The Legislative Committee coordinates the networking, advising, advocating, and collaborating on state and national legislative issues impacting students. 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. See the link at the right titled “Colorado PTA Bill Positions for 2018” for information about the bills we are following.
The Colorado PTA Legislative Committee meets at 6:30 p.m. on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of each month during the Legislative session (January to April) and on the 2nd Mondays the rest of the year. Your Advocacy Liaison, as well as local unit leaders, will receive information about the issues PTA is focusing on. Everyone is welcome to attend our Legislative Committee meetings! As you know, your members are automatically members of Colorado PTA and National PTA, and we want to ensure that your membership has every opportunity to receive all information and benefits that PTA provides. We thank you for your commitment to PTA and to your membership, and we look forward to your advocacy partnership this year!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...