October 13, 2017 — National PTA Supports Families, Schools Impacted by Wildfires in California
National PTA President Jim Accomando issued this statement regarding the wildfires in Northern California.
October 10, 2017 — National PTA Honors Excellence in Building Inclusive School Communities
National PTA is pleased to recognize 143 schools and PTAs from across the country as 2017-2019 Schools of Excellence. The National PTA School of Excellence designation honors accomplishments in building an inclusive and welcoming school community where all families contribute to the educational experience and overall well-being for all students.
September 28, 2017 — National PTA Chief Financial Officer Honored as Philanthropic CFO of the Year
Jim Thomasell, chief financial officer for National PTA, has been named the 2017 Philanthropic CFO of the Year. He will be honored at the 2017 Nonprofit CFO of the Year Awards Luncheon, Oct. 24 at The Grand Hyatt Hotel in Washington, DC.
September 20, 2017 — National PTA Stands with PTAs, Families and Schools in the Path of Hurricane Maria
National PTA President Jim Accomando issued this statement regarding Hurricane Maria.
September 19, 2017 — Chrysler Brand Teams Up With National PTA to Support Schools Across the Country Through 'Cars 4 Classrooms' Program
The Chrysler brand announced today that it has become a Proud National Sponsor of National PTA. As part of the collaboration, the Chrysler brand and National PTA will support local PTAs across the country in promoting family engagement in education and raising funds for their schools through the Chrysler “Cars 4 Classroom” fundraising program, featuring the all-new Chrysler Pacifica.
September 18, 2017 — Action for Healthy Kids and National PTA Launch Parents for Healthy Kids Initiative
Action for Healthy Kids and National PTA have teamed up to support parents in creating healthier schools through a new initiative, Parents for Healthy Kids. Parents for Healthy Kids features a website, online community forum, trainings and grants to educate, engage and empower parents nationwide to improve school and student health.
September 18, 2017 — National PTA Applauds Family Engagement Investments in House FY2018 Appropriations Bill
The U.S. House of Representatives has passed a spending bill that would fund federal programs and services for Fiscal Year 2018. The bill includes $10 million in funding for the Statewide Family Engagement Centers (SFECs) program.
September 13, 2017 — National PTA Statement on Freeman High School Shooting
National PTA issued this statement on the shooting at Freeman High School in Rockford, Wash.
September 7, 2017 — National PTA Stands with Families, Schools and PTAs in the Path of Hurricane Irma
National PTA President Jim Accomando issued this statement regarding Hurricane Irma.
September 6, 2017 — National PTA Urges Congress to Pass Comprehensive Immigration Reform
Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Justice announced that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program will be terminated March 2018. With the six-month delay in enforcement, Congress now has the opportunity to address the issue of immigration in a fair, appropriate and equitable way.
August 31, 2017 — New PDK Poll Emphasizes Need for Investments in Public Education
This week, Phi Delta Kappa International (PDK) released the results from its 2017 Poll of the Public’s Attitudes Toward the Public Schools. The findings demonstrate support for public schools and a need for greater investments in public education, as well as programs and services that improve children’s health, wellness and long-term success.
August 30, 2017 — National PTA and Texas PTA Support Families, Schools Impacted by Hurricane Harvey
National PTA, Texas PTA and PTAs across the country extend their thoughts and prayers to the millions impacted by Hurricane Harvey. We are deeply concerned for the children, families, teachers, schools and communities affected by this catastrophic storm.
August 25, 2017 — National PTA Announces STEM + Families Grant Program
National PTA announced today that $100,000 in funding will be awarded to PTAs across the country this school year to increase family engagement in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education. The funding is part of National PTA’s STEM + Families initiative.
August 17, 2017 — National PTA and Virginia PTA Statement on Racial Violence in Charlottesville, Va.
National PTA President Jim Accomando and Virginia PTA President Sarah Gross issued this statement regarding the racial violence that occurred in Charlottesville, Va.
July 20, 2017 — National PTA and AT&T Team Up to Help Close the “Homework Gap”
National PTA and AT&T have teamed up to highlight the importance of connectivity to student achievement and family engagement in education, as well as increase digital access for families. The goal of the collaboration is to help close the “homework gap” and ensure all children have the resources they need to succeed in the classroom and beyond.
June 30, 2017 — Connecticut Father Takes Helm of Nation’s Preeminent Child Advocacy Association
James L. Accomando of Fairfield, Conn. has been installed as the 55th president of National PTA, the oldest and largest all volunteer child advocacy association in the United States.
June 21, 2017 — Parent and Education Leaders to Convene in Las Vegas for 2017 National PTA Convention & Expo
Thousands of parent and education leaders from across the country will come together Thursday, June 22 through Sunday, June 25 at the Paris Las Vegas Hotel for the 2017 National PTA Convention & Expo.
May 24, 2017 — President Trump’s Cuts to Public Education Devastating for America’s Children
Today, President Donald Trump released his budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2018. The proposal cuts funding for public education programs by $9.2 billion.
May 10, 2017 — Student Artists Honored for Creative Talents in 2016-2017 National PTA Reflections Program
National PTA is pleased to announce the winners of its 2016-2017 Reflections® student art awards program.
May 9, 2017 — National PTA Honors Educators Nationwide During Teacher Appreciation Week
Teachers deliver so much to students—inspiration, knowledge and motivation. To thank, support and elevate teachers and the important contributions they make, National PTA encourages everyone to recognize and celebrate educators nationwide during Teacher Appreciation Week (May 8-12) and on National Teacher Day (May 9).
