PTA Advocacy & Legislation

Washington State PTA is the largest volunteer association in the state, with more than 140,000 members in 920 local units. Our vision? Make every child's potential a reality. We will do that by being a powerful voice for all children, a relevant resource for families and communities, and a strong advocate for the well-being and education of every child.


Local Advocacy Representatives

Canyon Creek Elementary: Melanie McKenzie (appointed Jan 2022)

Northshore Council: Diana Christiansen & Jennifer Drury

Region 6: Heidi Bennett

Washington State PTA: Lizzy Sebring

National PTA: Collin Robinson

Let your state legislators know how important funding our children’s education is to you via emails and/or phone calls! Click HERE to go to the Washington State Legislative page for contacts.


Update From Legislative Chair

Advocacy Report:


PTA Advocacy 101

What is advocacy? Advocacy for the PTA is supporting and speaking up for children, families, and schools! 

Have You Ever...

  • Helped spread the word about something a classroom or school needs?
  • Invited others to an event at school or in the community that might benefit them?
  • Met with school leaders to discuss a topic of importance to the district?
  • Attended a school board meeting and/or serve on the school board?
  • Sent a message to your members of Congress?
  • Encouraged someone to vote in an election?
  • Joined and/ or supported PTA?

All of these actions and many others are Advocacy!

(Source: Northshore Council PTSA Blog 8/21/2020)


2020-2022 Legislative Platform

Top Five Legislative Priorities

  1. Increase Access to Nursing, Mental Health, and Social Emotional Learning Staff
  2. Support Students and Preserve Education Funding
  3. Increasing Educations Equity by Closing the Digital Divide
  4. Supports and Funding for Students with Disabilities and Their Families
  5. Prevent and Reduce Gun Violence and Suicide

Also Supported (listed alphabetically)

  • Equitable Identification and Services for Highly Capable Students
  • Mitigating the Adverse Impacts of Climate Change
  • Safe School Plans and Emergency Preparedness

(More details on each of the Top Five Legislative Priorities and Supported Issues above. WSPTA Advocacy page.)



Find the complete list of Resolutions here.


Northshore School Board

Would you like to learn more about how the school district makes decisions? Do you have thoughts you would like to share with the school district? Find information about how to contact Northshore School District Board Members directly, as well as how to attend a School Board Meeting. 

School Board Members:

Northshore School District:

Have you ever attended a school board meeting? They can be quite informative and insightful as to the happenings in our district. The below dates are held in person (NSD 3330 Monte Villa Pkwy, Bothell) or can be watched later on once the session is recorded.

School Board meetings are usually held on the second Monday of the month at 4pm and the fourth Monday of the month at 7pm.

Meet the School Board.

School Board meeting schedule and info about how to attend a meeting.

Past meetings and documents.


Helpful Advocacy Links

Washington State PTA Advocacy Site
National PTA Advocacy Site and Policy Agenda
National PTA Advocacy Toolkit


Voter Registration

Are you registered for the next election? Register to vote with the Washington Secretary of State here.