Legislative Conference

Legislative Conference

February 21, 2021 | 1-5 p.m. | Webinar


The 2021 Legislative Session will look differently than anything we have ever seen before, as legislators move to a mostly “virtual” session. What will not be new is the ongoing concern about education impacts from legislative decisions. With a potentially difficult state fiscal situation, budget reductions will be contemplated—and K–12 education will not be exempt from the conversation.


Registration is $195 per person.
WSSDA and WASBO Members: Please use the login credentials delivered to you via email on December 15. 

Registration Questions

Please contact Lisa Gehman at lgehman@wasa-oly.org or 360.489.3640 with registration questions. 

Regional Planning Meetings

March 8-12

This year, Regional Planning Meetings will occur before the conference and will be organized by legislative district. The purpose of these meetings is to discuss the conference’s “hot topics” and coordinate logistics for meetings with legislators. 

Soon, you will receive more information on how to join these meetings via email. Please contact WSSDA at onthehill@wssda.org with any questions or concerns.

Week on the Hill

March 15–19, 2021

Our Week on the Hill meetings with Legislators will be held via Zoom. The meeting schedule will be posted here in early February.

Please contact WSSDA at onthehill@wssda.org with questions related to the Week on the Hill.

Find what you’re looking for:

Conference Schedule

Sunday’s program will include:

Advocacy Efforts
WASA, WSSDA, and WASBO Presidents

State of the State of Education
Chris Reykdal, Superintendent of Public Instruction, OSPI

Governor’s Education Priorities
Governor Jay Inslee (recorded)

The State Budget: A Deeper Dive
Emily Makings, Washington Research Council

Interviews with Legislators
Representative Alex Ybarra, Representative Sharon Tomiko Santos, Senator Lisa Wellman, Senator Brad Hawkins

Student Voice
To be named

Advocacy and Sharing your Story Keynote
John Draper, NSPRA Consultant

Hot Topics with Q&A
Dan Steele, Assistant Executive Director, Government Relations, WASA
Marissa Rathbone, Director, Strategic Advocacy, WSSDA

The finalized agenda will be posted as soon as it is available. 

OPMA & Legislative Conference

If a majority of your board is attending Legislative Conference, please view these considerations to ensure you are not in violation of the Open Public Meetings Act (OPMA).