Q: What is Advocacy?
A: PTA is a child advocacy association. Its legislative mission is to speak on behalf of all children and youth at the local, state and federal levels. One of the Purposes of PTA is “to secure adequate laws for the care and protection of children and youth.” PTA promotes and encourages legislative advocacy for the education and welfare of all children and youth.
Q: What is the role of the PTA in Legislation?
A: As local officers of the largest grassroots child advocacy organization in the state, PTA legislative advocacy chairs are responsible for demonstrating leadership on children’s issues at the local level by educating PTA members, community members and elected officials about PTA’s issues of concern and legislative priorities and goals.
California State PTA takes positions on issues/legislation based on position statements in the California State PTA Toolkit, California State PTA resolutions, California State PTA Legislation Platform and National PTA positions and resolutions. The unit, council or district legislative chair provides PTA members with information about PTA positions on current legislation and issues.
As PTA members you should be able to look to me as a source of for information regarding legislative action of interest to our students and school. With this information we; as parents and citizens can take action to support our legislative partners at all levels of our government.
As Advocate I will be presenting information about legislative actions in the monthly log as well as maintaining a web page on the Lowell PTA website about proposed laws and the people who enact them.
Lowell PTA Advocacy Chair 2018-19