Washington State PTA Focus on Advocacy Week January 17-21, 2022

Your voice matters!

PTA’s legacy is strong because of passionate advocates just like you building our legislative platform, one resolution at a time.

Join us for Focus on Advocacy Week, January 17-21, 2022, as we share our priorities with our legislators in Olympia.

Throughout Focus on Advocacy Week, we will send you calls to action to help you share your opinion and your story with your legislators. Subscribe to the WSPTA Action Network today to engage in the calls to action.

Schedule for Engagement:

  • Monday, January 17 – Call to Action: Focus on dismantling racism
  • Tuesday, January 18 – Call to Action: Focus on equity
  • Wednesday, January 19 – Call to Action: Focus on mental health & wellness
  • Thursday, January 20 – Call to Action: Focus on preserving funding
  • Friday, January 21 – Call to Action: Focus on safety and emergency preparedness

School Levies on February 2022 Ballot

Voters will consider two education funding measures in the February 8, 2022 election. These measures will continue funding that helps support student success by creating a safe, equitable learning environment.

The two measures are:

Renewal of the Educational Programs and Operations (EP&O) Levy

This levy would continue funding for critical day-to-day operations and funds staff such as nurses and custodians. It continues funding for programs that support our students, such as child nutrition programs, social-emotional health, and special education. It also funds STEM and CTE programs.

Levy amount: $646.8 million over three years

Renewal of the Building, Technology, and Academics/Athletics Capital Levy (BTA V)

This levy would continue funding for building projects, technology projects, and academic/athletic projects throughout the district.

BTA V continues funding for building maintenance, safety upgrades, and small renovations. It also funds technology for students and staff, including training and maintenance of devices, technology infrastructure, and the systems that SPS uses to support student learning.

SPS owns Memorial Stadium, and the levy includes funding to invest in new grandstands so it can continue to be used for high school athletics, for graduations, and by the community. Funding will also continue for playground improvements and academic program changes.

Levy amount: $783 million over six years

Levies Support Students

School districts in Washington state rely on voter-approved funding measures to cover costs not funded by the state. These measures ensure our students, staff, and schools have continued access to the resources they need to succeed including staffing positions, academic programs, and technology.

We will be sharing more information about these funding proposals in the upcoming months.

More information on school levies