Resources and Training:

Duties at a Glance:

  • Identify policy issues of interest to your PTA membership and monitor through local and national media, school district policies, school board meetings, and PTA resources.
  • Advocate for policies aligned with Texas PTA's Legislative Priorities.
  • Present legislative reports at all membership and board meetings.
  • Provide members with contact information for elected officials, while sharing action alerts and encouraging participation.
  • Meet with elected officials at least annually.
  • Network with PTA Advocacy Leaders in your community to collaborate on common goals.
  • Promote and participate in Texas PTA’s bi-annual Rally Day and Straight Talk events.

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Advocacy is at the core of our PTA mission to make every child's potential a reality. By engaging and educating members on important issues at the local, state and national level, PTAs become an important voice in making decisions that impact Texas families.

PTA is the oldest and largest volunteer child advocacy association in the United States. Founded in 1897, PTA has a long, successful history of influencing federal policy to promote the education, health and well-being of all children. Advocacy has been an important part of PTA for over 100 years. From the beginning, PTA leaders have been focused on giving our children the highest advantages in physical, mental, social and spiritual education. 
Some of our past priorities include:

The Abolition of the Public Drinking Cup
Vaccination Requirements 
Child Labor laws
Creation of Kindergarten classes
School Lunch programs
Construction standards for school buildings
Jury service for women
Juvenile Justice System
Strengthened parent-teacher relationships

Funding of school-based health clinics
Limiting access of children to tobacco and alcohol products
Including school supplies to the annual tax-free holiday
Requirement of site-based decision making committees on all campuses 
The restriction of children riding as cargo in the back of pickup trucks 
Statewide safety standards for playgrounds
Graduated Driver’s Licenses for Teenagers

Reduction in the number of End-of-Course Exams required to graduate