Greetings members of Washington State PTA.
We would like to make you aware of some legislative town hall meetings coming up this weekend. We very much hope that you will make time to attend, as these events serve as an excellent forum to engage directly in conversations with the policy-makers who represent you at the state level. It's also an outstanding opportunity to hear often candid and details accounts of what your legislators are experiencing in their respective chambers of government. Download the schedule.
As always, we encourage you to be frank and honest in your communications, but also polite and professional. It's imperative that we not lose sight of the human being who is serving a role as an elected official, and to also remember that your Senator and Representatives are individuals who serve with hundreds of others - they cannot enact policy by fiat, only by compromise and negotiation.
All that to say, we certainly live in frustrating times as parents and educators, and that feeling of frustration is legitimate. But like we teach our children; while it's perfectly fine to feel frustrated, or even angry, those feelings must be tempered in our expression, or else we jeopardize our reputation, our agenda, and our hope of moving forward.
So please, make time to participate in the town hall for your legislative district. I think you will find it is one of the most participatory forms of direct engagement you can have with the policy makers who represent you in Olympia, and it's a chance to make your voice heard with not only your legislators, but also your community at large. It's a great chance to learn about issues from all corners of your community, and your presence ensures that someone will be standing for every child in the State of Washington.
Wishing you the very best, and as always, never hesitate to reach out to me with questions, concerns, ideas, or feedback.