As a PTA member you have the privilege of providing input into the legislative process and advocating for all students. PTA leaders advocate at the local, state, and national levels to provide a quality educational experience for children. Your responses will be represented at the General Assembly.

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* 1. Are you a PTA Member?

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* 2. What School PTA are you a member of?

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* 3. 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.

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* 4. 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 environments 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.

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* 5. 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.

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* 6. 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.

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