National PTA’s Issue Priorities complement PTA’s mission of advocating for services and policies in Washington that benefit children, educating parents to be advocates for their children and engaging community members in support of public education.
National PTA’s current advocacy efforts focus on three broad areas:
- Parent Involvment – Increase parent involvement based on PTA’s National Standards for Parent/Family Involvement
- Safe and Nurturing Environments – Protect the health and welfare of children by advocating for and promoting school-based early childhood education, before – and after-school programs, initiatives that foster safe and nurturing environments; reauthorization of federal child nutrition programs.
- Support for Public Education – Strengthen public education for our nation’s children by advocating for and promoting the reauthorization of and mandatory, full funding for Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), full funding for implementation of No Child Left Behind (NCLB); programs that improve the recruitment, development and retention of highly qualified educators, measures to promote equity in public education; public funds for public schools only to ensure accountability.
You can become part of the PTA’s advocacy effort by joining the Member-to-Member Network. Let your voice be heard! Sign-up today at www.pta.org/ptawashington/index.asp
Rhode Island PTA’s advocacy efforts at the state level support PTA priorities here in Rhode Island. Positions taken by the Rhode Island PTA are developed through Position Statements approved by the Board of Managers and/or Resolutions approved by the membership. Local units and Councils are encouraged to submit their concerns in the form of resolutions for consideration at the Annual Fall Congress Meeting. For more information on how to strengthen the PTA voice for all children in your community, contact the Rhode Island PTA at www.rhodeislandpta.org.