Legislation & Advocacy
In the context of PTA, advocacy is supporting and speaking up for children—in schools, in communities, and before government bodies and other organizations that make decisions affecting children.
There are many ways to be an advocate. Some ways families can be involved are to:
1. Attend a school board meeting. Meet with school leaders to discuss a topic of importance to the district.
2. Work with the school and state leaders to implement strong family engagement policies. Go
to www.fldoe.org/about-us/commissioner-pam-stewart/index.stml to email the Florida Dept. of Education..
3. Sign up for the National PTA Takes Action Network to get updates on important federal policies and send
messages to your members of Congress.
4. Join the Florida PTA Take Action Network..
5. Write a letter to the editor to stress the importance of family engagement and other PTA policy priorities.
6. Educate your members of Congress and their staff on PTA’s federal public policy priorities. You can also email
Governor. Scott, .
If you are interested in helping or have questions please contact Amy Pennock.
SCPS School Board
Did you know the SCPS Board Meetings are open to the public to attend? If you can't make it to the School Board Meeting in person you can now stream the meeting live. You can also view a video webcast of previous meetings as well. All of which can be found at the link to meeting dates below.
School Advisory Council
Did you know the SAC Board meetings are open to the public to attend? The purpose of the Council shall be to serve in an advisory capacity to the Principal and to assist in the development of the educational program, and in preparation and evaluation of the school improvement plan required pursuant to Section 230.23(18) Florida Statutes. This Advisory Council shall not assume any of the powers or duties now reserved by Florida Statutes for the School Board or its professional staff. Please contact CLES for meeting dates at the link below.
Central FL Coalition
Did you know the Central FL School Board Coalition meetings are open to the public? The Coalition exists to represent over 1,000,000 florida students and their families. Their purpose is to address public educational issues impacting Central Florida. There are 13 school districts including SCPS. You can access meeting dates below if you are interested in attending.