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.


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.


National PTA Statement on Shooting at Saugus High School

ALEXANDRIA, Va., (Nov. 14, 2019)—National PTA President Leslie Boggs issued the following statement on the shooting at Saugus High School in Santa Clarita, Calif.:

“National PTA is both deeply saddened and angry to hear of the shooting today at Saugus High School. This is yet one more day that a child won’t make it home from school.

“While the shooting was occurring at Saugus High School today, the Senate again failed to advance the Background Check Expansion Act, a common-sense measure that can and will save lives. For years, we have called for action and we’ve said, ‘Enough is enough!’ Yet again we are met by only ‘thoughts and prayers’ from our elected leaders. Our children and families deserve more than thoughts and prayers. Continuing to merely do nothing is unacceptable.

“The question our association must, once again, ask is, will our elected officials, including our president, continue to do nothing? We demand that Congress and the president act immediately in the best interest of our children, families and nation.

“National PTA demands that our leaders take action and put laws in place that address our nation’s gun violence epidemic and the ease of access to firearms and weapons of war to protect our children and families. Our association urges the immediate adoption of legislation that would strengthen background checks, ban assault weapons and prevent persons who may endanger public safety from accessing guns.

“In September, National PTA’s Board of Directors added to a long list of many advocacy activities over the years. We amended the association’s position statement on Gun Safety and Violence Prevention to reinforce our unwavering call for universal background checks and the adoption of ‘red flag’ laws, among other measures that will decrease gun violence and make our schools and communities safer for everyone. I also testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Gun Violence Prevention Task Force in support of universal background checks. Additionally, our association sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell urging him to bring the Background Check Expansion Act to the floor and facilitate its passage in the Senate.

“For nearly 30 years, National PTA has advocated for common-sense and comprehensive gun safety and violence prevention measures, while preserving the lawful use of firearms for sport and personal protection. It has been and remains a top priority of the association to prevent and eliminate violence in schools, communities and at home; promote safety for children; make sure the needs of the whole child are met and ensure every child reaches their full potential.”

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.


PTA Stands with Families, Schools and Communities Impacted by California Wildfires

ALEXANDRIA, Va., (Nov. 4, 2019)—National PTA President Leslie Boggs and California State PTA President Celia Jaffe issued the following statement regarding the wildfires in California:

“PTA is deeply concerned for all our members and the families, schools and communities affected by the wildfires across California. We empathize with and stand ready to support those dealing with loss of property, safety and routines.

“As the oldest and largest child advocacy association in the U.S., it is our duty to help families and school communities as they rebuild and recover. We remain committed to doing everything we can to assist those affected and help restore learning environments as quickly as possible.

“PTA offers resources to help families and educators have conversations with children to help them deal with emotions of fear, confusion, sadness and anger they may feel after incidents like the wildfires. These resources and other tips can be accessed at PTA.org.

“PTA also offers a Disaster Relief Fund to respond to tragedies that grievously disrupt a school or education system. We encourage PTAs and schools impacted by the wildfires, blackout and school closures to apply for support from the fund. We also urge everyone to donate to the fund to help support PTAs and schools in need.

“PTA members work every day to give our children, families and school communities what they need to thrive. Following this type of event, our mission becomes that much more important. And as Thanksgiving approaches, the need to give has never been greater. We know we can count on our PTA members across the country to help meet the needs caused by the wildfires.”

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 California State PTA
California State PTA connects families and schools and has more than 800,000 members throughout the state working on behalf of public schools, children and families, with the motto, “every child, one voice.” The PTA is the nation’s largest and highest profile volunteer association working to improve the education, health and welfare of all children and youth. The PTA also advocates at national, state and local levels for education and family issues. The PTA is nonprofit, nonsectarian and noncommercial. For more information: www.capta.org. 

Media Contacts

Heidi May Wilson, National PTA

hmay@pta.org, (703) 518-1242

Ignacio Barragan, California State PTA

ibarragan@capta.org, (916) 440-1985 ext. 106


Nominations Open for National PTA’s 2020 Advocacy Awards

For Immediate Release from National PTA:

Nominations for National PTA’s 2020 Advocacy Awards are now being accepted! The deadline to submit
nominations is Wednesday, December 18 at 11:59 PM ET.

National PTA’s annual Advocacy Awards recognize outstanding youth, individual PTA advocates, and local
unit and state PTAs that have done great advocacy work. If you know of an outstanding youth or individual
PTA advocate, or know of a local unit or state PTA that has done great advocacy work, please nominate
them to receive an award for their efforts from National PTA! Winners will be announced in January and
will receive their awards at the 2020 Legislative Conference in Alexandria, VA.

We are counting on you to both nominate strong advocates in your states and promote the awards while
nominations are open. This toolkit is designed to provide sample social media and newsletter messages
that can be used to share the Advocacy Award opportunity with PTA leaders in your states.

About the Awards

Shirley Igo Advocate of the Year Award
The Shirley Igo Advocate of the Year Award is presented to an individual PTA member, who through their leadership
and advocacy efforts, affected federal policy priorities within PTA’s annual Public Policy Agenda. Shirley was a model
of public service and volunteerism throughout her life. She was an impassioned and compassionate leader,
dedicated to moving PTA forward and committed to ensuring that others would follow.

Outstanding Youth Advocate of the Year Award
The Outstanding Youth Advocate of the Year Award is presented to a young person—who—through his or her
creativity, leadership, and dedication, has positively affected policy or change in his or her school or community in a
way that aligns with PTA’s mission and goals.

Outstanding State PTA Advocacy Award
The Outstanding State PTA Advocacy Award is presented to a state PTA that, through their dedication, leadership
and efforts positively affected legislative and/or regulatory policy compatible with PTA’s mission and goals. These
efforts must be based on a statewide issue, involve working with multiple organizations or coalitions through
grassroots collaboration, and contain a public awareness/advocacy training component for PTA members and the
community at large.

Outstanding Local PTA Advocacy Award
The Outstanding Local PTA Advocacy Award is presented to a local, district, council or regional PTA that, through
their dedication, leadership and efforts positively affected legislative and/or regulatory policy compatible with PTA’s
mission and goals. These efforts must include an education/learning component for PTA members and the
community-at-large. Working with multiple organizations or coalitions through grassroots collaboration is preferred.

Missouri PTA is proud of all of our advocates and we’ve heard touching and inspiring stories of advocacy in
action at the local, state, and national levels. Now is the time to share our advocacy successes! Thank you
for being an advocate for all children, our voice is strong because of your dedication.

For ALL children,
Kristina Wilmoth
VP & Director of Legislation and Advocacy
Missouri PTA
KristinaW@MOPTA.org