May 9, 2017 — National PTA Statement on FY2017 Appropriations Bill
President Trump signed a spending bill that funds federal programs and services through September 2017. The bill cuts overall funding for education by $1 billion and does not include funding for the Statewide Family Engagement Centers (SFECs) program. National PTA issued this statement on the bill.
May 4, 2017 — National PTA Disappointed with Relaxation of Nutrition Standards for School Meals
The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced this week that it is relaxing nutrition standards for foods served to students, including requirements for whole grains, milk and sodium levels.
May 1, 2017 — National PTA Applauds 2017 National Teacher of the Year Sydney Chaffee
National PTA congratulates Sydney Chaffee on her recognition as the 2017 National Teacher of the Year.
April 12, 2017 — National PTA and Amazon Award Kindle E-Readers to Schools For National Reading Month
These schools and PTAs were selected to receive the Kindle e-readers for their leadership and commitment to the importance of family engagement and core literacy skills for children’s achievement.
April 3, 2017 — National PTA Announces the #ThankATeacher Contest to Celebrate Educators Nationwide
National PTA today announced the #ThankATeacher Contest, in which over $20,000 in prizes will be awarded to teachers across the country during Teacher Appreciation Week. The contest is now open and all schools and PTAs are encouraged to participate.
March 20, 2017 — National PTA Adds Google Express as Newest Sponsor
National PTA is pleased to announce that Google Express has become the association’s newest Proud National Sponsor. As a Proud National Sponsor, Google Express will play a vital role in supporting the work PTA does for children and education.
March 16, 2017 — President Trump’s Cuts to Public Education Undermine Opportunity for All Children
Today, President Donald Trump released his budget blueprint for Fiscal Year 2018. The proposal cuts funding for public education programs by $9.2 billion, while including a $250 million investment to expand private school options. National PTA issued this statement on the president's budget proposal.
March 13, 2017 — National PTA Extremely Disappointed with New ESSA Guidelines
This morning, the U.S. Department of Education released a new guide for states to use in developing their education plans under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). National PTA issued this statement on the new guide.
March 8, 2017 — National PTA Honors Senator Susan Collins and Congressman Bobby Scott with Voice for Children Award
The award honors outstanding leadership and commitment to improving education and advancing issues impacting children’s health and well-being.
March 8, 2017 — Parent Leaders from Across the Country to Meet in Nation’s Capital to Advocate for Public Education and Every Child
Hundreds of PTA leaders and advocates from across the country will come together Wednesday, March 8 and Thursday, March 9 in Arlington, Va., for the 2017 National PTA Legislative Conference. During the conference—themed, “Celebrating 120 Years of Changing Children’s Lives”—attendees will celebrate historic milestones and honor PTA members and policymakers whose efforts have made a difference for the education, health and well-being of every child.
March 3, 2017 — National PTA Statement on Parent Teacher Alliance
National PTA issued this statement on the Parent Teacher Alliance.
March 2, 2017 — National PTA, GLSEN, Education Organizations Submit Joint Amicus Brief to Supreme Court in Support of Gavin Grimm and Transgender Students
Seven leading education organizations representing millions of students, families, and educators submitted an amicus brief to the U.S. Supreme Court in support of Gavin Grimm in the case of G.G. v. Gloucester County School Board. Several of the organizations issued this joint statement regarding the brief.
March 1, 2017 — National PTA Statement on President Trump's Address to Congress
National PTA supports educational choices within public schools to meet the needs of all students and believes parents and families should be involved in all aspects of public school choice plans. However, there is a difference between public school choice programs and the use of taxpayer dollars for private school voucher programs.
February 23, 2017 — Education Leaders Joint Statement on Administration’s Decision to Rescind Guidance on Federal Protections for Transgender Students
The reality is that while schools nationwide are increasingly supporting and affirming transgender students, the majority of transgender students have been left behind. For the 60 percent of transgender students who do not attend a school with supportive and affirming policies, life can be much more difficult—and even dangerous.
February 22, 2017 — National PTA Disappointed with Administration’s Rescission of Guidance to Protect Transgender Students
Every child deserves to receive a great education in a setting free from discrimination, harassment and violence. The vast majority of LGBTQ students, however, are bullied, physically assaulted and feel unsafe in school because of their actual or perceived sexual orientation or identity. There is a need for explicit protection of LGBTQ youth as it is critical to their overall health and well-being and long-term success.
February 15, 2017 — PTA Take Your Family to School Week Brings Families into Classrooms Nationwide
National PTA has designated Feb. 13-17 PTA Take Your Family to School Week to encourage families to visit their child’s school and strengthen partnerships between parents, teachers and administrators.
February 9, 2017 — National PTA Honors Outstanding Efforts in Advocating for Children and Education
National PTA is pleased to announce the recipients of its 2017 Outstanding Advocacy Awards, which honor parents and youth from across the country for their commitment to being a powerful voice for all children and a strong advocate for public education.
February 7, 2017 — National PTA Statement on Betsy DeVos’ Confirmation as U.S. Secretary of Education
Today, Betsy DeVos was confirmed as U.S. Secretary of Education. Throughout the confirmation process, National PTA joined other education, civil rights, disabilities and community organizations in expressing strong concerns for Secretary DeVos’ lack of experience with public education; unfamiliarity with the challenges and opportunities facing the nation’s public school students, families and educators; and support of programs that divert critical public school resources.
January 19, 2017 — National PTA Members to Help Build a School in the Dominican Republic
Several members of National PTA will participate in a Lifetouch Memory Mission® to build a school in the Dominican Republic, Jan. 16–24, 2017.
