For local PTA & PTSA leaders
October 19, 2017 | SCPTSA.org
Make sure you've updated ALL your current officers in PTAvenue and marked them for 2017-18. Don't forget those Legislative and Reflections chairs! Legislative Chairs or officers acting as liaisons on legislative and advocacy issues, please also email  legchair@scptsa.org  to ensure you are receiving timely communications specific to critical district, city, and state education issues.
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SPS School Board Candidate Forum this weekend!
Saturday, October 4
All Seattle voters are eligible to vote for Seattle School Board positions 4, 5, and 7 to be decided in this November's election.

SCPTSA joins with the League of Women Voters of Seattle–King County and Seattle King County NAACP to sponsor this free and public event bringing together candidates for those seats. Share this event with your communities so your families can hear for themselves from the candidates.
Support Seattle urban planning for school facilities
While the City's Office of Planning and Community Development (OPCD) was tasked in 2015 to develop planning strategies that support public school facility needs, there currently isn’t a budget or process for this work. The City Council Budget committee met Friday, October 13 when topic was brought up in public testimony and by Councilmembers. 

Now, while the City Council deliberates its budget, is a critical time to press councilmembers to take concrete steps, including budgeting, to develop planning strategies for school facilities. Funding the urban planning process through the OPCD to create a comprehensive, intentional and transparent process will help ensure that each child in Seattle has access to a high quality school facility. 

Contact your city council representatives TODAY ( email them all , or individually ) and ask them to support an OPCD budget request for for urban planning for school facilities.
Invite SPS finance leader to speak to your community
The State says they have fully funded public education. Districts, staff and families across the state disagree. SPS Assistant Superintendent for Business and Finance, JoLynn Berge, will speak candidly about what education funding we can expect for Seattle Public Schools and flaws in the Legislature’s plan.

Contact JoLynn directly to invite her to your school.
We're looking for leaders!
Seattle Council PTSA has board openings for advocating for and serving all our families at the district and beyond.
  • Legislative Chair (statewide)
  • SE Area Director
  • Central Area Director
Free trainings coming up
Wednesday, November 8, 6-9pm
Jane Addams Middle School

Join regional PTA leaders for this FREE training and leadership development opportunity, featuring a PTA and the Law session. There will also be breakout sessions for PTA Presidents and fundraising, so there's something for everyone on your board! Register today!

Tuesday, November 14, 6-9pm
Aki Kurose Middle School

Two WSPTA Approved Training Classes will be offered. Classes are still being determined. Contact Region 6 Director, Sherry Rudolph to request specific training (we cannot offer PTA & the Law because of delayed facility approval).

October 19   Ballot Drop Boxes OPEN  
October 20-21 Legislative Assembly
October 24  Oral Argument  McCleary, et al. v. State of Washington  and RALLY

November 8 PTA & the Law
November 10  Veterans Day (no school)  
November 14 WSPTA Approved Training
November 20-22  Elementary Conference Days (no school for elementary and K-8 students)  
November 23-24  Thanksgiving Break  
LGBTQ History Month
In October, National PTA’s  Every Child in Focus  campaign centers on LBGTQ History Month. Use National PTA's tools to explore ways to welcome and support LGBTQ families in your school community.
Advocates: Converge on the Captiol!
Tuesday, October 24th, 8:30am
Temple of Justice Steps on the Olympia Capitol Campus
Seattle Public Schools is projecting a deficit of $92 per student in the 2020-21 school year under  House Bill 2242 , which was signed by the governor on June 30, 2017. Join Seattle Council PTSA and other organizations that advocate for amply funding basic education in accordance with our constitutional obligation to all children. We'll rally in solidarity prior to the McCleary Oral Arguments.  RSVP on the Facebook Page.

Closer to home, keep an eye out for upcoming budget information sessions that will be hosted by Seattle Public Schools, or invite JoLynn Berge (see above!) to speak to your community. SCPTSA legislative & advocacy chairs Liza Rankin and Hillary Shaw strongly recommend attending and bringing friends if you are able. The complexity of funding formulas will be broken down in such a way that make sense in "real world" terms, and can be applied to your district, city, and state advocacy efforts. 
There's still time for Reflections!
 It's not too late to get involved with Reflections! Reach out to our Reflections Chair Lindsay Yost for help getting started if you haven't already! Each school can advance 12 student entries plus 4 special artist submissions. The deadline is November 11th. Even if your school isn't submitting art, you can participate by inviting your community to the exhibition at the Seattle Center December through early January. Check out our webpage for more info!