2015 Letters to Policymakers
Child Nutrition and Health
National PTA joins with over 120 other organizations on October 28 in support of the Children’s Bill of Rights Resolution (H.R. 476).
National PTA joins with other organizations in support of the School Food Modernization Act.
Early Childhood Learning
National PTA joins with other organizations in a letter to Congress in support of the Congressional Progressive Caucus resolution, calling for increased investments in child care and better supports for working families.
Education Technology and Student Data Privacy
National PTA joins with other organizations in support of the Digital Learning Equity Act of 2015.
National PTA joins with other organizations endorsing the Safeguarding American Families from Exposure by Keeping Information and Data Secure Act (SAFE KIDS Act).
National PTA signs on to the National Education Groups Coalition letter to endorse the Student Digital Privacy and Parental Rights Act of 2015.
Federal Investments in Education
National PTA joins with other organizations advocating for an increase in Fiscal Year 2016 appropriations for the Individuals with Disabilities in Education Act.
National PTA joins with over 2,500 national and state organizations to urge members of Congress to raise the caps on nondefense discretionary (NDD) programs and find a compromise to replace sequestration with a balanced approach to deficit reduction.
National PTA letter in opposition to the proposed funding cuts in the Senate Labor, Health and Human Services Appropriations bill for fiscal year 2016.
National PTA letter in opposition to the proposed funding cuts in the House Labor, Health and Human Services Appropriations bill for fiscal year 2016.
National PTA joins with other organizations to support S. 2123 which ensures that any life sentence imposed in a case where the defendant was under the age of eighteen at the time of the offense, receives meaningful periodic reviews.
National PTA joins with other ogranizations endorsing the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Reauthorization Act of 2015 (S. 1169).
National PTA letter endorsing the Second Chance Reauthorization Act (S.1513).
National PTA signs on to the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities letter requesting that the U.S. Department of Education Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) issue guidance to state educational agencies to direct local educational agencies to examine their procedures and practices regarding the use of the terms dyslexia, dyscalculia, and dysgraphia; and the provision of appropriate accommodations for students with specific learning disabilities.
National PTA sent a letter to Congressman Lamar Smith (R-TX) in support of H.R. 1020- STEM Education Act of 2015 which would support our schools by continuing to support existing STEM education programs and expand the definition of STEM subjects to address related fields like computer science.
National PTA signs on to a coalition letter asking Members of Congress to co-sponsor S. 705, the Transportation Alternatives Program Improvement Act.
Elementary and Secondary Education
National PTA joins with 22 education and privacy organizations on October 9 supporting the inclusion of the proposed education data privacy study committee in the final Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) re-authorization.
National PTA sent a letter on October 19 strongly urging members of Congress to vote against the Scholarships for Opportunity and Results (SOAR) Act (H.R. 10), the reauthorization of the District of Columbia private school voucher program.
National PTA joins with other organizations in voicing opposition to H.R. 10, the reauthorization of the District of Columbia private school voucher program.
National PTA signs on to a coalition letter on October 13 expressing strong opposition to the inclusion of any provision in the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) that would create or lead to a private school voucher.
National PTA signs on to a letter with a coalition of education organizations to express support of the U.S. Department of Education’s national effort to address chronic absenteeism.
National PTA letter sent on September 30 to leaders in Congress urging them to maintain language found in Titles III and IV, respectively in the Student Success Act (H.R. 5) and the Every Child Achieves Act (S. 1177) that reauthorizes Statewide Family Engagement Centers among other family engagement provisions.
Due to upcoming changes in the leadership in the U.S. House of Representatives, National PTA joins with 9 other national education organizations to reemphasize the need for a successful reauthorization of ESEA.
National PTA signs on to a letter with 9 other national education organizations urging congressional leadership to identify conferees and get an ESEA conference committee started quickly.
National PTA signs on to the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities letter expressing support and opposition to certain amendments in the "Every Child Acheives Act of 2015" (S.1177).
National PTA letter sent July 8 to members of the House of Representatives expressing support and opposition to certain provisions in the "Student Success Act of 2015" (H.R. 5).
National PTA signs on to the National Coalition of Public Education letter sent July 8 in opposition to the A-PLUS ACT and school voucher amendments to the "Student Success Act of 2015" (H.R. 5)
National PTA joins with multiple other organizations in a letter to Senators asking for their support of the Kirk-Reed-Baldwin-Brown amendment to the "Every Child Achieves Act of 2015" (S. 1177).
National PTA letter to U.S. Senators expressing National PTA's priorities in the "Every Child Achieves Act of 2015" (S.1177) before the bill is set to be debated on the Senate floor.
National PTA signs on to the National Coalition of Public Education letter in opposition to Title I funding portability and school vouchers in the "Every Child Achieves Act of 2015" (S. 1177).
National PTA recently signed on to a letter supporting physical education as a core subject and restoring the Carol M. White Physical Education Program (PEP) in the "Every Child Achieves Act of 2015".
National PTA letter to Senate HELP Committee on ESEA Reauthorization Bill: National PTA's letter to Committee Members regarding the "Every Child Achieves Act of 2015" released by Committee Chair Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA). The letter outlines the need for family engagement provisions to be included in the bill.
PTA’s ESEA-NCLB Recommendations to HELP Committee: National PTA’s comments on the “Every Child Ready for College or Career Act of 2015” discussion draft released by Senate HELP Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN). The comments outline PTA’s priorities for ESEA-NCLB reauthorization including a request for mandatory set-aside funds for family engagement activities.
NCPE Title I Portability Opposition: As part of the National Coalition for Public Education (NCPE), a letter expressing opposition to the Title I portability provision of the HELP Committee’s ESEA-NCLB reauthorization discussion draft that would allow Title I funds to follow a child to another public school.
Coalition for Community Schools ESEA Priorities: Letter from the Coalition for Community Schools, of which National PTA is a member, detailing the coalition’s recommendations for ESEA-NCLB reauthorization in the 114th Congress.
Military Child Education Coalition ESEA and Military Connected Children: Letter to Congress from the Military Child Education coaltion, urging Congress to amend section 1501 of ESEA-NCLB to direct State and Local Educational Agencies to collect data about military-connected students as a "report-only" subgroup.