January 10, 2017 — National PTA Statement on Newly Formed Public Education Caucus
“Today, members of the House of Representatives came together to announce the newly-formed House Public Education Caucus." - National PTA President Laura Bay.
January 6, 2017 — National PTA and U.S. Department of Education to Honor Students through Arts Showcase
On Tuesday, Jan. 10, National PTA and the U.S. Department of Education will host a ceremony to recognize students from across the country for letting their imaginations fly through the arts.
January 4, 2017 — National PTA Statement on Secretary of Education Confirmation Hearing
"Today, the Senate announced the confirmation hearing for Betsy DeVos on Jan. 17, 2017. We respect the confirmation process and pending her confirmation, we stand ready to work with Ms. DeVos to ensure that the priorities of National PTA are included in the new administration’s education agenda." - National PTA President Laura Bay.
December 1, 2016 — National PTA and TeenSafe Extend Collaboration to Empower Parents to Help Keep Kids Safe in the Digital Age and Reclaim Family Time
National PTA® and TeenSafe announced today an extension of their collaboration to help parents safeguard their children when using technology and reclaim important family time.
November 22, 2016 — National PTA Statement on Fatal Bus Accident in Tennessee
National PTA President Laura Bay: “National PTA is deeply saddened to learn of the school bus accident in Chattanooga, Tenn. The Association extends its deepest sympathies and full support to the students, families, teachers and administrators at Woodmore Elementary School."
November 16, 2016 — National PTA's Commitment to Positive, Safe Environments for All Students
National PTA is extremely disappointed after the Senate blocked several measures to protect our nation’s children from gun violence in schools and communities.
August 10, 2015 — "Be A Learning Hero" Public Service Partnership Launches With National PTA, Scholastic, GreatSchools, Common Sense Media and Leading Education Organizations As America Heads Back to School
March 2, 2015 — National PTA Commends Bipartisan Legislation to Strengthen Family Engagement in Education
Today, the Family Engagement in Education Act was reintroduced in the House and the Senate as a means to empower parents, improve capacity for states, and provide much-needed resources for schools to build effective family-school partnerships and increase student achievement. The act was first introduced in both the House and Senate in 2011.
September 15, 2014 — PTAs and Schools Nationwide to Start the Arts During National Arts in Education Week
To raise awareness of the value the arts bring to a high-quality, comprehensive education, PTAs and schools nationwide will be hosting a variety of events and activities from Sept. 15 through 19 as part of PTA Start the Arts Week.
June 10, 2014 — National PTA Statement on Reynolds High School Shooting
“National PTA is deeply saddened to hear of the shooting this morning at Reynolds High School in Troutdale, Oregon.
June 4, 2014 — National PTA Honors Students from Across the Country for their Outstanding Works of Art in 2013-2014 Reflections Program
National PTA® is pleased to announce the winners of the 2013-2014 Reflections® arts in education program.
June 3, 2014 — National PTA President to be Distinguished Guest for U.S. Army War College National Security Seminar
National PTA® is proud to announce that President Otha Thornton has been selected to be a distinguished guest for the 60th annual U.S. Army War College National Security Seminar.
May 29, 2014 — National PTA Statement on the Passing of Dr. Maya Angelou
National PTA President Otha Thornton issued the following statement in recognition of the passing of legendary author and poet, Dr. Maya Angelou.
May 16, 2014 — National PTA Statement on 60th Anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education
National PTA President Otha Thornton issued the following statement in recognition of the 60th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Brown v. Board of Education decision:
May 6, 2014 — National PTA and Schwan's Home Service Unit to Empower PTAs With Online Fundraising Network
With a shared commitment to giving back and making a difference, National PTA® and Schwan’s Home Service. Inc., through its Schwan’s Cares™ Fundraising Network, have joined forces to offer a new fundraising opportunity for PTAs across the country.
May 5, 2014 — PTAs Nationwide to Honor Educators During Teacher Appreciation Week
Every day in schools across the country, teachers touch the lives of millions of children, and their work and impact extends far beyond the boundaries of the classroom.
May 2, 2014 — National PTA Applauds 2014 National Teacher of the Year
National PTA® congratulates Sean McComb for his recognition by the Council of Chief State School Officers as the 2014 National Teacher of the Year. McComb is an English teacher at Patapsco High School & Center for the Arts in Baltimore, Md.
May 2, 2014 — Renowned Family Engagement Practitioner to Keynote 2014 Annual National PTA Convention and Exhibition
National PTA® is pleased to announce that Dr. Steve Constantino will keynote the association’s 2014 Annual National PTA Convention and Exhibition on Friday, June 20 at the Convention Center in Austin, Texas.
April 18, 2014 — U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to Headline 2014 Annual National PTA Convention and Exhibition
National PTA® is pleased to announce that U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will headline the association’s 2014 Annual National PTA Convention and Exhibition, addressing attendees on Friday, June 20 at the Convention Center in Austin, Texas.
April 16, 2014 — National PTA and Sylvan Learning Team Up to Support Student Success
As part of their compatible missions to increase family involvement in education and ensure all children succeed, National PTA® and Sylvan Learning are teaming up to offer free and discounted resources for both students and parents.
April 9, 2014 — National PTA Statement on Franklin Regional Senior High School Stabbing
National PTA is deeply saddened to hear of the stabbing incident this morning at Franklin Regional Senior High School in Murrysville, Pennsylvania.
March 17, 2014 — National PTA President to be Featured Panelist for White House and EBONY Magazine Summit Series on Educational Excellence for African Americans
National PTA® is proud to announce that President Otha Thornton will be a featured panelist for a series of summits on educational excellence for African Americans hosted by The White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans and EBONY magazine.
