Well, the National PTA 2010 Legislative Conference is now in the history books and what an event to remember.
As you know, we were honored to have our First Lady, Michelle Obama, join us to talk about children’s health and her “Let’s Move” campaign. The delegates in attendance took her message to heart about a healthier lifestyle, one that I would hope anyone could embrace. In addition to this special moment in time, PTA members were able to hear from leaders in various fields regarding Common Core Standards, the Child Nutrition Act and ESEA re-authorization.
More importantly, this conference is an opportunity for your voices to be heard by our decision makers in Congress. It was remarkable to walk through the halls of the House and Senate office buildings and see so many PTA advocates. One of the key strengths of PTA is our collective voices; a fact that was noticed by the Congressional members who took the time to meet with PTA leaders.
Regardless of anyone’s political points of view, PTA is seen as a voice for reason; one that all elected officials should respect. Case in point is a statement made by Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY). During an awards ceremony during the conference where Senator Enzi and Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY) were both recognized for their leadership on children’s issues, Senator Enzi stated “When he was alive, Ted Kennedy was rated as the most liberal member of the Senate. During that same time, I was rated as the most conservative. Now, if Ted Kennedy and I can work closely together, anyone can.”
A perfect point! Working together is an important task. One that PTA will continue to encourage as we face the tough conversations on the tough issues of today.
Our thanks to the National PTA Staff and Legislative Committee for making our 2010 Conference such a tremendous success!
Until next time.
Charles J. “Chuck” Saylors- president, National PTA