When parents get involved, Tallahassee listens. From universal kindergarten to juvenile justice issues, to testing, recess, funding, you name it - PTA advocates have been at the heart of our nation's and our state's greatest advances for youth.
Did you know?
The Florida Parent Teacher Association is the largest statewide volunteer organization working exclusively on behalf of children and youth. Founded in 1921 as a branch of the 6 million member National PTA, Florida PTA is made up of approximately 1,400 local units with more than 300,000 Florida members seeking to unite home, school and community for all children.
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.
In order to maintain a nonprofit status under federal rules, PTA is nonpartisan and works to direct its efforts at members of all 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.
To learn how you can be an advocate not just for your child, but for every child, click over to Florida PTA.
Be sure to also sign up for Florida PTA’s Take Action Network to learn more about legislative issues affecting families, schools, and communities and to stay informed on the latest updates from Tallahassee, click over to here.
Each year, Florida PTA holds a multi-day Legislative Conference in Tallahassee. Orange County Council of PTA also organizes a “Get on the Bus” day for PTA/PTSA members to travel to Tallahassee for the day to meet legislators and learn more about advocacy, the legislative process and specific bills that would have a positive or negative effect on education and children in Florida. And, local units like Timber Creek High School often hold “Meet and Greets” or forums where community members can learn more about and from elected officials or those who are seeking an elected office. We pledge to keep you informed of these events so you can decide whether they are something you would be interested in attending.