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Legislative Advocacy 

Legislation is the part of PTSA connected to State-level educational matters. We will keep you informed about school funding, graduation and testing requirements, and other issues that will affect your student. 

It is important for the voices of our members and students be heard, so please contact your Shorewood representatives any time, and engage your school board and community elected officials!

Student PTSA Legislation Representatives for Shorewood 2019-2020

Senior PTSA representatives:  

Junior PTSA representative:  


These students will be communicating legislation issues to the students and staff at Shorewood, getting out voter information, and being a voice for our school regarding legislation issues pertaining to education and young adults.  The student representatives are under the guidance of the Shorewood PTSA Legislation director, Ann Bell

Contact us:

WSPTA Legislative Assembly

October 26-27, 2019

Bellevue College:

  • Shorewood is sending 2 delegates to WA State PTA Legislative assembly this year. Voting delgates must be a 2019-20 PTA Shorewood PTSA member, be registered for Legislative Assembly and designated as a voting delegate by our PTA President, who must submit names to the WSPTA office. Details on the procedure and deadline for naming voting delegates will be sent to the Shorewood PTA President during September

  • If you are presenting a proposal to the assembly to encourage adoption, the submission team should prepare a 2-minute opening persuasive statement and have additional talking points to share with other supporting delegates

  • Expect a report to be posted in November! 


School Board candidate youth forum, October 2019 


For their civics class, these Shorewood students organized a youth-led candidate forum for Shoreline School Board candidates on Tuesday, October 22, 2019. Student questions were prioritized and the topics included: gender neutral bathrooms, sexual assault and consent awareness, high school start times and scheduling, school lunch times and choices, art/humanities programs, gender/race/equity disparities, other very thoughtful and important issues for K-12 students.   

Special thanks for Ronald United Methodist Church, Starbucks at 155th, and Safeway Aurora for the treats! 

Register to Vote! 
Are you turning 18 soon? Register to vote NOW! 

To register to vote in Washington,you must be:

  • A citizen of the United States

  • A legal resident of Washington state

  • At least 18 years old by election day

  • Not disqualified from voting due to a court order

  • Not under Department of Corrections supervision for a Washington felony conviction

Read more about who can vote in Washington.

Three ways to register! 
1. Online

You can register online , 24 hours a day, at the Washington Secretary of State's website.To register online , you will need a current Washington State driver license or a current Washington State ID card. If you do not have either of these, you can still register by mail or in-person.

2. By mail

Download and print a voter registration form  and mail it to King County Elections. Forms are available in many languages.

3. In-person

You can register to vote in-person at one of our locations:

You can also register to vote at one of our community events.

WSPTA Legislative Updates: 

Learn about our legislative priorities and other supported issues and find out more ways to get involved. Our advocacy work is directed by our member-approved resolutionsprinciples, and legislative platform.

Legislative Platform

The Washington State PTA legislative platform is a two-year platform to mirror the Washington state legislative cycle. On the even-numbered years, the new platform is voted on by members at the legislative assembly in the fall. The top five issues become our short-term platform and consist of our priority issues when advocating throughout the year. Other issues are placed on an “also supported” list. During the odd-numbered years, members vote to amend current issues or to add new, emerging issues to the also supported list.

Fall 2019 Legislative update 
Sarah Betnel -  Shoreline PTA council Legislation Director 
Fall 2018 WSPTA Legislative Assembly Recap

Suzanne Gugger - Shorewood & Shoreline PTA Council Legislation Director 

Washington State PTA held its 39th annual Legislative Assembly on October 20-21, 2018 and delegates from across the state learned about the issues, debated, and then adopted new resolutions and "also supported" issues for this 2018 legislative session.


Delegates approved new resolutions, relating to: 
-Mental Health Needs for Children*
-Trauma Informed Care*
-Increasing Access and Affordability of Post-secondary/Higher Education Degrees and Certificates*
-LGBTQ+ Inclusion*


WA State PTA Top 5 Legislative Priorities for 2017-2018 are: 
1. Social Emotional Learning
2. Amply Fund Basic Education
3. Closing the Opportunity Gap
4. Standards for Para-Educators
5. Breakfast After the Bell


2018 WSPTA Supported Issues
-Addressing the Teacher Shortage*
-Best Practices for School Meal Policies*
-Career Connected Learning, CTE & Stem*
-Dual Credit Equality & Support*
-Engaging Families in Student Success
-Equity for Highly Capable*
-Improving Educational Outcomes for Foster Children
-Post-Secondary/Higher Education Access and Affordability
-Preventing and Mitigating the Impacts of Gender-based Violence*
-Removing Barriers to Implementing ECEAP (Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program)
-Restorative Justice and School Safety
-School Construction and Class Size Reduction*


*NEW - these issues were voted on and approved as "also supported" issues for this 2018 legislative session.


For more information:

Information on the February 2018 Levies - PASSED! 


At their November 6, 2017 meeting, the Shoreline School District Board of Directors approved resolutions to place two four-year replacement levies on the February 13, 2018 special election ballot. These levies replaced existing levies that will expire at the end of 2018. Both levies required a 50%+ simple majority approval to pass.

*Proposition 1: Replacement of Expiring Levy for Educational Programs and Operations

Accounts for roughly 20 percent of Shoreline School District’s operating budget. This re-placement levy helps fund education programs not fully supported by state and federal funding including:

  • Special education programs, highly capable programs and remedial programs

  • Nurses, family advocates, librarians and counselors

  • Building maintenance, utilities and transportation

  • Extra-curricular student activities, including music, drama and athletics

  • Professional development for teachers and other staff


*Proposition 2: Replacement of Expiring Capital Levy for Technology Improve-ment and Support.

This replacement levy funds instructional technology and internet access for students and staff across the district. These funds help pay for:

  • Student and staff computers and technology access

  • Software, online subscriptions, resources and classroom curriculum

  • Annual maintenance and licensing

  • Equipment upgrades and replacement

  • Staffing, professional development and training

  • Network servers and wireless infrastructure

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