Political Action Committee (AWSP-WSPLEA)

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 2,699 Active members, yet only about 314 are members of the PAC. We need your help to stay on top of education issues at the state and federal levels. Join today!

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)

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

PAC Accomplishments

With your help, AWSP successfully supported the passage of the following actions during the 2013 Washington State Legislative session:

  • Recruiting access. Allows access to K-12 campuses for Job Corps, Peace Corps, Americorps.
  • School safety. Takes measures to make school buildings safer.
  • Suicide intervention. Increases schools' capacity to recognize and respond to troubled youth.


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


For more information

Roz Thompson | AWSP Director of Governmental Relations & Advocacy | 800.562.6100