Illinois PTA Advocacy Homepage
Our mission in PTA is “to make every child’s potential a reality by engaging and empowering families and communities to advocate for all children.” Advocacy has always been at the heart of what we do in PTA. If you can talk to your child’s teacher about a problem they are having in the classroom, you already know the basics of advocacy: talk to the person who can change the situation, share what the problem is, and ask them to fix it (possibly with your solution). The approach is the same when you advocate with a principal, a school board member, a state legislator, or a member of Congress.
New to PTA advocacy? Start here to learn where Illinois PTA stands on the issues and how you can get involved.
Local Unit Advocacy Toolkit
Advocacy is not just talking to legislators. PTAs often find themselves advocating on local issues—tax referenda, a need for crosswalks, school board policy. To help your PTA successfully advocate in your community, Illinois PTA created the Local Unit Advocacy Toolkit.
Illinois PTA makes it easy to advocate on issues with state legislators. Our advocacy tools find your legislators for you, and you can use pre-written letters to support PTA positions at both the state and national level. You can also sign up for our Take Action Network to receive occasional alerts on new advocacy opportunities.
Got an issue that goes beyond your community. Create a resolution! Resolutions are voted on at the Illinois PTA Convention and can move your advocacy to the state or national level.