Advocacy Resources

Stay tuned for updated information for 2019/2020 soon!

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.

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.

Why this is happening, and what we can do
Gainesville Sun article on the Teacher Shortage, from ACCPTA Jan. 2019
Heart & word cloud image
T-shirt sales link (wear red the first Monday of every month)
8 ways to keep teachers in Florida (from the Florida Education Association)
Teacher Appreciation article, from ACCPTA May 2018
REDforED Campaign Launch

Alachua County Advocates PTA supports Tobacco Free Alachua’s efforts to curb youth use of e-cigarettes in Alachua County. We are proud that Alachua is the first county in Florida to raise the purchasing age for tobacco products to 21, require a county license for tobacco businesses, and ensure that new tobacco businesses cannot open within 1,000 of a public school.

Gainesville Sun article about new tobacco regulations, January 2019
Tobacco Free Alachua Presentation  at ACCPTA General Assembly
Florida Health Dept. stats on e-cigarette use among Alachua County youth
Catch by Breath – free curriculum for middle and high schools
Infographics and fact sheets from the CDC

ACCPTA is proud to have supported the campaign for the half cent sales tax for school facilities, which went into effect on January 1, 2019. We are already seeing improvements at some of our schools with the most dire facilities needs.

You can follow the progress of how funds are being spent on this web site. Select “Facilities Update Story Map” for an interactive site that contains real-time updates. You can also see the dates and meeting minutes for the Half Cent Oversight Committee meetings.

Campaign archives:
Half cent campaign web site
Fliers from ACPS – revitalizing our schools, why facilities matter
Proposed project lists, by school
Video about the facilities crisis
One-page flyer with talking points
Videos showing facilities needs at local schools

ACCPTA is proud to support the newly created Children’s Trust of Alachua County, which is funded by 1/2 mil property tax. The Trust is providing important resources to meet the needs of children before and after school, such as home visits for new moms, quality after school programming and preschool resources.

Click here to find updates on the projects being funded by the Trust, including meeting dates and minutes.

Campaign archives:
Web site
2-sided tri-fold brochure
2-sided, 1-page flier