NYS PTA Advocacy Calendar of Advocacy Activities

 

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Printable version of NYS PTA Calendar of Advocacy Activities

Anytime

  • Connect with your legislators on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn
  • Learn names of staff in legislative offices
  • If you meet with a legislator, let NYS PTA office know for possible follow-up

September

  • VOTE! September 12, 2017 is State and Local Primary Day
  • Mail school calendar to your legislators and local officials—attach a personal note
  • Call your legislator and invite them to a PTA event in September or October
  • Ask your principal and teachers to have a monthly joint meeting with PTA leaders
  • Register for Annual Convention, November 3-5, 2017 in Niagara Falls
  • Determine key advocacy issues, committees, and budget requirements for your PTA

October

  • Sign up for advocacy communications from NYS PTA and National PTA
  • Present Basic Policy, proposed Convention Resolutions and NYS PTA proposed by-laws changes at a unit, council or region meeting – keep record of vote!
  • DON’T FORGET – October 9th deadline for registration for Annual Convention
  • Start planning a Local Spring Advocacy/Legislation Event

November

  • JOIN US! Annual Convention November 3-5, 2017—go to an advocacy workshop
  • In a joint letter with school officials, ask a legislator to visit a classroom to read, invite them to sit in on a technology class, or have them join lunch in the cafeteria
  • Mail or email your legislators all PTA communications, newsletters
  • VOTE! November 7, 2017 is Election Day!

December

  • Send your legislators a holiday greeting card and invite them to your holiday concert
  • Contact your local media about an event your PTA is hosting
  • Invite your legislator and two local business people to your PTA meeting

January

  • Mail or email NYS PTA budget analysis to your legislators—write a personal note
  • Give NYS PTA budget analysis to your school district officials
  • Invite local legislators to a PTA activity (Town Supervisor, Village Mayor)
  • Begin work if planning on submitting a resolution to NYS PTA

February

  • JOIN US! Attend the NYS PTA Legislation Summit and Lobby Day in Albany on February 11-12, 2018
  • Email the NYS PTA budget testimony to your legislators—write a personal note
  • Take action at the NYS PTA Action Center on the state budget

March

  • JOIN US! Attend the National PTA Legislative Conference in Washington, DC—March 13-15, 2018
  • Participate in Local Lobby Days, and meet with your state legislators on budget issues
  • Send your local media a press release with photos about a PTA event

April

  • Submit proposed resolutions to NYS PTA office, deadline April 15, 2018
  • Legislators are usually in their local district most of April., invite them to a PTA activity or meeting
  • Think about attending National PTA Convention, June 21-24, 2018 in New Orleans, LA

May

  • Send legislators any relevant school budget information
  • Attend any regional PTA conferences
  • Think about a Get Out the Vote drive for school budget
  • VOTE! May 15, 2018 is School Budget Day!

June

  • JOIN US! Attend National PTA Convention, June 21-24, 2018 in New Orleans, LA
  • In a joint letter with school officials, invite legislators to graduation
  • Take action on end of session issues – watch for emails from NYS PTA
  • Reserve your spot for NYS PTA Summer Leadership Conference, July 20-22, 2018 at Union College in Schenectady, NY

July/August

  • JOIN US! Attend NYS PTA Summer Leadership Conference, July 20-22, 2018 at Union College in Schenectady, NY
  • Start planning for next year’s advocacy
  • Brainstorm new ways to connect with policy maker

For more information, please contact: Kyle McCauley Belokopitsky, Esq. Executive Director or NYS PTA’s Legislation Coordinator