PTA is a child advocacy association whose legislative mission is to speak on behalf of all children and youth at the local, state and federal levels. One of the purposes of PTA is “to secure adequate laws for the care and protection of children and youth.” PTA promotes and encourages legislative advocacy for the education and welfare of all children and youth.

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February 4, 2019

Public hearings underway for education reform bill

The House Education K12 Subcommittee on Wednesday held its first of several planned hearings on the South Carolina Career and Opportunity and Access for All Act (H.3759). The 80-plus page bill developed under the leadership of House Speaker Jay Lucas would make numerous changes to K12 including, but not limited to, the creation of a Student Bill of Rights, a new education “czar,” who would direct a committee that answers to the governor, increasing teachers’ salaries but basing all increases on performance, consolidating school districts with student enrollment of less than 1,000, dissolving low performing school districts and mandating retention of all third grade students who fail to read on grade level. Another section of the bill would require new ethics rules for school board members, mandatory training and nepotism policies to prohibit the hiring of board members’ relatives or approving contracts to friends.  

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Role of PTA in Legislation

As local officers of the largest grassroots child advocacy organization in the state, PTA legislative advocacy chairs are responsible for demonstrating leadership on children’s issues at the local level by educating PTA members, community members and elected officials about PTA’s issues of concern and legislative priorities and goals.

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Recorded legislative Preview Webinar - October 30, 2018

Topics discussed:

  • State takeovers of school districts

  • District consolidation

  • Education funding reform

  • Teacher pay, recruitment and retention

  • School start date

2018 Legislative Wrap Up