Legislative Advocacy 2021

Thank you for participating in Texas PTA Rally Day 2021!

Our PTA community is invited to join these meetings on February 22:

🖊 Sign up to meet with our legislators: https://forms.gle/8pJiG3xnAwTZ7Svk9

🖊 Sign up for Texas PTA’s Rally Day events: https://www.txpta.org/rally-day

DON’T WAIT TO REGISTER!

Top 5 GCISD Council of PTA Legislative Priorities for Rally Day

In an effort to be a presence in Austin during the current legislative cycle, the GCISD Council of PTAs is partnering with the 17 GCISD campus PTAs to share our priorities regarding public education with the legislators who represent us.

The Texas Legislature decides many issues that affect public education, including funding, curriculum, graduation requirements, standardized testing, accountability, and much, much more. PTA and GCISD hope that you will stay informed about proposed legislation that will affect our children as well as all children attending public school in Texas. 

Advocacy is a key pillar of PTA. Our legislators must hear your opinions and concerns as they make these critical decisions. Please take a moment to join our Postcard Love Letters to Austin project and share your priorities with our lawmakers.  These postcards are Public School Love Letters to Austin, telling our state legislators that we care about public education.  Let’s advocate for our future!

Thank you to everyone that participated in the Public Education Priorities for Austin Survey.  The results are being used to shape the discussions with our legislators on February 22, during the Texas PTA Rally Day. 

Please see below for the Top 5 Texas PTA Priority results:

  • Support hold harmless provisions for funding losses due to COVID-19
  • Ensure Texas Public Schools are fully funded
  • Continue to monitor TEA’s Special Education Plan
  • Restore Dedicated State Funding (without caps) for G/T Services
  • Advocate for a reduced emphasis on state-mandated testing that penalizes the student rather than guide instruction and identify learning problems.

GCISD Legislative Priorities

GCISD Local Legislators:

Our goal was to gather 100 postcards & letters from each GCISD School to send to Austin!

We will update you soon with the success of this postcard campaign!

100 Postcards

Our goal is to gather 100 postcards at each GCISD school to send to Austin. Anyone can write a postcard: parents, teachers, or students. Don’t hesitate to design several colorful and eye-catching notecards! Here are some samples.

Inspiration

Interested in participating, but a bit speechless? We have prepared some slogans and ideas to get you started.

Create

Option 1: Pick up a blank postcard from your school’s vestibule.

Option 2: Print out a post card here or use a 4×6 index card.

Option 3: Submit an e-postcard here.

Decide which TX representative to write. Decorate one side of the postcard. Write a message on the other side.

Send to Austin

Drop off post cards at your school collection box, Nutrition Fix in Grapevine or at the GCISD Administration Building by 2/10/21. PTA will bulk mail these to Austin.

Community Service Opportunity

Students may earn community service hours by participating in the Love Letters to Austin Campaign. Students must fill out this form in order for PTA to verify the postcard submission. Student’s first name, last name, and school must be written
on submitted postcards in order for credit to be awarded. 

Rally Day is an opportunity to meet and discuss public education priorities with our State Legislators. Details coming soon!

Thank you for lending your voice for Texas children!

Let your community know: #YouCanPTA. If they’re not sure where to start, invite your family, friends, and neighbors to visit JoinPTA.org — joining made easy in a world gone virtual.

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