GA PTA PTSA Youth Advocacy Day and PTA Day at the Capitol
by Karen Hallacy on 1/29/2013

Georgia PTA Legislative Update

Jan. 27, 2013
This February, Georgia PTA will offer two opportunities for parents and students to become more informed and empowered advocates.
PTSA Youth Advocacy Day: February 13
This program is uniquely designed to educate middle and high school students about the laws that affect them. Students will be speaking to students about issues being considered in legislation. The former Georgia Labor Commissioner, Michael Thurmond, will address students about Youth Leadership and Advocacy. Michael Mitchell from the Dep’t of Driver Services will talk about teen driving laws. A brief discussion on current legislation will be provided.

Registration will be closing soon so print the registration form and send it in today. PTSA student members are only $5, non-members are $10, chaperones are free but must register. Space is limited so register today.

To access the registration form click here.

PTA Day at the Capitol:
February 27
The annual PTA Day at the Capitol is less than a month away. PTA members will have the opportunity to learn first hand about legislation that will affect their children, their schools, and their communities. This year the General Assembly is already discussing a bill that would allow administrators in school to be armed. Legislators are discussing a new way for parents to petition their school to become a charter school and they are discussing legislation that would regulate when student athletes can return to playing after sustaining a concussion. Learn about these bills and more at PTA Day. Attendees will also learn how to talk to decision makers in a way that will make a difference. After the morning program, attendees will go to the Capitol where they can speak directly to their legislators about the issues that concern them.

The highlight of the day is lunch with your legislators. Attendees will have the opportunity to enjoy lunch and discuss issues with their House Representatives and Senators. While all the legislators have been invited, a phone call from you inviting them to join you at lunch will help ensure they attend.

Registration is open now on the Georgia PTA website. Early registration: PTA members $35, non-members $40. Late or on-site registration is $50. Please consider sponsoring a legislator to help defray the costs of the lunch.

Click here
 to access online registration.  A form is also available that can be mailed in (see the website).

Legislative Update:

This year’s PTA Day at the Capitol will be more significant than ever as it will be the only opportunity to learn about the bills being considered by the legislature. Regretfully, Sally FitzGerald, Education Policy Specialist for GA PTA, who monitored and reported on legislation for the past 30 years will no longer be writing daily reports and posting legislation on Capitol Watch. Weekly reports will also no longer be sent recapping the week’s legislative activity. We hope to see you at PTA Day and PTSA Youth Advocacy Day so you can become an informed and empowered advocate!