Recent Advocacy Success Stories:

Federal Legislation:

PTA leaders from across the country gathered in DC for the annual National PTA Legislative Conference in March 2019. Indiana PTA sent 3 leaders to represent our state. During the conference, PTA leaders visited with legislators to discuss priority issues.  Our Indiana delegation met with the offices of Senator Braun, Senator Young, Representative Carson, Representative Banks and Representative Walorski. 

The advocacy of PTA leaders on behalf of youth and families across our nation helped to persuade legislators to include $15 million in funding for the Statewide Family Engagement Centers (SFECs)program in the FY2020 appropriations bill.

State Legislation:

During the 2019 Indiana legislative session, Indiana PTA stood alongside our partners from the Indiana State Teacher's Association (ISTA) and the Indiana Coalition for Public Education (ICPE) in calling for increases in funding for public schools.

Due to the hard work of public education advocates, K-12 tuition support received a 2.5% increase in each year of Indiana's biennial budget. Overall, the budget represented a mixture of wins and losses for public education.

Indiana PTA opposed attempts to incentivize the arming of teachers and to randomly drug test student athletes. Both of those bills failed thanks to the efforts of our members.

In June, 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. 

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​National PTA's 2019-2020 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.

National PTA advocates on Capitol Hill for every child with one voice.View National PTA’s Legislative Checklist for the 116th Congress.

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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