Legislation & Advocacy News
Advocate: To plead in favor of; defend; support or urge by argument; recommend publicly. One who pleads for or on behalf of another.
- HB 459 creates a process to periodically verify school bus drivers’ credentials.
- HB 68 would prevent private school accrediting organizations from operating as student scholarship organizations (SSOs), which serve as pass through entities for Georgia’s tuition tax credit voucher program. A previous iteration of HB 68 contained controversial voucher language, but the version which passed today had been stripped of that provision.
- SB 15, the “Keeping Georgia Schools Safe Act” includes recommendations made by the Senate Study Committee on School Safety. SB 15 contains extensive reporting requirements for schools and requires site threat assessment to be conducted periodically. School leaders will have a choice regarding providers of the threat assessments, and the assessments will then be used to update school safety plans shared with the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE).
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- Go to mvp.sos.ga.gov, or
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Driving Around School Buses Resolution
Now that the July 24 runoff elections are completed, the candidates for the November 6 general election are decided.
PTA’s Rich Tradition of Advocacy
Part of the National PTA’s threefold mission is to speak on behalf of all children and youth before governmental bodies and other organizations. For over 100 years, PTA volunteers have used their time, energy, experience and knowledge to bring about changes in laws, policies and programs for the benefit of children. To learn more about PTA’s deep tradition of advocacy, watch a video history of those efforts and the courageous women who spoke on behalf of children. Universal kindergarten, child labor laws, hot lunches, immunizations and standards for family engagement are just a few of the issues that PTA advocates have supported. The National PTA’s Legislative Checklist for the 115th Congress outlines the policy priorities National PTA and its constituent associations believe are critical to ensuring all children reach their highest potential. The checklist features the following policy areas:
- Elementary and Secondary Education
- Special Education
- Federal Investments in Education
- Early Learning and Childhood Education
- Child Health and Safety
- Gun Safety and Violence Prevention
- Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
- Education Technology and Student Data Privacy
- Postsecondary Access and Opportunity
National PTA also has webinars for each policy area.
How Can I Become More Involved as an Advocate for My Child and My School?
Every PTA member can be an effective advocate. The process is always the same: identify, research and understand the issue; identify, research and understand the decision-maker; and develop and communicate the message. The process is not always easy, and dedication and perseverance are usually required. Sometimes success is achieved quickly, sometimes slowly.
- Watch or attend Cobb County Board of Education meetings
- Sign up HERE for E-Blasts from Walton High School PTSA
- Sign up to receive communications for Cobb County School District
- Know who your elected officials are at the local, state and federal levels
- Join National PTA’s Action Alerts Network
- Review the Legislative Priorities for CCSD
- Read NPTA's Policy Briefs
Note: In order to maintain a nonprofit status under federal rules, Georgia PTA (and all local units under its umbrella) is nonpartisan and works to direct its efforts at members of both political parties in order to enact change. When PTA officers or lobbyists participate in legislative activities that educate lawmakers about officially adopted PTA positions, or support a particular piece of legislation that is in agreement with the PTA Legislative Program, it is done on a strictly nonpartisan basis.