2023 General Assembly Session
As our schools have re-opened we've seen teacher and staff shortages, increasing rates of violence, a rising need for mental health services, and a need for academic support to address unfinished learning. For our students to thrive, our schools need to be adequately staffed, our crumbling schools must be renovated; mental health resources improved; and we need to reduce high stakes testing while fostering a climate focused on student academic growth and family engagement.
For the past 100 years PTA has brought families of all backgrounds together with one shared goal, to support the academic success, health and safety of all students through family engagement and advocacy. As volunteers and elected leaders in our school communities, we observe first-hand the challenges that are faced by students and families. Our voice is needed more than ever. We invite you to join us to #TakeAction4Kids!
During the 2021-22 school year Virginia PTA advocacy resulted in:
- 2023 General Assembly Session Priorities ( default Bill Watchlist (274 KB) )
- Watch 'Let's Close the Reading Gap' Webinar (Jan 9th @12pm)
- Watch '2023 'General Assembly Review' Webinar (Jan10th @7pm)
- Join the Virtual Rally for Education (Jan 12th) - PRINTABLE SIGNS
- Register for 2023 PTA Capitol Day and Virtual Federal Constituent Connections (Jan 27th & Week of Jan 30th)
(Dec. 15, 2022)
This Is How YOU Can Help!!
COMMENT ON BILLS
GET ACTIVE ON SOCIAL MEDIA!
Follow @VirginiaPTA for calls to action and information about the session. We encourage you to share posts from Virginia PTA on your PTA page and with friends to raise awareness in your community.
Help us amplify the call to action by joining a #VirtualRally and challenging your community and friends to #TakeAction4Kids.
-> Take a picture holding a sign with YOUR top priority or record a 20 second video sharing your "why"
-> Tag 2 Friends and ask that they join the challenge
-> Set your post to 'public' and tag your legislators and @VirginiaPTA
-> Use the hashtags: #VAPTAAdvocacy #TakeAction4Kids
-> You can also use and share materials from our coalition partner @FundOurSchoolsVA #FundOurSchools
View our Virtual Rally Video and PRINTABLE SIGNS to get started.
CALL OR EMAIL YOUR DELEGATE!
Legislators respond best to personal stories and asks from their constituents. Letters don't have to be long, just a short statement about what's important to you and why you want your legislator to take a stand for education.In addition to emailing your own delegate. This session we encourage you to write letters to the House Appropriations and Senate Finance Committees. Keep your message short and to the point. Here are some tips for a compelling letter to your legislator:
1. Introduce - Share where you live, how you volunteer and the topic you are concerned about.
2. Persuade - Tell your story and how this topic impacts you.
3. Inform - Add data or statements from our resolutions or position statements
4. Conclude - Restate your call to action
Find your Virginia Delegate and Senator
Find your U.S. Representative
Find your U.S. Senator
WRITE A LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Write a letter to the editor of your local newspaper reminding your community why it's important to fund education.
QUESTIONS? Contact Virginia PTA's Vice President of Advocacy