For more than 100 years, the Parent Teacher Association has advocated for the education and well-being of all children and provided support to members so that they can speak with a powerful voice and be a relevant resource for parents.

The Washington State PTA (WSPTA) dates back to 1905.  In addition to supporting PTA's national issues, the  WSPTA focuses  on articulating the needs of Washington children and on helping local units identify and support a platform that advances the interests of all children.  The WSPTA does this by identifying legislative principles, voting on resolutions that affect how we use advocacy resources, and determining short-term legislative priorities.

PTA's national priorities for 2011 include:

  • Parental provisions in Elementary and Secondary Education Act/"No Child Left Behind"
  • Reauthorizing the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Federal funding for education
  • Reauthorizing the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act

Washington State PTA's 2010-2012 priority issues:

  • Follow up on education reform efforts, including basic education funding;  teacher and principal evaluations; family engagement; and school turnaround provisions of 2009's House Bill 2261 and 2010's Senate Bill 6696
  • Strengthen math and science education
  • Screen for early phonological awareness and promote state-wide adoption of research-based direct, explicit and systemic literacy instruction
  • Expand teacher reduction in force (layoff) policies to include more than just seniority
  • Fund  education first
  • Create a new model for teacher compensation that rewards effectiveness in improving student learning.