“The overall purpose of the PTA is to make every child’s potential a reality by engaging and empowering families and communities to advocate for all children.”
PTA defines advocacy as supporting and speaking up for children – in schools, in communities, and before government bodies and other organizations that make decisions affecting children.
For more than a century, PTA has provided families and child advocates with the support, information, and resources needed to focus on the health and education of America’s youth.
Child advocates work with policy makers at the federal, state, and local levels to ensure sound policies that promote the interests of all children.
As the oldest and largest volunteer child advocacy association in the United States, PTA has had an indelible impact on the lives of millions of children and families. PTA’s legacy includes the creation of universal kindergarten classes, child labor laws, school lunch programs, a juvenile justice system, and local school wellness policies.
State laws can have a major impact on the health and education of our children. Involving PTA members in state and local advocacy is an important part of securing adequate state laws, funding, and policy for the care and protection of our children.
A legislator’s voting record is public information and within our guidelines to publish.
We encourage our members to work with state legislators to influence legislation, serve on local school boards, attend district meetings on topics of local and state budget cuts, work with school leaders and state education officials to implement PTA’s National Standards for Family-School Partnerships, and volunteering on Parental Information and Resource Center (PIRC) boards to help guide and build relationships between PIRCs and state PTAs. (National PTA 2011-2012, www.pta.org).
Belinder PTA utilizes weekly newsletters, Facebook, Twitter, and this website to keep our membership up-to-date and aware of the issues affecting our students in the state of Kansas and in our country.
Legislative issues arise very quickly during session, and following along on our platforms as well as several others will help you keep engaged and active in communicating to your various representatives when a Call to Action is sent out. We utilize emails, phone call, and online forms to communicate with those elected to represent our, their constituents interests.
Here are a few other resources to keep you up-to-date: