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From its inception as the first state branch of the National PTA formed in 1897, New York State PTA’s long-held commitment to advocacy has been the fire within. Ignited by the efforts of a very small group of mothers gathered in Chautauqua, N.Y., today’s more than 346,000 members continue to raise their voices to speak up for children. Together we work for a common purpose: to secure adequate laws, regulations, and policies for the care and protection of children and youth. To achieve this objective PTA advocates bring critical issues that affect the education, health, and welfare of children and youth before the public, policy makers and elected officials. Connecting our more than 1500 grass-roots units and councils, 13 regions, the state Board of Directors and National PTA is the shared belief that:

“Advocacy is at the heart of PTA’s mission and vision. Taking action provides both parents and PTA leaders with the resources to become more involved with their community at home and their community across the nation.”

Excerpted from National PTA website

Let’s join our voices to affect change for every child in our schools, district, region, state, and country!

Opportunities to Advocate for Students:

  • November 9-11, 2018 – NYS PTA Convention – Saratoga Springs, NY
  • February 10-11, 2018 – NYS PTA Legislative Summit and Lobby Day –  Albany, NY
  • March 23, 2019 – WEPR PTA Advocacy Breakfast, White Plains, NY
  • March 12-14, 2019 – National PTA Legislative Conference in Arlington, VA
  • June 20-23, 2019 – National PTA Convention, Columbus, OH
  • July 26, 2019 – Family Engagement Conference, Albany, NY
  • July 27, 2019 – NYS PTA Summer Leadership Conference and Youth Summit, Albany NY
The NYS PTA Advocacy calendar can help you plan for the whole year.

Our unit is new to advocacy.  Where do we start?

  • Choose an issue.  An issue is larger than a problem. For example, crowded classrooms are a problem; the larger issue could be inadequate facilities or lack of funding for staff.
    • Then determine the following:
      • Does it fit within the PTA’s Mission and Objectives
      • Review “Where We Stand” to determine PTA’s position on this topic
  • Research the Issue
  • Determine the Decision maker
    • Who can take action on your issue
  • Lobby Guidelines
    • A person is identified as a spokesman.  When this person speaks for the PTA, the PTA position must be supported.  A PTA is a 501 (c)(3) not-for-profit organization and can lobby for issues but cannot support candidates.
  • Organize for action
  • Develop the Plan
    • Design a strong message. Make it understandable and simple
    • Reach Out to your members. Survey to find out how they feel. Get the message out.
    • Reach out to the community. Conduct opinion polls to get a feel for community support/opposition.
    • Establish coalitions for broader outreach.
  • Communicate with Lawmakers
  • Use the Media
  • Letters and Postcards
  • Calls, Emails, and Social Media

What to know where NYS PTA stands on issues?

Check out the Where We Stand Guide

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