National PTA Applauds Enactment of Spending Bills

ALEXANDRIA, Va., (Dec. 21, 2019)—National PTA President Leslie Boggs issued the following statement on the signing of the spending bills last night by President Trump:

“National PTA applauds Congress and the administration for coming together to enact two bills that fund the government through fiscal year 2020 and avoid a shutdown. We also commend Congress for including in the bills a $4.9 billion increase for labor, health and human services and education programs as well as providing funding for some of National PTA’s key priorities. For years, we have urged Congress to prioritize students, families and schools and make investments in programs that make a difference for the education, health, safety, well-being and success of every child.

“Among National PTA’s key priorities, the bills allot $25 million for research into firearm injury and mortality prevention. The bills also dedicate $10 million for the Statewide Family Engagement Centers (SFEC) program. Additionally, the bills include funding increases for Head Start, Child Care Development Block Grants, Student Support and Academic Enrichment State Grants, Title I and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Further, the bills provide over $23 billion for child nutrition programs.

“These programs help ensure that all students have the supports they need to succeed in school as well as receive well-rounded educational opportunities and learn in healthy and safe environments. The investments in these programs are critical to ensure every child reaches their full potential and for the long-term success of our country. We commend Congress for acknowledging the importance of these programs for students, families, schools and our nation.”

About National PTA

National PTA® comprises millions of families, students, teachers, administrators, and business and community leaders devoted to the educational success of children and the promotion of family engagement in schools. PTA is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit association that prides itself on being a powerful voice for all children, a relevant resource for families and communities, and a strong advocate for public education. Membership in PTA is open to anyone who wants to be involved and make a difference for the education, health and welfare of children and youth. For more information, visit PTA.org.


Missouri PTA 2020-2022 Term Officer Nominees

The following individuals have been nominated for office for the 2020-2022 term of Missouri PTA.
 
President-Elect                                                                        Christine Kent 
Vice-President and Director of Legislation and Advocacy     Paula McKinney 
Vice-President and Director of Membership Services            Steven Cook 
Vice-President and Director of Field Services                        OPEN 
Vice-President and Director of Programs                              Angie Warner 
Vice-President and Director of Communications                   Kristina Wilmoth 
Secretary                                                                                 Stefanie Adair
Treasurer                                                                                 Sarah Day
 
According to the Missouri PTA bylaws;
Article X Section 1d, “additional nominations may be made from the floor, provided consent has been obtained from the nominee and provided that nominees running from the floor give to the state PTA president thirty (30) days notification before the beginning of the convention of their intent to.”  
Notifications must be emailed to president@mopta.org by midnight April 1, 2020.   
 
Article IX Section 3 outlines the qualifications for Missouri PTA Officers.  “Any elected or appointed officer must reside in the State of Missouri and be a member of a PTA in that officer’s local school district. If there is no local PTA in the officer’s school district, that officer must be a member of a PTA within the State of Missouri.  To be eligible for the office of president or president-elect a person must have served on the Board of Managers for two (2) terms immediately prior to assuming office.
     a. To be eligible for any other elected office a person must have served on the Board of Managers for one (1) term immediately prior to assuming office. 

December Membership Challenge

Our December membership challenge is to Give the Gift of Membership!! We can all help Unwrap A Child’s Potential when we increase our numbers to advocate for ALL students. We challenge each of our units and members to gift memberships to those parents or students who wish to be involved, but might not be able to purchase a membership. There will not be an incentive attached to this challenge, but rather we hope that everyone will pass the gift of membership onto others.

We would love to recognize each unit that participates!! E-mail membershipvp@mopta.org to let us know how your members shared their generosity with others to make a difference in the lives of children.


National PTA and New Jersey PTA Statement on Shooting at Pleasantville High School Football Game

ALEXANDRIA, Va., (Nov. 18, 2019)—National PTA President Leslie Boggs and New Jersey PTA President Cathy Lindenbaum issued the following statement about the shooting during the football game between Camden and Pleasantville high schools in Pleasantville, N.J.:

“National PTA, New Jersey PTA and all PTA members nationwide are saddened and angered to know that New Jersey has now joined the many other states that have been plagued by senseless gun violence. The shooting that occurred on Friday evening during the high school football game was a horrific event that will change the lives of those affected forever.

“This was the second shooting on school grounds in two days. We have said it again and again—enough is enough. Combating gun violence is a top priority of PTA and we demand that Congress and the president take action immediately to change our nation’s gun laws. We elected these leaders to build and enact solutions to painful problems—and gun violence is a very painful problem. Continuing to do nothing is beyond unacceptable.

“Limiting access to firearms and assault weapons and strengthening background checks can and will save lives. Congress must enact common-sense legislation today to help prevent future tragedies from occurring. We cannot wait any longer.

“We’ve all heard the argument that no matter what is done or what laws are put in place there will be those who will break the law. That same argument can be made about speed limits—people break them every day, but does that mean we shouldn’t have them? No. They prevent accidents and they save lives. We need speed limits, just like we need universal background checks, ‘red flag’ laws and other measures that will decrease gun violence and make our schools and communities safer for everyone.

“PTA members will always remain advocates for the safety and well-being of all children. We encourage everyone to get involved in our efforts to protect every child. Our association has developed resources for parents to ensure schools are safe and supportive places for their children as well as learn how to talk to their children about violence.

“This Giving Tuesday (Dec. 3), we are focusing on raising awareness about gun violence prevention. Join us in demanding action to keep our children safe.”

About National PTA

National PTA® comprises millions of families, students, teachers, administrators, and business and community leaders devoted to the educational success of children and the promotion of family engagement in schools. PTA is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit association that prides itself on being a powerful voice for all children, a relevant resource for families and communities, and a strong advocate for public education. Membership in PTA is open to anyone who wants to be involved and make a difference for the education, health, and welfare of children and youth. For more information, visit PTA.org.

About New Jersey PTA

New Jersey PTA comprises over 110,000 of families, students, teachers, administrators, and business and community leaders devoted to the educational success of children and the promotion of parent involvement in schools. PTA is a registered 501(c) (3) nonprofit association that prides itself on being a powerful voice for all children, a relevant resource for families and communities, and a strong advocate for public education. Membership in PTA is open to anyone who wants to be involved and make a difference in the education, health, and welfare of children and youth. For more information, visit NJPTA.org.