Political Action Committee

Political Action Committee

Principals in Washington state can take an active role in the political process by joining AWSP’s political action committee or PAC, the Washington School Principals Legislative Effectiveness Association.

AWSP-WSPLEA supports AWSP’s governmental relations efforts at both the state and national levels. It also raises and spends money to support candidates and issues that are important to the principalship and to K–12 education.

AWSP-WSPLEA provides:

  • A strong and respected voice for students and principals in Olympia and Washington, D.C.
  • A positive working relationship with legislators
  • Ongoing analysis and recommendations on budgets and proposed bills
  • “Legislative Update” e-newsletter sent weekly during Session
  • A legislative summary of budgets and bills and their impact on students and principals
  • Realistic stories and testimony for lawmakers from practicing principals
  • An effective working relationship with OSPI, the Governor’s Office and other education-related organizations that represent principal leadership as a critical element toward the goal of student achievement.

Your Contributions Are Voluntary – and Needed

AWSP-WSPLEA is entirely funded by member donations. No AWSP dues are used to support AWSP-WSPLEA activities. AWSP has 3,387 Active members, yet less than 6% are PAC members. We need your help to stay on top of education issues at the state and federal levels. Join today!

PAC Accomplishments

With your help, AWSP successfully supported the passage of the following actions during the 2018 Washington State Legislative session:

  • High school assessments – ESHB 2224 declares an intent to move the statewide required assessment to the tenth grade for reading, writing, and mathematics and expands alternatives to high school assessments when a student does not meet the standard on these assessments.
  • Certification – E2SHB 1341 changes the duties of the professional educator standards board with regard to professional certification for teachers and school administrators and prohibits the board from requiring professional certification for school administrators.

  • Digital Citizenship, media literacy and internet safety in schools – ESSB 5449 supports development of model policy and procedures on electronic resources and Internet safety, surveys teacher-librarians, principals and technology directors and creates a web-based location with links to recommend successful practices and resources to support digital citizenship.

  • Dual languages in K-12 education – SHB 1445 directs OSPI to develop and administer the K-12 dual language (DL) program, facilitates DL learning cohorts in school districts, and directs the PESB to administer the bilingual educator initiative.

  • On-time graduation of homeless students and at-risk students – SHB 1444 requires schools to waive local graduation requirements if the student has enrolled in three or more districts as a high school student and has met state graduation requirements.

  • School safety drills – HB 1279 revised the list of nine safety-related drills schools must conduct each year by specifying schools teach three basic drills: shelter-in-place, lock down, and evacuation.

  • Truancy – 2SHB 1170 requires school conferences with parents after three unexcused absences rather than two, the Washington Assessment of the Risk and Needs of Students (WARNS) or other assessments is only required for middle and high school students and Community Truancy Boards (CTBs) must include members who receive a variety of training rather than all the various types of training.

  • Contributions Spent Wisely – 93% of the 41 candidates who received AWSP-WSPLEA PAC contributions in the last election represented education issues during the 2018 Legislative session.  


AWSP-WSPLEA is governed by an eight-member board of directors comprised of AWSP members from around the state. The board reviews and provides input on the association’s yearly legislative platform based on this core set of beliefs:

  • A strong commitment to public education
  • The importance of the principal as the building leader
  • A continuation of education reform focused on student learning
  • Adequate and stable funding to implement education goals

How Do I Join the PAC?

Contribute using the following methods:

  • Monthly automatic payroll deduction through your school district | ($10 per month minimum)
  • Monthly automatic withdrawal from your bank account | ($10 per month minimum)
  • Annual payment via check or credit card | ($75 per year minimum, Jan. 1-Dec. 31)

If choosing automatic withdrawal, please also fill out the automatic withdrawal agreement form, included with the membership form.

Join the PAC!

Three easy steps to membership:

  1. Save the form to your hard drive
  2. Complete the form and save again
  3. Email it as an attachment including payment information (if you chose payroll deduction, WSPLEA will mail the form to your payroll office).

Download the Form

Send forms to:
Cris Sippel

2018-19 PAC Board Members

Roz Thompson
Miles Erdly
Kent School District
Paul Marquardt
Bethel School District
Kala Lougheed
Kalama School District
Greg Goodnight
Selkirk School District

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For More Information 

Roz Thompson | Government Relations & Advocacy Director | (800) 562-6100