A note from our Advocacy Chair:
Greetings Northside PTAs,
We’re gearing up for the new school year and working hard to bring innovative and fun changes to the way we all are involved in PTA. As most of you know, PTA is the oldest and largest volunteer child advocacy association in the United States. In the context of PTA, advocacy is the act of supporting and speaking up for children in schools and communities, as well as before government bodies and other organizations that make decisions affecting our children.
PTA has a long and successful history of influencing federal policy to promote the education, health, and well-being of all children. The influence of PTA has resulted in kindergarten classes, child labor laws, school lunch programs, a juvenile justice system, and strengthened parent-teacher relationships.
This year we will be bringing advocacy to the forefront and providing opportunities for all of you to get involved. Look out for our monthly advocacy topics, as well as current issues happening with our children’s education.
I look forward to working with each and every one of you in the future!
3rd Vice President
Advocacy & Title I Chairman
The 86th Session of the Texas Legislature has now ended, and Texas PTA was a part of that legislation.
Key Strides Made for Texas Students & Schools
- HB 1-Sets the state’s budget for the next two years.
Gives an additional $11.5B to reduce school property taxes, increase teacher pay, and increase state aid to school districts.
- HB 3– Increases funding for students who receive special education services in mainstream classes, generating around $85M per year in new dollars.
Contains several components designed to increase the number of students who are reading and writing on grade level by third grade.
Funds full day PreK for all low-income students and English language learners and allows districts to seek a waiver to the requirement for up to six years if seat availability is an issue.
- SB 21- raises the age to 21 to purchase tobacco products including e-cigarettes and Juuling devices.
Exempts those under 21 who are in the military.
How to be in the know and get involved?
Take Action : Go to https://www.txpta.org/take-action
- Find & Write Your Officials
Find your officials by going to the Texas PTA Advocacy page and enter your zip code under “Find Politicians”
- Sign Up for Alerts & Find Out What’s Happening
Go to the Texas PTA Advocacy page and sign up for alerts or enter key words under “Find Legislation” to follow up on legislation.
- Register to Vote