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General Assembly is one of the most important school board events of the year. By voting on legislative and permanent positions, the assembly is where school directors update WSSDA’s advocacy platform. Once all voting is finished, and positions adopted, the platform that results will guide all of WSSDA’s advocacy efforts until the next assembly.
While the dates aren’t finalized, the event typically happens around the end of September.
Who Should Come?
All school directors are strongly encouraged to participate. District staff and student board representatives are also welcome, but only school directors may address the assembly and vote per WSSDA policy 1290 and procedure 1290P.
One Board, One Vote
Each school board in the state can appoint one of its members to cast a vote on behalf of their school board. While some boards may select their “leg rep” or board chair, the ability to vote can go to anyone on a board and even transfer to another board member during the event to ensure that board’s ability to continue participating in the assembly. So, while the entire board may participate, only one member may cast a vote on any given proposal.
Platform Revison Timeline for 2023
January – April School boards regularly discuss WSSDA positions and consider proposing a revision to WSSDA’s advocacy platform when the window opens in April.
March – April School boards take action at a board meeting to finalize and approve any proposal they intend to submit.
March 27 Webinar offered to discuss the platform revision process. (5-6 pm)
April 17 Window opens for WSSDA platform revision proposals. (Proposal Form)
May 12 Window closes for WSSDA platform revision proposals.
May 13 – 18 Staff organize and forward proposals to appropriate committee.
May – June Legislative and Resolutions Committees review proposals.
June – August General Assembly handbook developed to display all proposals for review before the assembly.
August 23 Handbook released.
Dates TBD Amendment and Emergency Proposal Window.
September 22 – 23 General Assembly, where boards vote on proposals to revise WSSDA’s platform.
September 26 – October 13 Boards review revised platform and prioritize WSSDA positions.
November 1 Legislative priorities announced.
November 1 – January 10 Share priorities with legislators.
January 10, 2024 First day of legislative session. Incorporate WSSDA positions and priorities into your advocacy.