Legislation

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.

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.

State congressmen have been in legislative session since January 8, 2018.  Presently, GA PTA Legislative Committees are concerned with school vouchers and House Bill 778.  HB 778 proposes to move the Career, Technical and Agricultural Education Program (CTAE) from the Department of Education to the Technical College System of GA. Click here for more information about the HB 778.

Mark Your Calendar

  • Take Your Family to School Week occurs next week (February 11-17)!
    Every family -All week:
    Maker Monday– Share pictures of school staff and families of students engaged with each other and use #PTAProud.
    Try-It Tuesday– Promote healthy eating and/or encourage families to try a new recipe.
    Writer Wednesday– Perfect for Valentine’s Day.  Students write a caring letter or make a card for teachers, or vice versa!
    Techie Thursday– Open up your online chat where parents can ask questions about school live.
    Family Friday– Time for celebration and thanks for a great week! Balloons or flowers in the front office to show off your great week.
  •  PTA DAY at the Capitol is Thursday, March 1, 2018.  Hone your advocacy skills under the Gold Dome and have lunch with your state legislators. Remember to wear RED!  The day begins at 9 am at the Fulton County Government Building.  Registration is $10 for PTA members and $15 for non-members.

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.

You can find more information about Election Year Do’s and Don’ts and other legislative issues at http://www.georgiapta.org/issues-effective-advocacy.html

If you have questions, please contact Ellen Henry at vppublicrelations@nfcpta.com.

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