Legislative

Focus Day 2016

How would you spend $100K a day on Washington State’s public schools?

The Washington state Supreme Court ruled that the state must pay $100,000 per day in fines until lawmakers craft a comprehensive plan to fully fund schools by 2018.

  • 2 teacher salaries
  • 26,667 school lunches for kids
  • A smart board for 40 classrooms

Speak out on behalf of your children and for all children in this state. Start by emailing your legislators. Next, see democracy in action by joining other Salmon Bay families at Focus Day in Olympia on Wednesday, February 3, 2016. WSPTA has reserved the Columbia Room, 1st floor of the Legislative Building as a place to gather, share information and prepare for the day’s events.
Need some background? Come to an evening of education advocacy January 20th, 2016, from 7:00-8:30 p.m. in the Whitman MS auditorium. Speakers will include Heidi Bennett (Northwest Area Director, SCPTSA), Eden Mack (Legislative Chair, SCPTSA) and Tania de Sá Campos (Schools First) as guest speakers who will demystify education funding in Washington State. Heidi came to Salmon Bay last year and gave a fantastic talk about school funding.
Going To Focus Day 2015

1. Email Your Representatives

Although this sounds insignificant, we’ve heard from several representatives that they don’t get a lot of email from public school parents. It makes a big difference..
Find Your Legislator and tell them you want ample funding!

2. Come to Focus Day

WSPTA’s annual Legislative Focus Day on Wednesday, February 3, 2016
Note Although FOSB is not a PTSA the WSPTA welcomes all supporters of public education.
If you’re carpooling things get under way around 9:00 with main rally at noon. This is a rough schedule based on last year’s agenda (note that there are no PTA provided kids activities this year):

8:00 – 11:45 a.m.

  • Constituents meet with their legislators.
  • Tours of Capitol can be taken on the hour.

9:30 – 11:45 a.m.

  • Constituents meet with their legislators

11:00 – 11:45 a.m.

Pick up pre-purchased lunches in the Columbia Room.

Noon – 1:00 p.m.

  • Stand up, Speak up and Show up rally on the steps.
  • Bring your banners and signs! Let’s make some noise about our Top 5 priorities!
  • Hear from state leaders and leading advocates.

1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

  • Constituents meet with their legislators.
  • Tours of the Capitol can be taken on the hour.

Noon – 3:00 p.m.

Drop off Legislative Visit summaries at the resource table outside the Columbia Room.

For people located in the 36th District, we will post meeting time here when they become available. If you’re in a different district you will be able to coordinate when you get there.
For any additional info contact Ian Whyte or Scott Koch.