Legislation and Advocacy takes place at all levels of PTA. This document will give you a brief overview of PTA’s role with regard to Legislation & Advocacy. More detailed information can be found in the Legislative Handbook.
Legislative Chair report template and monthly report suggestions
JC/DC Member-to-Member Network
The JC/DC network is an email alert system designed to inform members when their voice is needed with regard to pending legislation in both Jefferson City and Washington D.C. To apply for membership click here or download the JC/DC form. Forms can be faxed, emailed or mailed to the main office.
MOPTA Legislative Priorities
Each year the Missouri PTA Department of Legislation & Advocacy develops a set of priorities that are expected to be addressed in the upcoming Missouri Legislative session. As unexpected issues emerge, Missouri PTA will act in accordance with the Resolutions and Position Statements that have been approved by the membership. A complete list of Missouri PTA Resolutions and Position Statements are available on our website under Resolutions. The National PTA Resolutions and Position Statements can be found here.
How To Be A Legislative Chair – this guide provides new and seasoned Legislative chairs with an outline of what the position entails and prominent events during the year.
Corresponding with Representatives – template and sample letter
The National PTA Online Advocacy Toolkit includes information on how a bill becomes a law, working with the media, Federal appropriations and much more.
The National PTA newsroom is a great source for current PTA articles and press releases. This is a great site to find articles for your own local newsletters and correspondences.
State Assessment Resources – With the adoption of college and career standards across the country, our states are in the process of building measures into their assessment systems to determine whether our students are on track. PTA has compiled all the resources that parents need to learn more about these new standards aligned assessments.
School Board Candidate Forums and Questionnaires
This step-by-step “How To” guide was created to assist our units and councils who would like to host School Board Candidate forums or conduct candidate questionnaires. School Board Questionnaires And Forums.pdf
Kids First Town Hall Planning Resources
Download electronic copies to use in your Town Hall planning the entire step-by-step guide is located in the Legislative Handbook.
One Voice Blog – current articles on a variety of topics impacting children. Check out the Advocacy category for content specific to advocacy & Legislation.
PTA Takes Action Update e-Newsletter – sign up to receive this valuable e-Newsletter and keep informed of legislation news at the national level.
Download the Resolutions guide to direct the Missouri PTA voice on issues. The Resolution Handbook gives an overall explanation of how the Resolution process is structured and provides tools for drafting and submitting a resolution. Customizable word document resolution worksheets will assist members with construction of a resolution for submission.
Resources and Links:
Sign up for the MOPTA JC/DC Legislative Alerts HERE
Missouri House website