Virginia PTA Capitol Day  - 2023 Session

CapitolDayJoin us in Richmond on FRIDAY, JANUARY 27, 2023 to #TakeAction4Kids! 

All PTA members are welcome to join us for Capitol Day. Listen to bills be debated. Meet your Legislator. Share your personal stories about how the lack of state education funding has impacted your school. Do you have deteriorated school facilities? Lack internet access? Need more school counselors, mental health resources or social workers? Does your school community need better access to early childhood education, school meals or literacy instruction?

This year, Capitol Day is on a Friday. This is a quieter day with less people in the halls and more opportunities to meet with legislators. In addition to our traditional in-person Capitol Day on January 27th, we are also setting up some virtual legislator meetings in February. If you aren't able to join us in-person, you can still participate in our Virtual Rally on January 12th and a #ConstituentConnection virtual meeting in February.

VIEW LAST YEAR'S WINS & THIS YEAR'S CALL TO ACTION 

CAPITOL DAY AGENDA
Friday January 27, 2023 (7:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m)
7:30 a.m. Meet-up or  Watch the House Education PK-12 Subcommittee (virtual)
(Pocahontas Building OR stream from home)
8:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m Legislator Meetings.
You will be grouped with 2-4 PTA members and an experienced lead.
(Pocahontas Building OR join the virtual rally)
12:00 p.m. - 12:30 p.m. View Daily Legislative Session
(Capitol, House/Senate Gallery OR stream from home)
1:00 p.m  -  Meet at Merriweather's Market Full Service Cafe for lunch and conversation (optional)
(Truist Place, 3rd Floor - directly across from the Ponahontas Building)

REGISTER TODAY FOR 2023 ADVOCACY EVENTS!

Advocacy Webinar 

General Assembly Preview Webinar
Tuesday, January 10, 2023 (7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.)

Join us for an overview of the basics of education funding and Virginia PTA's legislative priorities. We'll also talk about how the General Assembly works, how to participate in Capitol Day, leverage priorities that support student success and how to follow legislation from home.

REGISTER
VirtualRally

#PTAVirtualRally
Thursday, January 12, 2023

  • #TakeAction4Kids by sharing a picture or video highlighting your top priority! 
  • Tag 2 friends or a neighboring PTA! Challenge them to join you and #TakeAction4Kids.
  • Tag your legislators
  • Tag @VirginiaPTA and use hashtags so we can build excitement and momentum across the state.

 #VAPTAAdvocacy, #TakeAction4Kids, #PTAVirtualRally, #PTAConstituentConnections

Virginia PTA 2023 Session Legislative Priorities pdf
(347 KB)
Social Media Toolkit! 

ConstituentConnection

Virginia PTA Capitol Day (Richmond, General Assembly)
Friday, January 27, 2023 (7:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.)

Register for in-person meetings on January 27th as well as virtual meetings occuring through-out session. Your Council Advocacy Chair will contact registrants with the full list of in-person legislator meetings for January 27th as well as any virtual Constituent Connection meeting opportunities scheduled during February. We suggest that you wear business clothes and PTA (Royal) Blue for legislator meetings and comfortable walking shoes for Capitol Day.  

For those arriving the evening before, we will have an Advocacy Social on Thursday Jan 26th from 7-8pm in the hotel lobby. This will be an informal event to meet-up and prepare for Captiol Day. 

REGISTER FOR PTA CAPITOL DAY

PTAConstituentConnections 

Virginia PTA Constituent Connections (Virtual)
Jan 30-Feb 3 (times will vary)

Join us for virtual meetings with state AND federal legislators. These meetings will be concentrated during the end of January/beginning of February. Meetings dates will vary depending on legislator availability and may also occur in late Febraury/early March. You will be notified as meetings are scheduled. Each meeting will be 15-20 minutes. You are encouraged to dress professionally, have your camera on, and be in a quiet place.

REGISTER FOR PTA CONSTITUENT CONNECTIONS

WATCH THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY SESSION

General Assembly Information Main Page (Look up Legislators, Committees, Legislation, Budget etc)
Fast Link to Legislative Information System (to track bills)

Live Session Video
House of Delegates Chamber Video
House of Delegates Committee Video
Senate of Virginia Streaming

Key Committee Meeting Links & Scedule

House - Education (Monday, Wednesday 8:00 a.m.)
   Sub Committee: PreK-12 (Tuesday 7:30 a.m.)
   Sub Committee: Early Childhood & Innovation (Wednesday after Full) 

House Appropriations (Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 1/2 hour after adjournment)
   Sub Committee: Elementary and Secondary Education (Wednesday 4 p.m.)

Senate Education & Health (Thursday 8 a.m.)
   Sub Committee: Public Education (30 min after adjournment)

Senate Finance & Appropriations (Tuesday & Wednesday 9 a.m.)
   Sub Committee: K-12 Education (Thursday 3pm)

 

QUESTIONS? Contact Vice President of Advocacy (advocacy@vapta.org)