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The Legislative Committee coordinates the networking, advising, advocating, and collaborating on state and national legislative issues impacting students, along with planning and coordination of the annual Legislative Conference.

Colorado PTA continues to be an integral part of the education advocacy scene at the State Legislature.  PTA takes positions on legislation dealing with children’s education, health, and well-being, and PTA volunteers provide testimony in legislative committees.  PTA was a principal partner in the 2013 Year of the Student project to urge the Legislature to pass bills to improve school funding.  In 2014 and 2015 PTA worked with our members of Congress to include parent and family engagement provisions in ESSA (Every Child Succeeds Act), which replaced No Child Left Behind.


Advocacy Liaisons

Do you have an Advocacy Liaison in your school?  This position is vital to our efforts to provide information to our local units about important measures being taken on a state and national level regarding the health, safety and education of children everywhere!  Staying informed has never been so easy and Local Unit Advocacy Liaisons are a key resource in getting information to and feedback from our Local Units!

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PTA Advocacy: A Legacy in Leadership

The Colorado PTA Forum on Colorado Academic Standards

The Colorado PTA Forum on School Funding Forum

Being Nonpartisan: Voter Engagement for 501(c)(3) Nonprofits

Legislative Committee Positions on Amendments & Propositions

Colorado PTA opposes Amendment U, Possessory Interests from Property Tax.  The amendment eliminates property tax for individuals and businesses that derive a benefit worth not more than $6,000 a year from government-owned real property.  Some of the government-owned property is School Trust Lands.

The National PTA’s resolution “School Trust Lands and Funds,” Colorado PTA’s resolution “School Trust Lands,” and  Colorado PTA’s Legislative Platform direct PTA to advocate for management of the school trust lands to provide the maximum benefit to the children in public education, who are the beneficiaries of the trusts.

Colorado PTA supports Amendment 72, Tobacco Tax Increase.  This amendment raises the current amount of the state tax set in the State Constitution for a pack of cigarettes from $0.84 to $2.59, increases the amount for other tobacco products from 40% to 62%, and distributes the new tax money for tobacco-use prevention, mental health services, other health-related programs and services, and medical research.

Colorado PTA’s resolutions “Teenage Smoking” and “Tobacco-Free Schools” encourage PTA to advocate against teen smoking and use of smokeless tobacco and to work to include tobacco education in wellness programs to educate staff, students, and parents about the dangers of tobacco use.  The National PTA’s Public Policy Agenda on Child Health and Safety supports programs that provide for a child’s health and wellness – including mental health.

Colorado PTA supports Ballot Issue 4B, Denver Metropolitan Scientific and Cultural Facilities District.  This amendment to Colorado statutes would reauthorize the collection of the sales and use tax that goes to the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District through June 30, 2030, and modify some of the provisions for its distribution by a small increase of 0.001% for Tier I recipients (Denver Art Museum, Denver Botanic Gardens, Denver Museum of Nature and Science, Denver Zoo, and Denver Center for the Performing Arts) and a small decrease for Tiers II and III recipients (major local and regional institutions, and small local organizations with cultural and scientific missions).

The National PTA’s resolution “Promotion of Cultural Arts” and its position statement “Arts in Education” encourage the establishment of cultural arts committees and direct PTA to work to strengthen the cultural arts curriculum, the use of cultural arts events, and programs that promote public awareness of the arts and arts education.  Colorado PTA’s Legislative Platform supports a well-rounded curriculum that recognizes the value of and includes multi-media and the arts.

