National PTA has defined advocacy as the act of mobilizing individuals and local PTAs to work with Maryland PTA and National PTA to improve programs and policies that benefit our youth. read more
All local PTA/PTSA legislative chairs are encouraged to be a part of the HCCPTA Legislative Committee.
Being a part of the Legislative Committee is an opportunity for representatives from local units to gather in an informal setting to discuss important issues that are hot topics in our school communities.
Position statements and resolutions can be developed for presentation and adoption at HCCPTA Council meetings, thereby establishing a united voice for all local units. Meetings will be scheduled as common local unit needs are identified.
Choosing how an issue is addressed
After determining the issue, as the following questions:
Researching the issue
Obtain as much background information as possible:
Communicating the issue
Create a buzz around the issue by conducting an effective communications campaign by using the following strategies:
We may advocate for our own children by participating in parent-teacher conferences. However, by joining the PTA, you are indicating your commitment to advocating by adding your voice to the numbers of dedicated parents and teachers in a school PTA, council PTA, state PTA, and National PTA.
For more than a hundred years, PTA has been working "to secure adequate laws for the care and protection of children and youth."
Local PTAs must follow HCCPTA, Maryland PTA, and National PTA positions. Local PTAs may not work in opposition to those positions. Additionally, local PTAs may make their own decisions on an issue provided that HCCPTA, Maryland PTA, or National PTA has not taken a position on that issue and that the issue is aligned with the purposes of the PTA.
Goals of the HCCPTA Legislative Committee
Meeting and training. Click HERE for dates.
Harford County Council of PTAs
every child, one voice
The Harford County Council of PTAs, Inc. was established in 1939 as a federation of PTAs in Harford County. read more