PTA Takes Action 4.5.17

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April 5, 2017
Take Action! National PTA Extremely Disappointed with New ESSA Guidelines
The U.S. Department of Education (ED) released a new guide for states to use in developing their education plans under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). While ESSA requires meaningful stakeholder engagement, the new guide does not compel states to include a description of how they are engaging and consulting stakeholders—like parents—in developing their plans. National PTA is extremely disappointed that stakeholder engagement is no longer prioritized in the new guide. Submit a comment to ED today at to tell them stakeholder engagement is critical, not optional!

National PTA also created a stakeholder media toolkit at for you to use and share to assist PTA members in demanding state leaders to include a description of how they will meaningfully consult different stakeholders in the implementation of the new state education plans.

Trump Administration Releases Budget Priorities for Fiscal Year 2018

2018BudgetGraph.jpgPresident Trump’s “skinny budget” or “blueprint” for funding priorities in Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 was released in March. President Trump’s proposal would cut funding for public education programs by $9.2 billion.

National PTA hopes President Trump’s full budget request (to be released in May) will propose funding for Statewide Family Engagement Centers, and ensure robust investments in Title I, Individuals with Disabilities Education Act state grants, Parent Training and Information Centers and other critical education grant programs. Learn more on the National PTA OneVoice Blog and by checking out the National PTA public policy agenda.

National PTA Board of Directors Passes New Position Statements
The National PTA Board of Directors recently passed and/or updated four position statements. National PTA Position Statements are official documents outlining the opinion, will or intent of the association to address national problems, situations or concerns that affect children and youth and require national action to seek resolution on the issue.
National PTA has adopted hundreds of position statements on a wide variety of national education, health and safety issues since its first convention in 1897. You can view some of them  online.
Hundreds of PTA Leaders Advocate on Capitol Hill on Behalf of Children and Families
IMG-2017-LegCon-FB-TW-IG.jpgPTA leaders and advocates from across the country came together last month in Arlington, Va., for the 2017 National PTA Legislative Conference, “Celebrating 120 Years of Changing Children’s Lives”. During the conference, attendees enjoyed workshops on key education issues facing the new Congress, with discussions and trainings on how PTA advocates can shape public policy at home and on Capitol Hill in 2017 and in the years to come.

Weren’t able to attend LegCon? Don’t worry! All PTA members can view the conference materials and workshop PowerPoints at

MainePTACapitolHillVisit(2).jpgAdvocates of the Month: Maine PTA
Maine PTA president Tracy Walker and president-elect Haley Tripp attended the National PTA Legislative Conference for the first time in March. These two outstanding advocates met with members of Congress in the nation’s capitol to advocate on behalf of Maine families and students.
In addition, Walker and Tripp presented Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) with National PTA’s Congressional Voice for Children Award, in honor of Sen. Collins’ work to improve the lives of students and families across the country.
What Should Parents Know About School-Based Law Enforcement Officers?
Often parents and caretakers are unware that there are school-based police officers or “School Resource Officers (SROs)” among the school staff involved in their children’s education and discipline. Many parents may not know the scope of officers’ authority, and officers are not aware of what parents have been told about law enforcement’s role in the school. This causes anxiety, confusion, and at times produces significant problems that are hard to resolve and cast a shadow over school climate.

In an effort to support parents’ understanding, Strategies for Youth has created this “Parent’s Checklist for SROs in Your Children’s Schools” to provide parents with a set of questions that will help parents understand the scope of authority that law enforcement may have in their child’s school.

Read the full checklist here.

