In all that PTA leaders must handle, it sometimes is easy to forget that PTA was founded as an advocacy association.
PTA encourages you to join and support the advocacy efforts for this school year. PTA believes in strong advocacy for every child, regardless of ethnicity, geographic zip code, or otherwise, they are ALL our children! Our children need PTA and we embrace the motto, everychild.onevoice.
NOW is the time to reach out to your elected officials (city, county, state and federal) and invite them to your schools and events. Inviting your elected official to your school or meetings is a great way to educate them on educational issues and concerns and how they can help guide public policy in Georgia. We need these elected officials to hear our voices and see the great things that are happening in our schools and communities! One of the easiest ways for people to advocate is to get involved and VOTE! Plan to have voter registration forms available for your community at your Open Houses and Curriculum nights; this is a service to your community and part of being an Outstanding Local Unit. Reminder: General Election is November 8, 2016 and will include races for President, US Senate, all 14 US House of Representatives, State Senate and State House.
Your PTA needs a Legislative Chair!
Why should your school have a Legislative Chair?
Your community needs to be aware of what is happening under the Gold Dome! This is an ideal position for the parent who says, “I’d like to be more involved but cannot get into the school because…insert reason here.” Your legislative chair can fulfill the duties of this position entirely on-line and on their own time at home.
The basic duties of the legislative chair is to monitor school board meetings (agendas are online and meetings are available online either live or as recordings), sign up for and read Georgia PTA’s Capitol Watch during the Georgia General Assembly’s legislative sessions (usually mid-January through late-March), and sign up for the National PTA’s “Take Action Network” and pass on relevant information from all three (local, state and national) to your local unit. Easy! It’s time to voluntell (a bit of volunteer and a bit of telling) someone to fill this role.
Georgia PTA’s Capitol Watch is a place where members can obtain the most up to date information on what’s happening under the Gold Dome and the impact on education in our state.
Other important information on position statements, legislative priorities and advocacy tips can be found on the Georgia PTA website.
PTA Votes in 2016!
Being educated about candidates for public office is a critical component of being the best advocate for students. It is important to know candidates positions on legislative issues that are important to children and public schools.
Election Guide: As a local leader, the first step is to become familiar with the 2012 PTA Votes Election Guide.This is a printable document providing guidance ranging from voter registration guides to candidates’ forums.
As the election year continues, additional information related to Presidential candidates’ positions on education will be added. Stay updated by signing up for the PTA Takes Action newsletter.
If you have questions, please contact CCCPTA’s Legislation Chair at firstname.lastname@example.org.