“The necessity for securing adequate legislation was apparent from the start.” While studying how best to raise their own children, the association’s founders discovered that other children had serious unmet needs. They saw sickly children, insufficiently clad children, hungry children. And something had to be done about it. (Excerpted from History of the California Congress of Parents and Teachers, Inc., 1900-1944, M.H. Strong, Editor.)
Decisions that affect our children, youth, and families are made every day by local, state, and national policymakers. In a democratic society, every citizen has the right and the responsibility to participate in shaping those decisions. The goal of advocacy within PTA is to help influence policymakers at the local, state, and national levels in the legislation that is developed.
As the oldest and largest advocacy organization in California, PTA is uniquely qualified to influence policymakers. By working collaboratively on issues, PTAs in California and throughout the nation can form a powerful force in securing adequate laws and public policy that are best for the care and protection of children and youth.
If you have any interest in truly understanding the education challenges that face California and you have a passion to make a difference, please consider completing the Ed100.org course which actually earns points for Canyon View and a chance to win $1000 each quarter. View the EdPrezi for a quick overview and consider becoming an advocate!
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