What is Advocacy?

Advocacy is a constitutional right and a proud American tradition. It’s the most important opportunity, after voting, that Americans have to be involved in their government. PTA is one of the nation’s oldest and most successful advocacy organizations. PTA has been an advocate for children since 1897 and has always been at the forefront in supporting laws that benefit children. One PTA purpose is to secure adequate laws for the care and protection of children and youth.

North Carolina PTA members can fulfill this mission and help brighten the future of every child.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does Advocacy Require Special Training?
No. Every PTA member can be an effective advocate for children. The best way to begin is to become active in your local PTA school unit.

What Does North Carolina PTA Advocate For?
North Carolina PTA leaders study state and local education issues carefully, and North Carolina PTA has supported several major priorities and positions designed to improve schools for all children throughout North Carolina. Local units and councils of North Carolina PTA also work on issues that are specific to their local schools.

How Does North Carolina PTA Advocate For Children?
In many ways. Every day, North Carolina PTA members advocate for children in schools, before local government agencies like school boards and county commissions, in the state legislature in Raleigh, and in the federal government in Washington. Every North Carolina PTA member can find a place to advocate for children.

Does North Carolina PTA Endorse or Support Political Candidates?
No, that is prohibited by our bylaws and by state and federal laws regulating 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations like North Carolina PTA.

Can North Carolina PTA And Its Local Units and Councils Ask Candidates About Education Issues During Election Campaigns?
Yes. North Carolina PTA and its local units and councils may invite candidates to meetings where they can be questioned on issues, and where they can explain their own educational goals, but North Carolina PTA and its local units and councils never support or endorse individual candidates for public office. If an event is planned, North Carolina PTA and its local units and councils should invite all candidates running for the office or offices. North Carolina PTA members, of course, are completely free to participate in election campaigns as individuals.

 

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