Legislative Advocacy

PTA is one of the nation's oldest advocacy organizations. PTA has been an advocate for children since 1897 and has always been at the forefront in supporting laws that benefit children. One PTA purpose is to secure adequate laws for the care and protection of children and youth. So, what is the definition of Advocacy within the guidelines of of PTA?

Advocacy in PTA is simply communicating about an issue for which National or State PTA has adopted a position by speaking, writing, phoning, or emailing. The purpose of the communication can be to inform, educate, persuade or increase the level of awareness about the issue. PTA members are advocates for children and their parents. PTA members have and still advocate on a wide variety of child-related issues: education, health, nutrition, safety, juvenile protection, welfare reform, parent and family life, and drug abuse prevention, to name a few.

Every PTA member can be an effective advocate. The process is always the same: identify, research and understand the issue; identify the decision-maker; and develop and communicate the message. The process is not always easy, and dedication and perseverance are usually required. 

The PTA helps you gain the skills and get the resources you need to advocate to improve the lives of children in your school and in your community. Here are a few resources that can help you in your advocacy efforts: 


We, the members of the Live Oak PTA, join with the San Ramon Valley Council of PTAs, the California PTA (CAPTA) and the National PTA to create a powerful and effective legislative advocacy organization. The goal at the local, state and federal level is to support and speak on behalf of all children and youth in schools, to the community, and before governmental agencies and other organizations that make decisions effecting children. 

For more information, and on how to become part of our dynamic Legislative Advocacy Committee, visit https://srvcpta-ca.schoolloop.com/LegislativeContact our Live Oak PTA's VP of Legislative Advocacy, Saira Pasha at legadvocacy@liveoakpta.net with questions or feedback.

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