- Deb Merle
Director of Government Relations
WSSDA adopts an annual Legislative Agenda that includes priorities and positions approved at the Legislative Assembly and proposals that have been approved at least three times at a Legislative Assembly (called Standing Legislative Positions)..
Proposals submitted by school boards, school directors and by the WSSDA Legislative Committee are submitted each spring. These position statements are considered by the WSSDA Legislative Assembly, which is made up of delegates from each school board around the state. The Assembly meets every September to vote on 50-80 proposals. Adopted proposals (along with the association's Standing Legislative Positions) guide WSSDA leadership and staff in working with the Legislature on education issues.
The 2014 Legislative Assembly will be held September 19-20 at the Yakima Red Lion. The event will include an Innovative School tour Friday morning. The main event will begin at 1:00 p.m. Friday with guest speakers and includes a networking reception that evening. Voting on positions begins promptly at 10:00 a.m. Saturday morning. A block of rooms has been reserved for September 18 and 19.
Delegates also rank their top ten legislative positions and proposals in priority order immediately following the Legislative Assembly. The results of this ranking are considered by the Legislative Committee and the WSSDA Board of Directors in formally establishing the association's Legislative Priorities—a "short list" of WSSDA's foremost legislative issues for each upcoming session of the Washington Legislature.
For a full list of priorities and positions, please use the links at the right. Positions are listed in order as prioritized by delegates attending the Legislative Assembly