Who are the members of the Legislative Committee?
  • The Legislative Committee consists of members appointed by the Public Policy Director with the approval of the Colorado PTA President. Every effort is made to include at least three (3) people from each of the Colorado PTA Regions.  These people can include any of the following:
    • Any PTA member who attends regularly and participates actively
    • Region Directors and Council Presidents and/or their Legislative Chairs
    • The COPTA Federal Legislative Chair
  • Any interested PTA member may attend the Legislative Committee meetings and participate in the discussions. However, they will not be considered a voting member until they have attended three (3) meetings and have received the approval of the Public Policy Director.
  • Colorado PTA bylaws state that 2 unexcused absences from a committee meeting shall constitute a resignation. Participating via video or teleconference is considered as being in attendance.
How are votes conducted?
When it becomes necessary for the Legislative Committee to vote on a position recommended for adoption by COPTA, the vote is based on a quorum of attending committee members in good standing (see above).  The quorum shall be a minimum of 7 people from at least 3 different regions, with a simple majority being required to pass the vote.
What are the functions of the Legislative Committee?
  • Networking of information on state and national legislative issues and PTA’s positions, and making this information available to the local units.
  • Advocating on PTA’s positions to our state and federal legislators and to the general public.
  • Advising the Public Policy Director about positions to be recommended to the Board of Directors on issues not covered by national or state platforms and resolutions.
  • Collaborating with other like-minded organizations for the purpose of advocacy on issues of importance to PTA.
How does the Legislative Committee operate?
  • Meetings of the full committee are held on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of the month from January through May, 6:30-9:00 p.m. Meetings are held only on the 2nd Monday of the month from June through December, 6:30-8:30 p.m., unless scheduled otherwise.
  • Meeting agendas may include, but are not limited to, the following:
    • Standing reports: Federal Legislative Chair, advocacy initiatives, and progress on priority initiatives.
    • Discussing proposed legislative to determine COPTA’s position on bills.
    • Strategic planning for advocacy efforts.
    • Reviewing resolutions or positions being proposed by the Resolutions Committee.
    • Training for Legislative Committee members.
    • Organizing subcommittees.
  • Ad hoc subcommittees may be formed for tasks including, but not limited to:
    • Planning the annual COPTA Legislative Conference.
    • Updating the resolutions book and platform, and recommending new resolutions.
    • Researching specific proposed legislation.


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Have you ever felt that your PTA was an ATM for your school principal and teachers? Have you ever felt like your principal thought your PTA budges was his or her discretionary spending fund? Do you get requests from teachers and school staff to fund certain projects and items that really ought to be part of the school budget? You’re not alone. PTAs frequently turn over their funds to school administration for such basics as books, equipment, and maintenance, not to mention extras, such as playground equipment and vending machines. The customs that have developed between PTAs and schools have blurred the line about what PTAs are; what vision, mission, and purposes we follow; and how our funds should be used. Vision, mission, and purposes PTA’s vision is making every child’s potential a reality. PTA’s mission is to be A powerful voice for all children A relevant resource for families and communities A strong advocate for the education and well-being of every child PTA’s purposes, or historical goals are as follows: To promote the welfare of the children and youth in home, school, community, and place of worship To raise the standards of home life To secure adequate laws for the care and protection of children and youth To bring into closer relation the home and the school, that parents and teachers may cooperate intelligently in the education of children and youth To develop between educators and the general public such united efforts as will secure for all children and youth the highest advantages in physical, mental, social, and spiritual education How PTAs work The national PTA organization is...

PTA Election Do’s & Don’t

With the school board elections and potential ballot initiatives, it’s important you and your members are aware of the laws around what your PTA can and cannot do. 1) PTAs CANNOT support/endorse/oppose candidates. This is IRS law. If your PTA endorses a candidate you not only jeopardize your PTA’s non-profit status but the non-profit status of every PTA in Colorado. 2) PTAs CAN support or oppose ballot issues. If your PTA wishes to take a position to support or oppose a ballot initiative you must have a majority vote of your membership (not just your Board) and you must give your membership fair notice that the vote will take place (7-10 days). 501(c)(3) Status and Law. Because PTA is a 501c3 non-profit corporation, the IRS does not allow PTA to support candidates. It is legal for PTAs to inform voters of an election and list ALL the candidates who are running. PTAs may hold candidate forums, as long as ALL candidates are invited. Advocating for an Initiative. Colorado PTA prefers that local units help ballot issue campaigns by providing volunteer assistance with such things as literature distribution, yard signs, phone calling, etc., rather than making monetary contributions. Voter registration drives are encouraged. Campaign Donations. The IRS does not allow local units to contribute more than “an insubstantial amount” of their gross revenue to ballot issue campaigns or lobbying. This is generally viewed as being between 2% and 5% of gross revenue. (Please note that this refers to the total amount given to all ballot issues and lobbying throughout the year.) Because all local units are part of the Colorado...