Why We Advocate

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. (Learn more about Our History)

In order to maintain a nonprofit status under federal rules, the Georgia PTA 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.

What is Advocacy?
Advocacy can be broken down into basic parts: the Advocate, the Issue, the Act and the Decision-maker.

  • Anyone who speaks for another is an advocate. PTA members are advocates for children and their parents.
  • PTA members advocate on a wide variety of child-related issues: education, health, nutrition, safety, juvenile protection, welfare reform, parent and family life, and drug abuse prevention, to name a few.
  • Advocacy is simply communicating about an issue for which PTA has adopted a position by speaking, writing, phoning, faxing or emailing. The purpose of the communication can be to inform, educate, persuade or increase the level of awareness about the issue.
  • The decision-maker is any individual or body that has the power to address the issue or solve the problem. Decision-makers include elected and appointed officials, legislative bodies, school boards, county commissioners, and judges.

    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.

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    Capitol Watch will tell you what's what, who's who, and how you can make a difference in the state policies that determine our children's educational future. It is the best advocacy and information tool since the telephone. And it is just one of your membership benefits from Georgia PTA!

    News

    Regular reports and news from State School Board, House, Senate, and committee meetings.

    Legislation

    Timely information on Georgia legislation by bill number, issue and tracking level.

    Officials

    Information and links to your Congressional representatives, statewide officials, Georgia House and Senate members.

    Grassroots

    Create a personal profile to customize your PTA advocacy and help us maximize our effectiveness.

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