March 5, 2014 — National PTA Statement on President Obama's 2015 Budget Proposal
Yesterday, President Barack Obama presented to Congress his proposal for the Fiscal Year 2015 budget, prioritizing education and proposing key investments in high-quality early learning, school safety, technology and other programs aimed at creating opportunities for every child.
March 3, 2014 — National PTA to Spotlight Public Policy Priorities and Empower Parent Leaders at 2014 Annual Legislative Conference
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.
February 26, 2014 — National PTA Applauds Administration's Commitment to Strengthen School Wellness Policies
Yesterday, First Lady Michelle Obama and U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, joined by PTA leader and Real Foods for Kids Founder JoAnne Hammermaster and her son Sam Hammermaster, unveiled a proposal to strengthen local wellness policies as a means to maintain healthy school environments, involve families in the process and ensure all children have access to critical nutritious food options.
February 20, 2014 — National PTA Welcomes Joanne Dunne as Interim Executive Director
National PTA® is pleased to announce that Joanne E. Dunne, CAE has been named interim executive director.
February 14, 2014 — PTAs and Schools Nationwide to Host Events to Strengthen Family Engagement and Support Student Success During Take Your Family to School Week
In an effort to expand and enhance family engagement in education, PTAs and schools across the country will be hosting a variety of events from Feb. 17 through 21 as part of PTA Take Your Family to School Week.
February 11, 2014 — National PTA and LifeLock Forge Partnership to Empower Kids and Teens to Be Safe While Using Digital Technology
National PTA® and LifeLock, Inc. have partnered to raise awareness about the long-term impact of online activity and encourage students to be good digital citizens.
February 7, 2014 — U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to Keynote 2014 National PTA Legislative Conference
National PTA® is pleased to announce that U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will keynote the association’s 2014 Legislative Conference on Wednesday, March 12 during a luncheon at the Crystal Gateway Marriott Hotel in Arlington, Va.
January 28, 2014 — National PTA Applauds Administration's Commitment to Early Childhood Education in State of the Union
In the 2014 State of the Union, an annual address delivered by the President of the United States before members of Congress, President Barack Obama expressed a renewed commitment to ensure that every child has access to high-quality early education.
January 27, 2014 — National PTA Honors Parents and Youth From Across the Country for Leadership in Advocating for Children and Education
National PTA® is pleased to announce the recipients of its 2014 Outstanding Advocacy Awards, which honor parents and youth from across the country for their leadership and dedication to being strong advocates for education and issues affecting children.
January 24, 2014 — National PTA President Helps Build School in the Dominican Republic
National PTA President Otha Thornton is participating in a Lifetouch Memory Mission® from Jan. 21 through 28 to build a school in the Dominican Republic for the children in an impoverished, farming community.
January 14, 2014 — National PTA Statement on Berrendo Middle School Shooting
National PTA is deeply saddened to hear of the shooting at Berrendo Middle School in Roswell, New Mexico. The Association extends its sympathies to the students, teachers, administrators and families affected.
January 9, 2014 — National PTA Launches Toolkit to Empower Schools and PTAs Across the Country With Resources to Strengthen Family Engagement
As part of its ongoing efforts to strengthen family engagement in education, National PTA® is pleased to announce the launch of a digital toolkit to empower parents, teachers and administrators with resources to help build family-school partnerships.
January 8, 2014 — National PTA and U.S. Department of Education to Recognize Students From Across the Country for Their Outstanding Works of Art
On Tuesday, Jan. 14, National PTA and the U.S. Department of Education will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony in the LBJ Education Building to recognize student artists from across the country and celebrate the opening of an exhibit of their works of art.
December 11, 2013 — National PTA Recognizes Northrop High School and Northrop PTSA as First School of Excellence Nationwide
National PTA® has recognized Northrop High School and Northrop PTSA in Fort Wayne, Ind. as the first National PTA School of Excellence nationwide for their achievement in building effective family-school partnerships.
December 4, 2013 — National PTA Responds to Results of 2012 Programme for International Student Assessment
Yesterday, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) released the results from the 2012 Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), a test of mathematics, science and reading literacy, which was administered last fall to 15-year-olds in the United States and 64 other countries and economies.
November 21, 2013 — National PTA and Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation Expand Partnership With Pre-K Smart from the Start Grant Program
National PTA® and the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation (HWCF) have expanded their partnership to bring Smart from the Start, an early childhood health education grant program, to PTAs across the country.
November 15, 2013 — National PTA Applauds Bi-Partisan Legislation to Expand Access to High-Quality Early Learning Programs
This week, the Strong Start for America’s Children Act of 2013 was introduced in the House and Senate as a means to ensure that every child has access to high-quality early education.
October 30, 2013 — National PTA Partners With Univision to Advance Academic Achievement and College Readiness Among Hispanic Students and Families
National PTA® has partnered with Univision Communications Inc. to support its comprehensive, multi-platform initiative, Univision Educación, aimed at increasing high school graduation rates, college readiness and college completion among Hispanic students and engaging Hispanic families and the broader community in these efforts.
October 24, 2013 — National PTA President Honored as One of the Nation’s Most Influential African-Americans by EBONY Magazine
National PTA is proud to announce that President Otha Thornton has been named to EBONY magazine’s Power 100 list of the nation’s most influential African-Americans.
