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Dear Parents,

Wilson PTSA is enhancing our advocacy efforts.  In the context of PTA, advocacy is supporting and speaking up for children—in schools, in communities, and before government bodies and other organizations that make decisions affecting children.  PTA is the oldest and largest volunteer child advocacy association in the United States. Founded in 1897, PTA has a long, successful history of influencing federal and state policy to promote the education, health and well- being of all children—resulting in kindergarten classes, child labor laws, school lunch programs, a juvenile justice system, and strengthened parent-teacher relationships.  

Today, there are many ways to be an advocate, from meeting with school leaders to serving on the school board, from writing letters to legislative leaders to working with local and state leaders to implement policies.  Wilson PTSA’s advocacy effort will be integrated with the efforts of Hillsborough County, Florida, and National PTA advocacy efforts, but we need parents to step forward to help with the Wilson PTSA advocacy effort.

This election year, Florida will elect a new governor and many new legislative leaders, so it is critical that we know where they stand on issues affecting the education, welfare, and safety of our children.  State and local PTA have been doing just that with meet-the-candidates events, and asking our gubernatorial candidates to tell us how they will support the needs to our children, and properly fund public education.  Attached to this email are three PTA documents.  The first provides times to meet candidates, the second provides the responses of gubernatorial candidate Mayor Gillum, to PTA questions (PTA is waiting for the responses from gubernatorial candidate Rep DeSantis), and the last provides a summary of how to be an advocate for Florida educational spending.

if you are interested in joining the Wilson Advocacy Committee or just learning more about advocacy and issues affecting children, please fill out this advocacy form.

You can also email us directly at to discuss advocacy issues.
Your Wilson PTSA Advocacy Committee