Issues Briefs and Talking Points
the years the Board of Directors of New York State PTA has taken positions on a
variety of issues impacting the education, health and welfare of children and
youth. As each school year brings new issues before our membership, the
following is a compilation of those that have been of particular focus.
For each issue there is an “Issues Brief” that states the problem, the
reason why it is a problem, the impact of the proposed policy, regulation or
legislation and what PTA recommends or believes will affect a solution.
Each “Issues Brief” is accompanied by “Talking Points”. Both may be used
as simple tools for members to communicate specific statements on an issue
Engaging grassroots members in PTA advocacy campaigns strengthens our
PTA advocacy is a year-round effort, March has been traditionally designated
PTA Advocacy Month. In the preceding January, the Executive Office, i.e. the
governor, presents the State-of-the-State address and releases the Proposed
Executive Budget for the upcoming year. Both houses of the NYS legislature
have 8-10 weeks to react to the governor’s proposals. Senate and Assembly
members either agree or propose adjusted funding allocations but are not
permitted to change language within the budget. The approved Executive
Budget is due to the public on April 1.
During the negotiation period, members of the State Board of Directors
analyze the governor’s proposals and write a PTA response paper. Click
to read the NYS PTA's 2013 Budget Analysis
From this response, two issues of concern or interest are selected upon
which to focus member advocacy efforts. In addition to the “Issues Briefs”
and “Talking Points” mentioned above, sample letters and postcard messages
with a template are sent to region boards and unit/council presidents and
posted on our website. These are designed to both provide our members with a
clear understanding of the issues, the NYS PTA position on each, and tools
to assist with letter writing campaigns, emails, phone calls or visits with
Our March Advocacy campaign kicks off with the reaction paper, followed
by visits from representatives of NYS PTA and region and local advocacy
partners to key Albany legislators on Lobby Day, Monday, March 18, 2013.
Via a statewide electronic advocacy campaign, Virtual Lobby Day
(VLD), grassroots PTA members will take our message to the goal line by
sending emails to the Legislature on the following day, March 19, 2013. Add
your voice to the chorus -- be sure to subscribe to our Capwiz electronic
advocacy tool and watch for NYS PTA's response to the proposed Executive
Budget and VLD prepared messages/talking points in February, 2013!
Action with Capwiz
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