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PTA Advocacy History

Tools & Training for PTA Advocates

Advocacy Toolkit

Get step-by-step instructions for how to be heard by policy makers and the media.

​National PTA's Public Policy Agenda

Each year National PTA publishes a public policy agenda that outlines policy priorities and recommendations for Congress. 

Recent Advocacy Success Stories:

Federal Legislation:

PTA leaders from across the country gathered in DC for the annual National PTA Legislative Conference March 10-12, 2020. Indiana had 5 adults and 1 student representative in attendance this year. Delegates received training on advocacy issues, then visited Capitol Hill to speak with legislators on priority issues. We were able to meet with Senator Young and Senator Braun, as well as staff members from the offices of Congressman Carson, Congressman Bucshon, Congressman Visclosky, Congressman Banks, and Congresswoman Brooks. This year, the timing of our visit also allowed us to address specific emergency needs due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Our delegation encouraged legislators to make sure that the CARES act addressed communal feeding requirements, allowing schools to keep feeding students during the shutdown.

State Legislation:

State legislative information coming soon.


In June 2019, Indiana PTA was honored with the2019 ISTA Friend of Education award. Indiana PTA has been a partner with teachers, educators and schools across the state. For more than 100 years, Indiana PTA has been integral to the collaborative advancement of our public schools. 

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