PTA Advocacy on School Grounds

Advocacy versus Information

  • Basic Guidelines

Different guidelines apply to advocacy materials versus informational materials.

“Advocacy materials” may be handed out at PTA meetings, distributed on the sidewalk outside the school, or mailed to homes.  Advocacy materials may not be sent home with children.

“Informational materials” may be distributed as above, and sent home with children.  Anything sent home through children is subject to the principal’s approval.

  • Differentiating Advocacy From Information

Advocacy urges action, is persuasive.  For example, “vote yes on Measure X.”

Information is evenhanded and dispassionate.  For example, “The State PTA supports Measure X” is information you can disseminate.