Advocacy

WAETAG has partnered with the Washington Coalition for Gifted Children since our inception in 1984.
We donate annually and work with them to promote gifted advocacy in Washington state.

The Coalition is YOUR voice in Olympia and is the only nonprofit gifted advocacy group in Washington which can hire a lobbyist.  By joining or donating to our advocacy efforts, you provide the necessary financial support needed to continue this work.

Legislative Update

House Bill (HB) 1404 addresses Equity in Washington Highly Capable Programs through Universal Screening

HB 1404 is scheduled for a public hearing in the House Education committee on Tuesday, February 9 at 8:00 am. 

WAETAG working with its partners, Washington Coalition for Gifted Education and Northwest Gifted Child Association, is supporting this bill and has contacted a diverse panel to present remote oral testimony during the virtual session. Since in person testimony is likely to be limited to no more than two minutes, and likely only one minute, each organization will also submit longer written statements in support of this bill.

What can you as an advocate do to assist us?

In previous years you had to actually go to Olympia to “sign in” in favor. With the remote session, all you need to do is navigate to the legislative website to let the Education Committee know your position. This increases access to Washington citizens from across the state and takes just a few minutes of your time. We can “flood” them with our support.

You can “sign in” in favor of this bill. Signing in does not mean you need to be present in the Zoom session or provide written or oral testimony. You simply put yourself on record for the committee as in favor of passage of this bill. 

I’m in!  How do I do this?

  1. Follow this link to sign in: Washington State Legislature.
  2. Select “Education”
  3. Choose the date, “2/9/2021 8:00 AM”
  4. Select “HB 1404 Highly capable student prgs.”
  5. You’ll see three options to select your type of testimony. To indicate support for this bill, choose “I would like my position noted for the legislative record.
  6. Fill out the boxes and click “Submit Registration

This process is open only until 7:00 AM on Tuesday, February 9th, so please take 2 minutes to indicate your support before then.

If you would like to provide written testimony, please click on the “I would like to submit written testimony” button. If you do so, please stress the importance of universal screening for equitable educational opportunities for all students. Submissions are character limited so be brief.

Helpful Tools

Contact Your Legislator

Click the link above for a complete email directory of Washington state legislatures by district.

Find Your District

Click the link above to find your district by address.

You may also use the Legislative Hotline at 1 (800) 562-6000

Operators will take your message and transmit it to your legislator(s) so plan out in advance what you want to say,
write it down, and read it to the operator to be sure it says exactly what you want it to say.