2022 General Assembly Session
As our schools have re-opened we've seen teacher and staff shortages, increasing rates of violence, a rising need for mental health services, and a need for academic support to address unfinished learning. For our students to thrive, our crumbling schools must be renovated; our families and school staff need access to high-speed fixed broadband; we need to invest in school nurses, and mental health teams; and we need to reduce high stakes testing while fostering a climate focused on student academic growth and family engagement.
For the past 100 years PTA has brought families of all backgrounds together with one shared goal, to support the academic success, health and safety of all students through family engagement and advocacy. As volunteers and elected leaders in our school communities, we observe first-hand the challenges that are faced by students and families. Our voice is needed more than ever. We invite you to join us to #TakeAction4Kids!
2022 SESSION DATES
- Governor's Budget Announcement (Thurs. Dec 16th @ 9:30am. Announcement. Budget Bill HB/SB 29 & 30)
- House & Senate Budget Hearings (Jan. 5th 10am: 4 Regional Virtual Sessions. Registration opens Jan 4th. LiveStream)
- Webinar to Prepare for Capitol Day (Tues. Jan 11th, 7:00pm - 8:30pm)
- 2021 General Assembly Starts (Wed. Jan. 12th)
- Governor Inauguration (Sat. Jan 15th)
- PTA Virtual Rally (Fri. Jan 21st)
- PTA Capitol Day - Richmond (Fri. Feb 4th)
- 2021 General Assembly Ends (Mon. Mar. 12th)
- Webinar Wrap-Up (Tues. March 22nd)
2022 PTA Session Priorities
✅ Lift the Support Cap to fully fund support staff;
✅ Invest in renovating our crumbling schools;
✅ Continue supporting the expansion of affordable broadband;
✅ Continue expanding access to Pre-K and affordable childcare;
✅ Reduce the volume of testing to focus on students' academic growth;
✅ Adopt a comprehensive statewide approach to literacy instruction;
✅ Research the impact of violence in our schools and ways to make schools safer;
✅ Continue Free School Meal programs and expand access of local foods; and,
✅ Include teacher diversity data and languages spoken on the School Quality Profiles to turn #Reports2Results
This Is How YOU Can Help!!
COMMENT ON BILLS
GET ACTIVE ON SOCIAL MEDIA!
Follow @VirginiaPTA for calls to action and information about the session. We encourage you to share posts from Virginia PTA on your PTA page and with friends to raise awareness in your community.
Help us amplify the call to action by joining a #VirtualRally and challenging your community and friends to #TakeAction4Kids.
-> Take a picture holding a sign with YOUR top priority or record a 20 second video sharing your "why"
-> Tag 2 Friends and ask that they join the challenge
-> Set your post to 'public' and tag your legislators and @VirginiaPTA
-> Use the hashtags: #VAPTAAdvocacy #TakeAction4Kids
-> You can also use and share materials from our coalition partner @FundOurSchoolsVA #FundOurSchools
CALL OR EMAIL YOUR DELEGATE!
Legislators respond best to personal stories and asks from their constituents. Letters don't have to be long, just a short statement about what's important to you and why you want your legislator to take a stand for education.In addition to emailing your own delegate. This session we encourage you to write letters to the House Appropriations and Senate Finance Committees. Keep your message short and to the point. Here are some tips for a compelling letter to your legislator:
1. Introduce - Share where you live, how you volunteer and the topic you are concerned about.
2. Persuade - Tell your story and how this topic impacts you.
3. Inform - Add data or statements from our resolutions or position statements
4. Conclude - Restate your call to action
WRITE A LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Write a letter to the editor of your local newspaper reminding your community why it's important to fund education.
QUESTIONS? Contact Virginia PTA's Vice President of Advocacy