National PTA Headquarters
1250 N. Pitt Street
Alexandria, Virginia 22314
Phone: (703) 518-1200
Toll Free: (800) 307-4782
Fax: (703) 836-0942

1250 N. Pitt Street, Alexandria, VA 22314

[ANNOUNCEMENT] National PTA’s 2017 Candidates

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2017 Elections: Annoucement of Nominees
Sent on Behalf of Laura Bay, President, National PTA
National PTA is pleased to announce the list of nominees (both slated and self-nominated) for election during the 2017 Annual Convention:
2017 Slated Board Officer Candidates (2017-2019 term)
  • Leslie Boggs – President Elect (Texas)
  • C. Andre’ Daniels – Secretary/Treasurer (New Jersey)
  • Anna King – Vice President, Membership (Oklahoma)
  • Stella Edwards – Vice President, Advocacy (Virginia)
2017 Slated Board Member Candidates (2017-2019 term)
  • Amy Arness – (North Dakota)
  • Jude Bruno – (Florida)
  • Donald Dunn – (North Carolina)
  • Heather Gillette – (Washington)
  • Yvonne Johnson – (Delaware)
  • Collin Robinson – (Oregon)
  • Don Romoser – (Connecticut)*
  • Tony Shivers – (Virginia)
  • Amy Zink – (Texas)
* Don Romoser has chosen to withdraw from his slated nomination and self-nominate for an officer position. The Nominating and Leadership Development Committee has chosen to slate Amy Arness in his place.
2017 Slated NLRC Candidates (2017-2020 term)
  • Melissa Nehrbass – (Virginia)
  • Dawn Stastny – (Georgia)

2017 Self-Nominated Board Officer Candidates (2017-2019 term)

  • Shannon Sevier – President Elect – (Texas)
  • Denise Sultz – Secretary/Treasurer (Kansas)
  • Derrick Byrd – Secretary/Treasurer (North Carolina)
  • Don Romoser – Secretary/Treasurer (Connecticut)
  • Wayne Bauman – Vice President, Membership (Iowa)
  • Marques Ivey – Vice President, Advocacy (Colorado)

2017 Self-Nominated Board Member Candidates (2017-2019 term)

  • Damaris Allen – (Florida)
  • Jeffery Corbett – (Oklahoma)
  • Robin N Dickson – (Texas)
  • Enrique J Escallon – (Florida)
  • Donna Hameed – (Virginia)
  • Tina Hartman – (Indiana)
  • Crystal Hayes – (Florida)
  • Michelle Humphreys – (Texas)
  • Catherine M Romano – (New York)
  • Erika Taylor – (Colorado)
  • Alison J Turner – (Nevada)
  • Dhani Wijaya Munoz – (Virginia)

2017 Self-Nominated NLRC Candidates (2017-2020 term)

  • Annita Bonner – (Mississippi)

I want to take the opportunity to thank NLDC for their work in slating their candidates. We thank every volunteer leader for their willingness to serve. Elections will be held at the 2017 National PTA Convention & Expo, June 22-25, in Las Vegas. We hope to see you there!

National PTA Headquarters
1250 N. Pitt Street
Alexandria, Virginia 22314
Phone: (703) 518-1200
Toll Free: (800) 307-4782
Fax: (703) 836-0942

1250 N. Pitt Street, Alexandria, VA 22314

JC/DC ACTION ALERT: HB 29 Powdered Alcohol


HB 29 would add powdered alcohol to the definition of intoxicating liquor used in state liquor control laws. The bill requires anyone shipping or delivering powered alcohol to a resident of this state for personal use to have an alcohol carrier license.

Powdered Alcohol is a particular concern for PTA because underage drinking creates and environment that can be extremely dangerous to children.  Because of the potential for abuse, powdered alcohol has been banned in more than 27 states.

Dear Representative,

As a community we prioritize safety with regard to our kids. We have laws that require young children be restrained in car seats.  Medicines must be sold in childproof containers.  We encourage classes on fire safety.  And our schools and communities work hard to raise awareness of the dangers of underage drinking.  Powdered Alcohol has a high potential for abuse creating a dangerous environment for children. 

Powdered Alcohol is not “freeze-dried alcohol” but rather ethyl alcohol encapsulated by a sugar container.  It can be easily concealed, sprinkled onto food products, taken as a pill, snorted, injected and mixed with other alcohol and drugs such as cocaine and marijuana making it even more potent and inhibiting the user’s ability to fight off alcohol poisoning. 

Help keep our children safe from such harmful products.  Please support HB 29 by voting yes.


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