RALLY UNDER THE DOME!
FEBRUARY 27, 2023
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
WHAT TO EXPECT:
|8:30 - 9:30 AM||
|9:30 - 11:00 AM||Priorities & Student Caucuses|
|Let’s caucus! Get all the information you need about Texas PTA’s priorities to maximize your legislative meetings.
|11:30 AM - Noon||Rally on the South Steps of the Capital
|Noon - 5:00 PM||Lunch and Meetings|
|Lunch on your own and legislative meetings you schedule with legislators.|
GET ON THE BAND!
Click on this text here or scan the QR code below to join the Texas PTA Rally Day Band.
HOW TO PREPARE:
Three 60 to 90-minute webinars will be offered to prepare you for Rally Day. Be sure to register soon. If you can’t make it, the recordings will be posted to the website and Band.
● Planning for Rally Day: What is Rally Day and how do I plan for it?
Get details about the biannual event and how to plan for your PTA’s participation with maximum success.
○ October 12th 12:00 - 1:30 PM - Click here to watch this webinar recording.
● The Policy Issues: What are Texas PTA’s legislative priorities?
Become informed and get tips for the day.
○ November 16th 12:00 - 1:30 PM - Click here to watch this webinar recording.
● Setting Up and Conducting Meetings: Legislators are accountable to community members and that includes PTA members.
Learn how to identify your legislators, make appointments and prepare for a successful meeting. What you say and how you say it can make a huge difference for Texas students.
○ January 11th 12:00 - 1:30 PM - Register by clicking on this text here.
We have had a significant presence at the state Capitol since Texas PTA President Ida Caddell Marrs (1920-22) worked with Annie Webb Blanton, Superintendent of Public Instruction, under Governor William P. Hobby, to establish a permanent office, inside the Department of Education, and hire our first staff member. Legislative priorities included providing students textbooks at no charge, improving conditions of rural schools, involving parents in public education decisions, and increasing school funding.
In 1976, Texas PTA hosted the first “PTA Day at the Capitol.” The legislative program supported giving funding of public education the highest priority, lowering pupil-to-teacher ratios, and parent education program for grades K-12.
Texas House Representative Rob Eissler adopted a resolution naming February 3, 2011, as Texas PTA Rally Day at the Capitol. That year our legislative priorities included pursuing an adequate and equitable solution for school funding, strengthening penalties for cyberbullying, and supporting programs to fight obesity. With his resolution and under the leadership of President Sharon Goldblatt (2010-2012) our biannual event had a new name and we have been rallying communities to back the future of Texas ever since.