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2017 Letters to Policymakers

To view each letter, please click the blue icon to the left of the letter's title.

Child Nutrition

Letters to Policymakers Icon National PTA joins with over 3,000 organizations to demonstrate support to safeguard the federal nutrition programs in a letter to President Trump and Congress.

Health and Safety

Letters to Policymakers Icon National PTA joins with other organizations in opposition to pieces of legislation that would directly harm transgender people, and particularly transgender students on April 17. 
Letters to Policymakers Icon Amicus Curiae Brief of National PTA, GLSEN, and other Education organizations in support of Gavin Grimm and transgender students.

Early Childhood Learning

Education Technology and Student Data Privacy

Letters to Policymakers Icon National PTA, as a member of the The Education and Libraries Networks Coalition (EdLiNC), expresses disappointment of the FCC Chairman Pai's unilateral decision to revoke the designation of several telecommunications companies as Lifeline broadband providers on Feb. 7. 

Elementary and Secondary Education

Letters to Policymakers Icon National PTA submits comments to the U.S. Department of Education expressing disappointment with the new Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) guidelines on April 3. 
Letters to Policymakers Icon National PTA joins with other organizations to reiterate to the Council of Chief State School Officers that they clearly and explicitly demonstrate in each state education plan how stakeholders were involved in its development on March 21.
Letters to Policymakers Icon National PTA, as a member of the National Coalition for Public Education, opposes the bill to reauthorize the Washington, DC Voucher Program on March 7. 
Letters to Policymakers Icon National PTA, as a member of the National Coalition for Public Education, reiterates opposition to private school vouchers in advance of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce's hearing on “Helping Students Succeed Through the Power of School Choice,” scheduled for Feb. 2. 
Letters to Policymakers Icon National PTA sends a letter in advance of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce's hearing on “Helping Students Succeed Through the Power of School Choice,” scheduled for Feb. 2. 
Letters to Policymakers Icon National PTA joins with other organizations to reiterate concerns regarding the nomination of Betsy DeVos for U.S. Secretary of Education on Jan. 30. 
Letters to Policymakers Icon National PTA joins with other organizations to express concerns regarding several positions of U.S. Secretary of Education designee, Betsy DeVos on Jan. 13
Letters to Policymakers Icon National PTA, as a member of the National Coalition for Public Education, expresses concerns regarding several positions of U.S. Secretary of Education designee, Betsy DeVos on Jan. 9. 

Federal Investments in Education

Letters to Policymakers Icon National PTA joins with other organizations to urge Congress to fully fund the Student Support and Academic Enrichment (SSAE) grant program in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) on June 19. 
Letters to Policymakers Icon National PTA joins with more than 140 state, national groups to urge Congress to preserve federal funds for teacher and principal professional development in FY 2018 on May 10.
Letters to Policymakers Icon National PTA joins with 99 other organizations to urge Congress to provide funds for the Statewide Family Engagement Centers grant program in FY 2018 on May 10. 
Letters to Policymakers Icon National PTA joins with other organizations to urge Congress to increase funding for federal labor, health and human services and education programs on May 8.
Letters to Policymakers Icon National PTA joins with other organizations to urge Congress to provide funds for critical Title I programs under ESSA in FY 2017 on April 13.
Letters to Policymakers Icon National PTA joins with 87 other organizations to urge Congress to provide funds for the Statewide Family Engagement Centers grant program in FY 2018 on April 5. 
Letters to Policymakers Icon National PTA joins with other organizations to urge Congress to provide adequate funding for principal leadership and support programs and professional learning opportunities for teachers in FY 2017 and FY 2018 on April 4. 
Letters to Policymakers Icon National PTA joins with other organizations to urge Congress to provide adequate funding for critical juvenile justice and delinquency prevention programs in FY 2017 and FY 2018 on April 3.
Letters to Policymakers Icon National PTA joins with other organizations to urge Congress to provide a significant increase in funding for early childhood programs in FY 2017 and FY 2018 on March 24.
Letters to Policymakers Icon National PTA joins with other organizations to urge Congress to provide a significant increase in funding for IDEA in FY 2017 and FY 2018 on March 24.
Letters to Policymakers Icon National PTA and the PACER Center submit written testimony to the House L-HHS Appropriations Committee on the importance of Statewide Family Engagement Centers on March 8.
Letters to Policymakers Icon National PTA, as a member of NDD United, urges Congress to provide adequate funding for "nondefense discretionary" (NDD) programs on March 1.

Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention

Gun Safety and Violence Prevention

Post-Secondary Access and Opportunity

Special Education

Letters to Policymakers Icon National PTA joins with other organizations to urge Congress to fully fund the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) on June 14. 
Letters to Policymakers Icon National PTA, as a member of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD), provides input on how to improve the U.S. Department of Education IDEA website on April 24.
Letters to Policymakers Icon National PTA, as a member of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD), provides a response to Betsy DeVos' U.S. Secretary of Education confirmation hearing on Jan. 24.
Letters to Policymakers Icon National PTA, as a member of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD), shares the consortium's views on the importance of the US Department of Education to students with disabilities to promote their protection, inclusion and achievement in schools on Jan. 9.