October 21, 2013 — National PTA Statement on Sparks Middle School Shooting
National PTA is deeply saddened to hear of the shooting this morning at Sparks Middle School in Sparks, Nevada. The Association extends its sympathies to the students, educators, administrators and families affected.
October 8, 2013 — National PTA President to be Featured on NBC Nightly News
National PTA is proud to announce that President Otha Thornton will be featured on NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams on Tuesday, Oct. 8.
October 8, 2013 — National PTA, American College of Sports Medicine and National Athletic Trainers' Association Officially Support USA Football's Heads Up Football Program
The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), National PTA and the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) have partnered with USA Football and the NFL to advance youth and high school football player safety by officially supporting USA Football’s Heads Up FootballSM program.
October 7, 2013 — National PTA and AARP Team Up to Bring the Benefits of AARP Membership to PTA Members
National PTA and AARP have teamed up to offer a complimentary one-year AARP membership to PTA members and loved ones age 50+. Through AARP membership, PTA members have access to important resources and substantial discounts on a wide range of products and services.
October 7, 2013 — National PTA Reacts to Scholastic and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Opinion Poll on the Common Core State Standards
The release of findings from a poll by Scholastic and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation on teachers’ attitudes toward the Common Core State Standards aligns closely with National PTA’s support of the standards, demonstrating a clear need for academic benchmarks that raise the bar and prepare all students with the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in college and careers.
October 2, 2013 — National PTA to Inspire and Strengthen Leadership Among Diverse Populations With Emerging Minority Leaders Conference
As part of its commitment to inspiring and strengthening diversity in leadership, National PTA will host its eighth annual Emerging Minority Leaders Conference from October 11 through 13 in Arlington, Va.
September 25, 2013 — Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation, National PTA and Discovery Education Announce Clinton Global Initiative Commitment: Pre-K Smart from the Start Grant Program
The Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation (HWCF), National PTA® and Discovery Education, announced today their Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Commitment to Action, Smart from the Start.
September 25, 2013 — National PTA Expands Resources to Support the Transition to the Common Core State Standards with Launch of Assessment Guides for Parents
As part of its ongoing commitment to support parents and educators as the Common Core State Standards are implemented in classrooms across the country, National PTA® is pleased to announce the launch of Common Core State Standards Assessment and Accountability Guides.
September 19, 2013 — National PTA Stands With Colorado PTA in Supporting Families and Schools Impacted by Floods
Colorado PTA and National PTA, with support from the network of PTAs across the country and overseas, commit to help restore the communities affected by the deadly floods.
September 4, 2013 — National PTA Statement on Spring High School Stabbing
National PTA is deeply saddened to hear of the stabbing this morning at Spring High School in Houston, Texas. The Association extends its sympathies to the students and families affected.
August 30, 2013 — National PTA Featured in Classroom Technology Awareness Campaign Published in USA Today
National PTA is proud to be a part of Mediaplanet Publishing’s Awareness Campaign Surrounding Classroom Technology.
August 28, 2013 — National PTA Celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington
National PTA commemorates the 50th anniversary of the historic March on Washington.
August 21, 2013 — National PTA Reacts to PDK/Gallup Opinion Poll on Public Education
Today’s PDK/Gallup poll on the American public’s attitudes toward public schools aligns with many of the National PTA’s top advocacy issues, demonstrating a clear role for parents in support of their child’s education.
August 20, 2013 — National PTA Statement on Ronald McNair Discovery Learning Academy Shooting
National PTA is deeply saddened to hear of a school shooting in Decatur, Georgia yesterday.
August 14, 2013 — Quicken Loans to Showcase National Parent Teacher Association at Pure Michigan 400
Detroit-based Quicken Loans, the nation’s largest online mortgage lender, today announced that the No. 39 Quicken Loans Chevrolet SS driven by Ryan Newman will feature a special paint scheme supporting the National Parent Teacher Association (PTA) at the Pure Michigan 400, held at Michigan International Speedway on Sunday, August 18.
August 6, 2013 — National PTA Statement on District-Level ESEA Waivers
Today, the U.S. Department of Education announced a waiver flexibility package for a consortium of school districts in California.
July 29, 2013 — National PTA and Blackboard Honored by The Wireless Foundation for Changing Lives through Wireless at its VITA Achievement Awards Dinner
The Wireless Foundation recognized individuals and organizations whose use of wireless technology have led to positive and significant societal impacts.
July 23, 2013 — National PTA Announces Participants in the “Fourth Wave” of its Common Core State Standards Initiative
National PTA has selected Indiana PTA, Kansas PTA and Michigan PTA to take part in the fourth wave of its Common Core State Standards Initiative aimed at increasing awareness and understating of the historic reform that is set to take place in schools across the country.
July 19, 2013 — Statement on the Passage of the Student Success Act
Today, the House of Representatives passed the Student Success Act of 2013 (H.R. 5), legislation to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), aimed at improving areas of No Child Left Behind.
July 11, 2013 — National PTA Commends Bi-Partisan Family Engagement Legislation
Today, the Family Engagement in Education Act of 2013 was introduced in the House and the Senate as a means to empower parents, improve capacity for states, and provide much-needed resources for schools to improve family engagement.
June 23, 2013 — First African-American Male Takes PTA Helm
Mr. Otha Thornton was installed as president of the National Parent Teacher Association (PTA), making history as the first African-American male chosen to lead the association.
June 22, 2013 — National PTA Reflections Art in Education Winners Announced
Seven students from across the country will be recognized for their outstanding works of art at the 117th National PTA Convention and Exhibition at the Duke Energy Convention Center in Cincinnati today.
