Advocacy News from the Council: September 2017
Hello fellow Advocates!
After our General Meeting, I wanted to follow-up and provide you with on the Action Items we discussed.
As you know, the definition of an advocate is a person who publicly supports or recommends a particular cause or policy.¬† Through PTA, we focus on those issues that affect our children such as education/education funding, health & wellness, juvenile justice, gun safety, etc.
A couple of items to keep on your radar:
*GA Department of Education‚Äôs ESSA Plan – ESSA is the Every Student Succeeds ACT, which is legislation that replaces No Child Left Behind.¬† The draft is currently in the hands of the Governor, and he has 30 days to review.¬† The Plan will then be submitted to the Department of Education on September 18, 2017.¬† Please keep in mind that this plan is to take effect during the 2017 ‚Äď 2018 school year.¬† So, I would suggest that you take some time to speak with your administrators on how your PTA can support the school with its achievements.
Please visit www.gadoe.org/essa to review the ESSA plan, as well as the CCRPI (College & Career Readiness Performance Index) redesign.
*STOP Cuts to Classrooms – Federal funding for public education programs has remained at 2% of the Federal budget for decades, despite the increase in public school enrollment and the rising cost of education resources and services.¬† National PTA is running a nationwide campaign until September 29th to raise public awareness that current levels of federal education funding are¬†an inadequate investment in our children.
In order to make this initiative a success, please participate in the STOP Cuts to Classrooms campaign.¬† You can visit www.pta.org/stopcuts to SIGN the petition and download a campaign toolkit.
The 2018 Georgia Legislative Session begins in January 2018. There was a lot of work done in 2017, but the work will continue in the next session.¬† I urge you ALL to read your Advocacy News from the South Cobb Council and SIGN UP for the GA PTA Advocacy Network and bookmark the Capitol Watch website.¬† You can also SIGN UP¬† for the PTA Takes Action Network with National PTA.¬† You will receive news AND alerts on when it‚Äôs time to mobilize and advocate!!
Yours in advocacy,
South Cobb Council