Venessa Goldberg, TM PTA Legislative Chair, has summarized what parents can advocate for during the 2018 Legislative Session, and especially during PTA Advocacy week (Jan. 29-Feb. 2):
We’ll be using the WSPTA Legislative platform to guide our focus during the week. In case you’re not familiar with the issues that were already a part of the WSPTA platform in 2017, and are continuing into the 2018 session:
Top 5: Issues WSPTA voted as being priorities, to be advocated for in the short term.
- Supporting Social Emotional Learning
- Amply Funding Basic Education
- Closing the Opportunity Gap
- Standards for Para-Educators
- Breakfast After the Bell
Also Supported: Issues that members also see as important priorities to include in advocacy.
- Improving Educational Outcomes for Foster Children
- Engaging Families in Student Success
- Post-Secondary/Higher Education Access and Affordability
- Removing Barriers to Implementing Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program
- Restorative Justice and School Safety
Issues we voted in October 2017 to add to this year’s “Also Supported” platform are as follows.
- Best Practices for School Lunch Policies
- School Construction and Class Size Reduction
- Preventing and Mitigating the Impacts of Gender-Based Violence
- Equity for Highly Capable
- Addressing the Teacher Shortage
- Career Connected Learning, CTE & STEM
- Dual Credit Equality and Support
In-depth information about all of these issues and how WSPTA advocates for them can be found at https://www.wastatepta.org/focus-areas/advocacy/. Pick issues that strike a cord, and use one or more as your focus! I encourage you to stay informed and involved and I always welcome questions: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks for everything you do as parents to support our Thurgood Marshall Community and whatever other school communities you are a part of. It does more good than you know!