June 21, 2013 — NFL, National PTA Join Forces on Youth Health and Fitness
The NFL and the National PTA today announced a partnership on youth health and fitness, launching nationwide this fall.
June 19, 2013 — NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell Joins Panel on Youth Health at PTA National Convention
Commissioner Goodell, Dr. Pieroth and Lavar Arrington will participate in a panel discussion, titled “Health and Safety for a New Generation,” as part of the PTA National Convention.
June 13, 2013 — National PTA applauds family engagement provisions in ESEA reauthorization; calls for bipartisan approach moving forward
National PTA applauds the inclusion of family engagement provisions in ESEA.
May 29, 2013 — National PTA Partners with Blackboard on Announcement of New School Safety Resource
Launched by Blackboard Inc., TipTxt is a two-way texting service that allows students to confidentially notify school officials of activity related to bullying or school safety.
May 23, 2013 — National PTA Stands with Oklahoma PTA in Assisting Tornado-Ravaged Families, Schools Recover
The Oklahoma PTA, with support from National PTA and its network of PTAs across the country and overseas, commits to help restore the school communities affected in this week’s deadly tornadoes.
May 10, 2013 — Celebrates Educators During Teacher Appreciation Week
National PTA joins schools and communities across the country in recognizing educators making a difference in children’s lives during PTA Teacher Appreciation Week between May 6-10, 2013.
May 6, 2013 — National PTA and Discovery Education Join Together to Bring Anti-Bullying Focused Town Halls to Cities Across the Nation
Bullying has become an all too harsh reality for many of America’s school children and one of the most pressing issues parents and educators face today.
May 2, 2013 — National PTA Announces Judges for Student Art Program
National PTA today announced the judges for its 2012-2013 Reflections Program. A total of 36 judges were selected to review submissions for the annual student art contest, this year themed The Magic of a Moment.
April 24, 2013 — National PTA Commends National Teacher of the Year
National PTA congratulates Jeff Charbonneau who was named 2013 Teacher of the Year by the Council of Chief State School Officers at a ceremony at the White House yesterday.
April 18, 2013 — Calls Senate's Inaction on Gun Violence Prevention Measures Shameful
National PTA is extremely disappointed after the Senate blocked several measures to protect our nation’s children from gun violence in schools and communities.
April 11, 2013 — Honors Educators Across the US During Teacher Appreciation Week
Everyday in schools across the US, teachers touch the lives of millions of children
April 11, 2013 — Reaction to President Obama's Fiscal Year 2014 Budget Proposal
National PTA commends the President’s continued commitment to high student achievement for every child and long-term economic success.
April 10, 2013 — Lauds Senate Leaders for Reaching Bipartisan Deal on Background Checks
National PTA commends Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.Va) and Pat Toomey (R-Pa) for reaching a bipartisan compromise to expand the requirement for federal background checks related to the purchase of firearms.
March 11, 2013 — Recognizes Senator Chris Coons and Congressman Duncan Hunter with Congressional Voice for Children Award
National PTA® today announced the recipients of its 2013 Congressional Voice for Children Award which recognizes outstanding leadership related to child and education advocacy.
March 1, 2013 — Congressional Inaction on Sequestration Harms Students and Families
The National PTA is disappointed with the U.S. Congress’ apparent failure to reach a balanced, responsible deficit reduction plan to replace automatic, across-the-board spending cuts known as sequestration. While we are hopeful Congress can reach a last-minute compromise, National PTA is not optimistic.
February 28, 2013 — Fire Up Your Feet Launches Nationally to Encourage Healthy, Active Schools
As the national spotlight turns to increasing physical activity in schools and combating the childhood obesity epidemic through expanding opportunities for physical activity, the national expansion of the Fire Up Your Feet program this spring will create new opportunities for physical activity to, from and at schools and in daily life for students and families around the country.
February 28, 2013 — National PTA and Amazon Team Up to Support Family Reading
The National PTA® today announced Amazon Kindle will be the exclusive sponsor of a new Family Reading Experience program to be hosted by local PTAs in cities across the United States.
February 19, 2013 — PTAs Nationwide Host Events to Raise Family Engagement, Safety Awareness
Families across the country are helping kick-off National PTA Take Your Family to School Week® by participating in special events throughout the week to increase family engagement with an emphasis, this year, on safety at home and at play.
February 15, 2013 — GE Foundation Grant Helps National PTA Expand Common Core Work
National PTA announced today that it received a one-year $240,000 grant from the GE Foundation to further its efforts on the Common Core State Standards.
February 13, 2013 — National PTA Commends Education Emphasis in State of the Union
The 2013 State of the Union, an annual address delivered by the President of the United States before Members of Congress, showcased several of National PTA’s key concerns related to the education, health and safety of children.
February 7, 2013 — National PTA Pleased With House Gun Violence Task Force Recommendations
National PTA is pleased with the third set of proposals from Congress within one month to help curb gun violence in our nation’s schools and communities.
February 4, 2013 — National Event Engages Men in Student Achievement, Social Success
National PTA® and Kansas City-based WATCH D.O.G.S. ® (Dads of Great Students) will host the 2013 Male Engagement Conference between February 8 and10 at the Embassy Suites Kansas City Plaza (220 West 43rd Street).
February 1, 2013 — National PTA Responds to USDA Rule on Competitive Foods in Schools
National PTA commends the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for releasing this morning a proposed rule on competitive foods, a move that initiates a public comment period on food for sale through vending machines and other sources at schools.
January 31, 2013 — National PTA Endorses Mental Health in Schools Act of 2013
National PTA supports the Mental Health in Schools Act of 2013 introduced today by U.S. Senator Al Franken (D-MN).
