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National PTA to Spotlight Public Policy Priorities and Empower Parent Leaders at 2014 Annual Legislative Conference

Media Contact:
Heidi May
Media Relations Manager
703-518-1242
hmay@pta.org

U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to speak to attendees about the important role PTA leaders play in helping to ensure all children have access to nutritious food options   

WHAT 

 As part of its commitment to take action for the education, health and welfare of all children, National PTA will host its 2014 Legislative Conference from March 11-13 in Arlington, Va. Hundreds of parent leaders from across the country will be in attendance. The conference is designed to provide them an in-depth look at National PTA’s public policy priorities and inspire and empower parents to advocate and make a difference for our nation’s children.

U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will keynote the event and speak to attendees about the important role PTA leaders play in helping schools implement improved meal offerings. In 2010, Congress passed the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, which directed the U.S. Department of Agriculture to improve the nation’s child nutrition programs. For the 2014-2015 school year, schools will be making updates to serve healthier options to students during the school day, including in a la carte lines, vending machines and school stores.

In addition to hearing from Secretary Vilsack, attendees will participate in interactive workshops and skill-building trainings on a variety of topics, including juvenile justice and delinquency prevention, early childhood education and ESEA-NCLB reauthorization and family engagement. They also will meet with Congressional leaders to discuss key issues impacting our nation’s children.

During the conference, National PTA will recognize Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) and Congressman Aaron Schock (R-IL) with its 2014 Congressional Voice for Children Award. The association also will honor the recipients of its 2014 Outstanding Advocacy Awards.

WHEN

National PTA Legislative Conference
Tuesday, March 11 – Thursday, March 13

U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack Keynote
Wednesday, March 12 – 12:30 to 2:15 p.m.

Congressional Voice for Children and Outstanding Advocacy Awards Presentation
Wednesday, March 12 – 7 to 9 p.m.

WHERE

Crystal Gateway Marriott Hotel
1700 Jefferson Davis Hwy
Arlington, VA 22202

WHO

  • U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack
  • National PTA President Otha Thornton
  • Hundreds of parent leaders from across the country

 About National PTA

National PTA® comprises millions of families, students, teachers, administrators, and business and community leaders devoted to the educational success of children and the promotion of parent involvement in schools. PTA is a registered 501(c) (3) nonprofit association that prides itself on being a powerful voice for all children, a relevant resource for families and communities, and a strong advocate for public education. Membership in PTA is open to anyone who wants to be involved and make a difference for the education, health, and welfare of children and youth.