Hillsborough County PTA/PTSA Legislative Priorities

 Fund Public Education – ALL children deserve a high-quality education. 

  • Increase the K-12 per pupil spending in Florida. Currently the national average is $11,500 and Florida is ranked 44th in the nation* for the amount we invest in our students at $7,300.
  • Restore the property tax .5 millage rate to pay for school operating costs. This rate was reduced with the recession in 2008 but now Florida’s economy has improved.
  • Eliminate the “roll back” of the Required Local Effort (RLE) millage rate. This has meant a loss of over $282 million to Hillsborough County Public Schools since 2016.
  • Twenty-one school districts have asked for and voters have approved authority to increase property taxes to make up for inadequate state funding.

Add Accountability and Transparency for charter schools.

  • Add transparency and accountability measures to charter school statutes so that parents can fairly compare charters to each other as well as traditional public school options for their children.
  • Ensure that charter schools provide financial accountability for the tax dollars used to educate Florida students.

Make our Roads Safer for our Students no matter how they travel to and from school.

  • PTA supports laws that restrict the use of any hand-held device that may distract from driving. PTA supports making distracted driving a primary offense in order to make our roads safer for everyone.

Keep our Students Safe.

  • Provide a safe environment by increasing the funding needed to maintain a safe learning environment for students, teachers, administrators and parents. Find ways to protect students and staff without arming teachers.
  • Complete staffing of permanent Resource Officers on every campus.

Provide Mental Health Services and Nursing resources for every school.

  • Promote student access to proactive mental health services.
  • Ensure employment of best practice ratios of qualified mental health professionals to students in schools.
  • Ensure that there are nursing resources at each of our schools to help address everything from distribution of medication to responding to accidents children have on campus.

Provide Career Vocational Training (CTE) to provide career options for students

  • Make vocational opportunities available to students that are developed with input from business partnerships and based on workforce needs.
  • Provide alternative pathways to graduation.

*According to Education Week

What comes to mind when you hear the word advocacy?

Did you know that PTA is the largest and oldest advocacy group for children?  We are 50,000+ strong in Hillsborough County. With over 4 million members nationally we are a strong voice.

YOU have a passion and a voice! This passion gives you the power and courage to speak up on behalf of your child, family and school.

How do you start advocating? Be a voice, get active. If you see an issue, be it a safe walking route, bullying, or any issue you see that needs to be addressed, speak up and join your PTA.

How do I know what issues my school may need to address? Your Principal and PTA are your resources. PTA’s are an active partner with our schools and know what is happening on your campus. Remember advocacy knows no time. You jump in and get it done. That’s what PTA does. Remember like minds and many hands make light work. Chances are if you see a need, so do others. Bring them together and decide on a plan of action.

What does a plan of action look like? It identifies the issue, what needs to be changed, how it might be changed and who can make those changes happen. Always be prepared with the facts and ideas for what might help. If you need to move up the chain, gather support along the way.

Think team. Parents, educators and others in the community all want what is best for our children.

Your PTA President, County Council PTA, Florida PTA and National PTA are there to support and help you anyway we can. We do not stand alone when advocating for our children we stand PTA Strong.