January 30, 2013 — National PTA Honors Parents, Youth for Grassroots Advocacy Efforts
National PTA® today announced the recipients of its 2013 Outstanding Advocacy Awards, which honor state and local PTAs, as well as individuals for their dedication, leadership and sustained efforts to positively affect child related policy, regulation and legislation.
January 29, 2013 — Award-Winning Student Artwork Exhibited at the U.S. Department of Education
The artwork of students from across the country today will be recognized during a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the U.S. Department of Education.
January 24, 2013 — National PTA Commends Members of Congress for Proposed Ban on Military-Style Assault Weapons and High-Capacity Magazines
National PTA commends Members of Congress for taking swift legislative action on gun violence prevention and supports today’s introduction of the Assault Weapons Ban Act of 2013.
January 16, 2013 — National PTA Praises Administration’s Gun Violence Prevention Agenda
National PTA applauds President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden for the robust plan they put forth today addressing gun violence prevention. For decades, National PTA has called on parents, educators, community members, and government to prioritize this issue to ensure a safe learning environment for all students.
January 11, 2013 — National PTA Statement on Taft Union High School Shooting
National PTA is deeply saddened to hear of a second school shooting only weeks following the tragedy in Newtown, Conn.
December 14, 2012 — National PTA Statement on Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting
National PTA feels enormous sympathy for the students, families and communities affected by the horrendous tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., today.
December 3, 2012 — National PTA Awards Arts Enhancement Grants to PTAs
The National Parent Teacher Association (PTA®) announced today the three recipients of the 2012-2013 Mary Lou Anderson Reflections Arts Enhancement Grants—a matching grant program for student-centered arts education programs.
November 14, 2012 — National PTA, AXA Foundation Partner to Increase Awareness of Family Engagement, Safety
National PTA®, along with AXA Foundation (the philanthropic arm of AXA Equitable) announced today that for the first time ever PTA Take Your Family to School Week will have a theme, which will focus on a critical risk for our nation’s youth—Safety at Home and at Play.
November 9, 2012 — National PTA Offers Superstorm Relief for Families, Schools
In the wake of one of the most devastating natural disasters in American history, the National Parent Teacher Association (PTA®) today announced a special grant program to assist those schools impacted by Superstorm Sandy.
October 18, 2012 — National PTA Partners with People to People Ambassador Programs
The National Parent Teacher Association (PTA) announced today that it will be working with People to People Ambassador Programs, the leader in global educational travel experiences, to provide an educational program geared to promising future leaders.
October 11, 2012 — National PTA Announces Partnership with Lifetouch Photography
The National Parent Teacher Association (PTA®) and Lifetouch National School Studios formed a partnership in which Lifetouch serves as the official photographer for the association.
September 26, 2012 — National PTA Files Lawsuit Against PTO Today Parent Company
The National Parent Teacher Association (PTA®) today filed suit in Illinois against School Family Media Inc., the for-profit parent company of PTO Today, for trademark infringement, false advertising, deceptive trade practices, and other claims.
September 17, 2012 — National PTA Reinforces Commitment to Strengthening Diversity, Leadership
The National Parent Teacher Association (PTA) continues its work toward ensuring that the leadership of PTA always reflects the mosaic that is American society.
September 11, 2012 — School Lunches Healthier, Have New Look this Year!
The USDA updated nutrition standards for school meals this year are part of a provision in The Healthy-Hunger Free Kids Act of 2010.
August 28, 2012 — Our Children Magazine Goes Digital
Until this week, readers of Our Children have been local, state and national PTA leaders who receive a printed magazine and have to make copies of articles they want to share with others.
August 17, 2012 — PTA Leaders Meet for PTA Day at the White House
More than 150 Parent Teacher Association (PTA) leaders representing 41 states, Washington, D.C., and US Department of Defense schools in Europe met at the White House on Friday, August 10, for a day-long briefing with top Administration officials to discuss challenges facing our nation’s schools and communities.
August 16, 2012 — New National PTA Member Benefits Provider Offers Safety Technology to Help Keep Children Safe
As the largest volunteer child advocacy association in the nation, National PTA is committed to developing programs and partnerships that benefit children and bring valuable resources to its members.
August 7, 2012 — PTA leaders from across the US dialogue with Administration officials on education reform, honor 12 PTA Champions of Change
More than 150 Parent Teacher Association (PTA) leaders representing 41 states, Washington, D.C., and Department of Defense schools in Europe will head to the White House on Friday, August 10th for a day-long briefing with top Administration officials to discuss challenges facing our nation’s schools and communities.
July 25, 2012 — Nevada PTA receives national honor for male outreach efforts
If Nevada families see more men around this coming school year, it may be because of the strong focus of Nevada PTA to engage men in their child’s education.
July 23, 2012 — National PTA Announces New Board Members
National PTA® recently announced eight new elected and three appointed board members at the 116th Annual National PTA Convention and Exhibition in San Jose in June.
July 20, 2012 — National PTA Statement on Aurora, Colorado Movie Theater Shooting
National PTA extends its deepest sympathies to the children, young adults and families affected by the tragic shooting in Aurora, Colorado early today. This horrible tragedy saddens our country and affects every single community.
June 22, 2012 — National PTA Tackles Distracted Driving, Improved Infrastructure around Schools at America's PTA Meeting
National PTA’s® 116th Annual Convention and Exhibition kicks off today at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center in San Jose.
