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PTA Advocacy History:

As the largest volunteer child advocacy organization in the nation, National PTA is the conscience of the country for children and youth issues. Through advocacy, as well as family and community education, National PTA has established programs and called for legislation that improves our children’s lives, such as:


  • Creation of Kindergarten classes
  • Child labor laws
  • Public health service
  • Hot and healthy lunch programs
  • Juvenile justice system
  • Mandatory immunization
  • Arts in Education
  • School Safety

2017 Public Policy Agenda

Each year National PTA publishes a public policy agenda that outlines policy priorities and recommendations for Congress. From universal kindergarten to a juvenile justice system—National PTA® advocates have been at the heart of our nation’s greatest advances for youth.

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Recent Advocacy Success:

PTA leaders from across the country gathered in DC for the annual National PTA Legislative Conference in March 2018. During the conference, PTA leaders visited with legislators to discuss priority issues. Their advocacy on behalf of youth and families across our nation helped to persuade legislators to include all of PTA's priorities in the final version of the FY18 Omnibus Spending Bill.


Below is a summary of National PTA priorities included in the bill: 

  • The FY2018 LHHS Appropriations bill includes $70.9 billion in funding for the Department of Education, a $2.6 increase above the FY2017 level.
  • $15.8 billion for Title I (an increase of $300 million over FY2017 level)
  • $12.3 billion for IDEA special education grants to states, an increase of $275 million over the fiscal year 2017 enacted level
  • $1.1 billion for Student Support and Academic Achievement State Grants (Title IV-A), $700 million above the fiscal year 2017 level,
  • $10 million for the Statewide Family Engagement Centers which have not been funded since FY10
  • Repeal of the Dickey amendment that bans CDC research on gun violence
  • Inclusion of both the STOP School Violence Act and the Fix NICS

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