Join us Jan. 24 as we lobby Olympia
'MAKE THE HARD CHOICES'Guest blog, from your 2013 Focus Day co-chairs:
The Washington State PTA legislative platform for the next two years is set. Now we have to do something with it! Focus Day is fast upon us. On January 24th in Olympia, we have our next, and perhaps best, opportunity as a large voting block to advocate for our kids with a loud, cohesive voice by sharing our new legislative platform with our legislators and our state.
Focus Day is important. This year, in particular, it's very important. We have a new governor, new legislators, and new jobs for key incumbent legislators. Come January 24th, the long legislative session will have just begun, and the McCleary school funding decision and the state budget will be on the minds of everyone in Olympia. We must ask Olympia to make the hard choices! Revenue, budget cuts, tax reform, closing the opportunity gap... The choices they must make are daunting, but they must make them.
This is a huge opportunity, not only to deliver our message directly and personally to our legislators and insist they make the hard choices, but to engage in PTA outreach by encouraging participation by members in historically under-represented regions, and to increase membership and general civic involvement.
January 24th, 2013, will be our big day. Bring three friends. Let's make it count!
Thank you and please check out http://wsptafocusday.blogspot.com for all of the info as well as material to promote Focus Day in your local PTA; we have flyers, bus discount news, a Focus Day PowerPoint presentation, a video message from Ross Hunter, scheduling and registration info, parking and food info, etc. Check it often in the next three weeks as we will be updating it regularly. You can even sign up for email notification when we do add something.
We need your help to make this Focus Day successful. Please spread the word and register today.
See you there!
- Jason Rothkowitz and David Berg
OUR 2013 PRIORITIES: 1. Advance Basic Education Reforms … 2. Fund Education First … 3. Closing the Opportunity Gaps … 4. Revenue for Kids … 5. Access to Highly Effective Teachers