June 21, 2012 — Parents Can Now Easily Monitor Their Child’s Social Network and Mobile Phone Activity
IDentity Theft 911, a national leader in identity and data risk services and National Member Benefits Provider of PTA, this week announces a new intelligence tool for parents called SocialScout.
June 13, 2012 — Media Credentials Now Available for National PTA Convention in San Jose Next Week, June 22-24
National PTA® will host its 116th Annual Convention and Exhibition on Friday, June 22 through Sunday, June 24 at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center in San Jose.
June 11, 2012 — National PTA Applauds TV Networks for Commitment to Empowering Parents in Digital Age
National PTA® commends the ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, TeleFutura, Telemundo and Univision broadcast networks for launching a plan today to provide greater decision-making power to parents by offering them additional ratings tools.
May 30, 2012 — Wes Moore to Keynote at National PTA Convention in San Jose
National PTA® announced today that Wes Moore will keynote its 116th Annual Convention and Exhibition to be held June 22-24 at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center in San Jose.
May 16, 2012 — New York State PTA President Testifies on Role of Families in Education Reform
Family engagement in education is more than just school choice.
May 8, 2012 — National PTA Announces 2012 Reflections Award Recipients
While a recent report by the National Center for Education Statistics showed that many states are cutting their support for the arts in schools, one factor has remained constant in America for more than 40 years: National PTA’s® Reflections Program SM each year provides opportunities for students to explore and express themselves through the arts and receive positive recognition for their efforts and achievements.
April 5, 2012 — National PTA Applauds NCES report on Status of Arts Education in Our Schools
National PTA® has long championed arts in education.
April 4, 2012 — Five Schools Honored Nationally for Excellence in Family Engagement
When families are engaged, students succeed. That’s why National PTA is recognizing four schools with the Phoebe Apperson Hearst Family-School Partnership Awards.
March 6, 2012 — California PTA Receives National Honors for Action on Anti-Bullying Bill
National PTA® this week is recognizing California PTA for receiving the National PTA Outstanding Advocacy Award.
March 6, 2012 — Duval County PTAs Receive National Award for Advocacy Work with High School Students
National PTA® this week is recognizing the Duval County Council of PTAs in Florida for receiving the National PTA Outstanding Advocacy Award.
March 6, 2012 — Military Mom Receives Esteemed National Advocate of the Year Award
National PTA® this week is recognizing Amy Zink for receiving the prestigious Shirley Igo 2012 Advocate of the Year Award.
March 6, 2012 — Nation’s Parents Take to Capitol Hill in Fight for Education Reform
Hundreds of parent leaders representing their respective U.S. states will gather in Washington, DC to train and advocate on behalf our nation’s children with members of Congress this week.
March 6, 2012 — U.S. Representative Glenn Thompson Receives Congressional Voice for Children Award
National PTA® this week is recognizing U.S. Representative Glenn “GT” Thompson (R-PA-5) for receiving the National PTA Congressional Voice for Children Award.
March 6, 2012 — U.S. Senator Whitehouse Receives Congressional Voice for Children Award
National PTA® this week is recognizing U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) for receiving the National PTA Congressional Voice for Children Award.
February 29, 2012 — National PTA Joins Academy of Education Arts and Sciences
National PTA today announced that it joined the Academy of Education Arts and Sciences comprised of 157 of the nation’s most prominent education leaders. A charter member of the Academy, National PTA will represent millions of parents and tens of thousands of PTAs around the world.
February 29, 2012 — Samsung Launches Its Third Annual Solve for Tomorrow, the $1 Million* STEM Education Contest for Middle and High School Students
Samsung and its partners invited public school teachers and students across the United States today to participate in the Solve for Tomorrow contest.
February 27, 2012 — National PTA Statement on Chardon High School Shooting
National PTA extends its deepest sympathies to those students and families affected by the tragic shooting at Chardon High School in Chardon, Ohio today.
February 22, 2012 — National PTA Event to Feature U.S. Ed Secretary, Congressional Honors
In addition to a keynote by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, National PTA’s® Legislative Conference will include the recognition of PTA Congressional Voice for Children Award recipients—U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and U.S. Representative Glenn “GT” Thompson (R-PA-5).
February 13, 2012 — National PTA Reaction to President Obama's Fiscal Year 2013 Budget Proposal
National PTA is pleased with the maintained focus on educational success as a driver of economic prosperity.
February 13, 2012 — Parents 'Flash Mob' at Schools Nationwide this Week
Families across the country are doing their version of a ‘flash mob’ as they participate in special events for the entire family at their local schools for National PTA’s Take Your Family to School Week®
February 10, 2012 — National PTA Radio Back by Popular Demand
After a brief hiatus National PTA today re-launches National PTA Radio—a podcast focused on education, family, parent involvement and legislation related topics, as well as real-life tips and information.
February 8, 2012 — U.S. Secretary of Education to Keynote National PTA Legislative Conference
National PTA® announced recently that U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will keynote the association’s National Legislative Conference (March 7-8) taking place at the Doubletree Hotel Crystal City—National Airport.
January 25, 2012 — National PTA Statement on State of the Union Address
“National PTA applauds President Barack Obama’s commitment to rebuilding America’s workforce by improving education,” said Betsy Landers, National PTA President.
January 9, 2012 — National PTA Reflections Winners' Art Featured at Dept. of Ed
ALEXANDRIA, VA. (January 9, 2012)—National PTA® and the U.S. Department of Education will host a ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday, January 13th celebrating the opening of an arts exhibit featuring award-winning artwork from dozens of students nationwide. The ceremony commences at noon at the Department’s headquarters (LBJ Education Building) in Washington, D.C.