Prioritizing Legislative Positions

All school boards in Washington state are encouraged to rank WSSDA’s legislative positions, regardless of attendance at the General Assembly. See below for more information and contact WSSDA’s strategic advocacy team if you have any questions.

Before prioritizing legislative positions you’ll first need to:

1. Review the legislative positions

Legislative positions can be found in the assembly handbook starting on page 27.

2. Determine your board’s top 20 positions

To help you with this process you can:

After General Assembly you can:

3. See the final list of legislative positions

The final list of legislative positions can be found at wssda.org/positions. After reviewing the positions, consider any changes to your district’s priority positions and consult with your board, if needed.

4. Rank your district’s top 15 legislative positions

The prioritization ranking form will be sent out on Monday, November 1st and must be submitted by 12:00 noon on Friday, November 5th.

  • For districts attending General Assembly, the form will be sent to your voting delegate.
  • For districts not attending General Assembly, the form will be sent to your board president and legislative representative.
  • Student representatives also have the opportunity to prioritize the legislative positions. The prioritization ranking form will be sent to all student representatives in WSSDA’s distribution list.
    • If your student representative is not yet signed up, you can sign them up.

5. Review WSSDA’s legislative priorities with your board (mid-November).

  • Identify stories and data to support each priority.
  • Contact your legislators to share the priorities, stories, and supporting data.

Related information

General Assembly FAQ

The complete list of permanent and legislative positions can be found on our website. The handbook will be posted on the General Assembly page, available to download, by August 24th.

The Advocacy Insights webinars provide context for many of the positions and potential priorities of our legislature. Take some time before General Assembly to review the recorded webinars.

A General Assembly “Know Before You Go” webinar will be held October 19th as part of the Advocacy Insights series and recorded for later viewing. To join the live webinar, register here. Additional materials and resources to support your learning will be posted on this event website.

Questions?

Staff contact

Contact:

Marissa Rathbone
Strategic Advocacy
360-481-5842

Logan Endres
Strategic Advocacy Coordinator
360-742-4435