Position Statements

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National PTA Position Statements are official documents outlining the opinion, will, or intent of the association to address national problems, situations, or concerns that affect children and youth and require national action to seek resolution on the issue. National PTA has adopted hundreds of position statements on a wide variety of national education, health, and safety issues since its first convention in 1897.

The following is a list of a few of National PTA's position statements. For questions about these position statements or help finding others, contact National PTA's Department of Government Affairs at govtaffairs@pta.org.

Child Health

Early Identification and Interventions for Children with Mental Health Needs

Elements of Comprehensive Health Programs

Environmental Health, Remediation, Sustainability and Climate Change

National Health Reform and Access to Care for Children, Youth, Families and Pregnant Women

Nutrition for Children and Families

Recommendations Regarding Prescription Opiate Abuse Awareness and Preventions

Child Safety

Child Safety and Protection

Positive School Discipline

Recommendation on Corporal Punishment

Safe and Supportive Schools

School Facilities

Trauma-Informed Care

Education Technology and Student Data Privacy

Mass Media

Student Data Privacy and Security

Elementary and Secondary Education

Arts In Education


Development and Implementation of Teacher and Principal Evaluation Systems

Education Emphasis

Libraries and Educational Material

Relationship of PTA to Educational Organizations

Teacher Negotiations, Sanctions, and Strikes

Teacher Preparation and Staff Development

The Principal, The School's Educational Leader

The Supreme Court Decisions on Prayer in Public Schools

Gun Safety and Violence Prevention


Gun Safety and Violence Prevention

Opportunity and Equity

Citizenship and Equality

Public Charter Schools

Role of Religion in Publicly Funded Educational and Social Services

Rights and Services for Undocumented Children

Separation of Undocumented Children and Families

Shared Responsibility in Educational Decision Making

Student Involvement in Educational Governance

U.S. Supreme Court Decision Regarding Segregation

Special Education

Education of Students with Special Needs