AdvocateTo plead in favor of; defend; support or urge by argument; recommend publicly. One who pleads for or on behalf of another.


Note: PTA is non-partisan and does not endorse candidates or political parties

Why National PTA Endorsed the Teachers and Parents at the Table Act

The Teachers and Parents at the Table Act would create two committees made up of teachers, parents and family members to advise the Secretary of Education, report to Congress on family engagement in education and offer guidance for state and local education leaders to improve family engagement policies in schools.

Read more about PTA's stance in this press release, or read the full text of the bill.

In accordance with the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) statute, Georgia’s draft ESSA plan was submitted to Governor Nathan Deal for a 30 day review on August 14, 2017. Georgia will submit its ESSA plan to the U.S. Department of Education on September 18, 2017. 

Review more information about ESSA and Georgia's plan at the Georgia Department of Education website. 

The National PTA’s Legislative Checklist for the 115th Congress outlines the policy priorities National PTA and its constituent associations believe are critical to ensuring all children reach their highest potential. The National PTA Legislative Checklist features the following policy areas:

  • Elementary and Secondary Education

  • Special Education

  • Federal Investments in Education

  • Early Learning and Childhood Education

  • Child Health and Safety

  • Gun Safety and Violence Prevention

  • Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention

  • Education Technology and Student Data Privacy

  • Postsecondary Access and Opportunity

Click here to read the Executive Summary or the entire Agenda can be accessed here. National PTA also has webinars for each policy area.

How Can I Become More Involved as an Advocate for My Child and My School? Every PTA member can be an effective advocate.   The process is always the same: identify, research and understand the issue; identify, research and understand the decision-maker; and develop and communicate the message.   The process is not always easy, and dedication and perseverance are usually required.   Sometimes success is achieved quickly, sometimes slowly.

  • Watch or attend Cobb County Board of Education meetings

  • Sign up for E-blasts from Dickerson Middle School PTSA

  • Sign up to receive communications for Cobb County School District

  • Know who your elected officials are at the local, state and federal levels

  • Join National PTA’s Action Alerts Network

  • Review the Legislative Priorities for CCSD

Note: In order to maintain a nonprofit status under federal rules, Georgia PTA (and all local units under its umbrella) is nonpartisan and works to direct its efforts at members of both 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. Parent Letter - Ebola Protocol 10 17 14