NCPTA Advocacy Priorities
The bylaws of the National PTA and the North Carolina PTA both provide that a core purpose of PTA is “to make every child’s potential a reality by engaging and empowering families and communities to advocate for all children.”
The 2021 – 2022 Legislative Advocacy Priorities will guide North Carolina PTA’s work during the 2021-2022 year and thereafter until modified by NCPTA.
NCPTA will modify and add advocacy priorities as they arise and present themselves. This document includes but is not limited to all of the programs, initiatives, legislation, and policies that the North Carolina PTA will encourage, support, and advocate for on behalf of children in North Carolina.
NCPTA will advocate, encourage, and support initiatives that positively impact children at all government levels– local, state, and federal. NCPTA will continue to advocate for substantial funding, highly qualified, licensed, and certified teachers and administrators in all schools. We believe that every child should have access to a world-class education, allowing them to reach their full potential by facilitating academic and cultural excellence using scholarly research and proven methods led by educators.
In keeping with the North Carolina PTA’s mission and support of our existing and long-standing policies, the North Carolina 2021 – 2022 State Legislative Advocacy Priorities, adopted by the Board of Directors on September 13, 2021, are as follows:
- School Funding
- Advance Teacher Pay
- Salary increase for certified and classified staff
- Full funding of all instructional programming
- Full funding of state mandated programming; including transparence
- School Safety
- Sensible gun violence and safety laws
- Funding for Teacher Recruitment
- Funding for Recruitment of Minority Male Teachers
- Fair and Inclusive Teaching Standards
- Mental Health & Wellness
- Funding for school psychologists
- Increased salaries for school nurses
- Equitable Instruction & Curriculum
- Critical Race Theory
- Culturally Engaging Field Trips
- Culturally Engaging Curriculum
- School Infrastructure
- Safe, updated school infrastructure – HVAC, desks/chairs/furnishings, plumbing issues, etc.
- School Lunches
- Healthy Meal Choices
- Universal Breakfast & Lunch
- Food Security
- School Technology & Broadband
- Special Education
For additional information please contact the NCPTA Advocacy Chair at [email protected].
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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.
NCPTA and National PTA periodically adopt resolutions on issues of significance to children and our members.
Recent Resolutions of Interest
Tips for Writing Your Legislators
Organized, written thoughts can be very powerful and potentially more effective than a hasty phone call. Keep in mind that a well-written email is an efficient way to reach out, and it may even be preferred for many contacts. You can always follow up with a letter and reference your earlier email.
- When writing state or national legislators, clearly identify the issue or bill that you wish to support or oppose. Confine your comments to one subject.
- If writing or calling as the representative of an organization or coalition, make sure you have been authorized to do so. Otherwise, simply speak for yourself.
- Always sign your name or give your name when calling. Include your address and telephone number.
- Always keep a copy of your email or written correspondence.
- Your legislators want to hear from you. It is also appropriate to call, email or address written correspondence to a chair of a committee that is addressing the issue.
- Phone calls may be made directly to the legislator’s home or office. Aides are most receptive to callers and will accept messages. You may not always get to speak with the legislator; however, many will return your call or answer your letter when their schedules permit.
- A spoken or written “thank you” for listening or considering is always appropriate whether they agree with you or not.
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.