Advocating for Education for Every Child

Did you know:

  • Every time you attend the Parent-Teacher Conference for your child, you are advocating for education.
  • Every time you attend meetings of your School Community Council or serve as a parent representative on your school's Council, you are advocating for education.
  • Every time you contact your District School Board member about your concerns, you are advocating for education.
  • Every time you follow education issues and email your state legislator, congressional representative, or US senator, you are advocating for education.
  • And every time you teach other parents to do any of these things, you are advocating better education for every child!

The trick to effective advocacy is knowing who to go to for any given problem. I am posting information about issue that PTA is advocating below. The title indicates the level where your advocacy is appropriate. Some topics apply to more than one level. 

State-Wide Issues

The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) continue to draw voices of opposition. It looks like it will not be going away anytime soon. I have posted historical information about Utah's adoption of CCSS as part of its own education standards elsewhere on this website.

The Utah PTA general membership passed a resolution in support of Utah's education standards based on Common Core Standards in May of 2012 [see the resolution here].  The debate was lively and we heard from most, if not all, of those who ultimately voted in opposition. Their opposition was based on the effect of PTA taking a stand on such a controversial issue. The final vote was to pass the resolution by over 97%. It was a vote that put the children ahead of the organization.

One of the concerns of those opposed to the adoption of CCSS is that the federal government would some day require states to adopt them as National Curriculum standards or lose all federal education funds. The actions of the Supreme Court in regard to the Affordable Health Care Act in June 2012 informs us about the likelihood of this occuring.The Affordable Care Act mandated expansion of Medicare or losing all federal Medicare funding. This part of the law was struck down in the Supreme Court, stating that the Federal Government cannot change the rules regarding federal funds (which would apply to Title 1, Title 3, etc. as well) later in the game. This ruling is a triumph for states-rights advocates; it also takes away this argument from the anti-Common Core contingent. [more on the ACA ruling implications for education]