportunities, learning or social environment, or health and safety of our students that you would like the IH PTSA to work on, please contact the Advocacy Chair, Dea Barnett, at advocacy.ih.ptsa@gmail.com to discuss.

School District Levies and Bonds:

Levies are typically voted upon every four years. There will be a levy on the Spring 2018 ballot. Bonds are submitted to the voters on an as-needed basis. In 2016, voters approved a $533.5M bond for school construction and maintenance. Volunteers for Issaquah Schools (VIS) is an organization that organizes campaigns to pass levies and bonds in the Issaquah School District. If you have any questions about VIS, visit our VIS page.