Virginia PTA: 2019 Proposed Legislation Program

The following four items are recommended to CRS PTA members by the VA PTA for consideration. Your vote is requested on these four items as part of the 2019 Proposed Legislation Program (PLP). If you have any questions about these items, the rationale or history, please do not hesitate to contact the committee at [email protected]


Position Statement #1: Virginia PTA supports legislation that implements and fully funds resources to support students' mental health needs.

Rationale: Students in our schools should have access to programs and professionals that support mental health concerns. Current funding doesn't allow for equitable access or best practice ratios in schools.


Position Statement #2: Virginia PTA supports legislation that implements and funds school safety measures and the effective use of Threat Assessment Teams to improve the learning environment of our public schools.

Rationale: School safety ranks high on the list of priorities for parents. School safety measures should be adequately funded and Threat Assessment Teams, required in all buildings, should be effectively utilized.


Position Statement #3: Virginia PTA supports legislation and policies that incorporate career and technical education (CTE) into K-12 classrooms, paying special attention to real-life career options and opportunities for training.

Rationale: Virginia PTA has long advocated for equal access to career training. Taking additional steps to weave CTE into the classroom will encourage career and college readiness in our students.


Position Statement #4: Virginia PTA supports legislation and policies that seek to recruit and retain effective educators, especially in high-poverty areas, remote locations and hard to fill positions.

Rationale: Virginia must take aggressive steps to address the teacher shortage. Special attention must be paid to ensuring high quality teachers in all areas - especially in those hard to staff locations. 


Please cast your vote (Yes, No, Abstain) via clicking the button below. The Churchill Road PTA will send on the final total tallies of Yes, No, and Abstain for each position statement to the Virginia PTA to be included in the total state tally. 

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