Advocacy Resources & Statements
This page contains recent and ongoing ACCPTA statements and advocacy work. Our local PTA units and others in the community can use these resources to help spread the word about our local and statewide advocacy efforts. In addition to these formal positions, ACCPTA advocates at the district and state level through individual and small group meetings, involvement in community groups, and conversations with stakeholders. For a full list of historic advocacy work conducted during previous years, please contact us.
ACCPTA proudly endorses the One Mill for Alachua County Public Schools, which funds art and music programs, school counselors, school nurses, librarians, career/tech and magnet programs, and technology. Learn more about ACCPTA’s support for One Mill, including associated position statements.
Promotional tools for PTA/PTSA units
Fall 2020 School Reopening
ACCPTA captured feedback from PTA leaders and the community and held conversations with local departments involved in school reopening. View our statements and responses received online:
Response from FL Dept. of Public Health in Alachua County
Statement and questions for FL Dept. of Public Health in Alachua County
Statement and questions for School District regarding draft school reopening plan
J.J. Finley School Renaming
The following was read to the Alachua County School Board in June, 2020:
Good evening Chairman Roy, School Board members, and Superintendent Clarke. My name is Mary Benedict, I am the new president of the Alachua County Council of PTA’s.
I am here tonight to express ACCPTA’s wholehearted support for the renaming of J.J. Finley Elementary School. In doing this, we join the many voices in our community in calling for this long overdue change. We believe the school’s current name is out of line with the character and values of our community.
Further, ACCPTA supports the proposed renaming process and stands behind the inclusion of many community voices. We appreciate that each of the five board members will choose a committee member, thereby providing voices from the wider community. This is consistent with National PTA’s position on shared responsibility in educational decision making, urging school boards to cooperate with members of the school and larger communities in the development of school policies.
Going forward, ACCPTA calls for a more robust naming policy for schools. The district must examine and insure that all school names in our district are consistent with the character and values of the communities they serve.
The mission of PTA is to make every child’s potential a reality by engaging and empowering families and communities to advocate for all children. Thank you for your attention this evening.
School Guardians/Arming School Staff
In light of recent discussions surrounding the funding of the School Resources Officers that are currently mandated by state statute, ACCPTA provided a reminder to our School Board and district leadership bout Florida PTA’s position regarding school safety – specifically arming teachers and administrators. In short, Florida PTA does not believe in arming teachers or school administrators. We believe the only person on campus who should be armed is a trained School Resource Officer.
Students deserve a safe environment in which to live, learn and grow. Unfortunately, the threat of violence is a presence in many communities and has grown in a number of schools across the country.•The most effective day-to-day school climate is gun-free, which includes not arming teachers and administrators.•Ensure the development and adequate funding of a School Emergency Operations Plan (EOP) for every school district. The most effective plans are developed in cooperation with school and health officials, parents, and community member.
We are pleased that our district leadership supports this position.
ACCPTA is working with county and statewide organizations to raise awareness about the importance of completing the Census in March and April 2020.
- Census 2020 talking points, including statistics specific to Florida and Alachua County
- Census 2020 Email Template for PTA’s for communication to PTA/PTSA members
- Social media graphics, including a Facebook profile and cover photo
- Image with data specific to Florida
- Flier from the City of Gainesville, including dates and a web link for participation
- Video from the US Census: What is the 2020 Census?
- Video from local leaders: Why is the Census Important to Alachua County?
- Presentation at ACCPTA Training Feb. 2020, from FL KIDS COUNT, US Census Bureau, USF and Hillsborough County Council PTA
- Fact sheets from the U.S. Census
- Timeline for distribution of census materials
- Order posters, from the National Education Association
- Statistics in Schools– curriculum that was provided to Alachua County teachers
#REDForED: Statewide Teacher Shortage
This Alachua County Advocates PTA #REDforED campaign aims to raise awareness of the statewide teacher shortage and what can be done to help our teachers.
- Supporting our Teachers, Supporting our Children, talking points about changes needed at the state level
- Why this is happening, and what we can do
- Gainesville Sun article on the Teacher Shortage, from ACCPTA’s Megan Hendricks, Jan. 2019
- Heart & word cloud image
- T-shirt sales link
- 8 ways to keep teachers in Florida, from the Florida Education Association
- Teacher Appreciation article, from ACCPTA’s Khanh-Lien Banko, May 2018
- REDforED Campaign Launch
PTA Position Statements
PTA advocacy at all levels is directed through position statements – documents that outline the opinion, will or intent of the association to address problems, situations or concerns that affect children/youth and require action. Position statements are created at the national and state level through the resolutions process, which involves significant research, communication, and ultimately approval by PTA delegates. Contact us with questions about position statements or local or county positions.