President Trump’s Cuts to Public Education Harmful for Children

National PTA issued the following statement on President Donald Trump’s budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2021. The statement can be attributed to National PTA President Leslie Boggs:

“National PTA is extremely disappointed to see the administration’s FY2021 budget proposal cuts funding for crucial public education programs by $6.1 billion, while including a $5 billion annual investment in private school options.

“Our public education system provides all children access to opportunities, experiences and knowledge that improve their overall well-being—regardless of their race, religion, ability or socioeconomic status. Private school vouchers fund the education of only a few, select students; divert resources from the students and schools that need it the most; and lack accountability measures. PTA opposes any private school choice system that drains vital public school resources. Public dollars must remain in public schools.

“Robust and equitable investments in our public education system are critical to ensure all children have the opportunity to reach their full potential. Far too many children continue to be left with insufficient resources. It is essential that public education is strengthened with the support of adequate funding for the long-term success of every child and our nation.

“National PTA is particularly concerned by the administration’s proposal to combine 29 critical programs that support and advance student outcomes into one block grant. We are also concerned with the elimination of funding for Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grants that provide much needed services for the safety, health and well-being of students. Consolidating funding for essential education and student well-being programs will fall woefully short in meeting the needs of all students. This proposed block grant will cut $4.7 billion from the combined funding the 29 programs previously received in FY2020.

“Our association is especially disappointed that the Statewide Family Engagement Centers (SFEC) program is included in the block grant proposal. This will mean federal funds authorized by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) for family engagement could be spent on other initiatives, and not family engagement. Family engagement is a proven strategy to positively impact student achievement and school performance.

“We now call on Congress to make vital investments in public education that are critical to improve our schools, make every child’s potential a reality and increase our nation’s economic competitiveness.”

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.


PTA to Bring Communities Together Nationwide for a Better Internet

ALEXANDRIA, Va., (Feb. 11, 2020)—In celebration of Safer Internet Day, National PTA and PTAs across the country are bringing communities together for a better internet by hosting over 160 events nationwide. The events are part of the PTA Connected initiative and are anticipated to reach as many as 10,000 families.

“Safer Internet Day encourages parents, students and educators to come together to discuss trending digital issues and empowers them to use technology responsibly, respectfully, critically and creatively. PTA has been working for over five years to address the online safety issues that are on the minds of families and connect them to tools and support,” said Leslie Boggs, president of National PTA. “Together with our PTA Connected sponsors, our association is proud to host events nationwide and share resources that help families navigate today’s digital world.”

Through the events, families will receive information about digital well-being and technology use to help address hot topics, such as screen time, social media, location sharing and other digital decisions. Parents and kids will also work together through real-life scenarios of online behavior and have open conversations to ensure they are using technology productively and responsibly.

Among the events that will be held across the country:

National PTA will also be part of the official national convening for Safer Internet Day 2020, a family night event in Mountain View, Calif. and a Be Internet Awesome event with Google in New York City with Connecticut PTA, New Jersey PTA and New York State PTA.

“At PTA, we believe in a positive, hands-on approach to parenting in the digital age,” said Nathan R. Monell, CAE, National PTA executive director. “We hope the events help families have productive, ongoing conversations about their digital lives and activities and help them have fun, learn, connect and grow together.”

National PTA launched its PTA Connected initiative in 2018 to formalize and build on its work in the digital space in response to the growing needs and interest of parents nationwide. PTA Connected is designed to educate and engage families in digital wellness, security, access, equity and literacy.

To date, over $750,000 in funding has been awarded to PTAs to host PTA Connected events with over 500 PTA Connected events across the country, reaching over 25,000 families.

NortonLifeLock is the presenting and founding sponsor of PTA Connected. Additional founding sponsors include Facebook, Google and AT&T. TikTok is a supporting sponsor of the initiative.

“National PTA is grateful to NortonLifeLock, Facebook, Google, AT&T and TikTok for supporting our association’s efforts and helping give families the tools to be successful online,” added Boggs.

For more information about PTA’s celebration of Safer Internet Day and to find an event in your community, visit PTA.org/SaferInternetDay.

 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 Announces 2020 Slate of Candidates

The 2020 Nominating and Leadership Recruitment Committee (NLRC) is proud to announce the 2020 Slate of Candidates.

Candidates are selected based on their competencies as demonstrated in their Letter of Interest application, interview and reference feedback. The Nominating and Leadership Recruitment Committee developed Competencies and Criteria for slated candidates based on a needs assessment and leadership feedback.

2020 Slated Board Member Candidates (2020-2022 Term)

Shaton Berry (Michigan)
Jeffery Corbett (Oklahoma)
Frances Frost (Maryland)
Heather Gillette (Washington)
Matthew John Rodriguez (Illinois)
Tony Shivers (Virginia)
Alison Turner (Nevada)
Samantha Valentine (Georgia)

2020 Slated NLRC Candidates (2020-2023 Term)

Dee Hensley-Maclean (Montana)
Nicole Lesnick (Ohio)

The National PTA Bylaws allow individuals to self-nominate for these positions. National PTA will send communications regarding that process by March 1. The election will be held during the 2020 National PTA Convention & Expo, June 18-21, in Louisville, Ky.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact NLRC at LeadershipRecruitment@PTA.org.


National PTA and Life360 Team Up to Promote Family Safety in the Digital Age

National PTA is pleased to announce it has teamed up with Life360 to promote family safety in the digital age through its PTA Connected initiative. Life360 created the Modern Parenting Go-Guide in collaboration with National PTA, which features discussion starters and offers best practices for healthy family connectivity.

Five local PTAs also have been awarded a grant of $1,000 each to host an event at their school and promote digital family safety tools for Safer Internet Day, Feb. 11, 2020.

“The holidays are a time when many families added new devices to their household, and with Safer Internet Day approaching, this is the perfect time to focus our conversations about being responsible and safe in the digital world,” said Leslie Boggs, president of National PTA. “National PTA is pleased to collaborate with Life360, which will help give families the tools to have proactive and productive conversations with their children about their digital lives and activities.”

Through PTA Connected and Safer Internet Day events across the country, families will receive information about digital well-being and technology use to help address hot topics, such as screen time, social media, location sharing and other digital decisions.

“At Life360, our highest ambition is to bring families closer. This has never felt more relevant or necessary than it does in today’s digital world,” said Ariana Hellebuyck, VP of Life360 Marketing. “Getting your first smartphone comes with many new freedoms for kids and many new challenges for parents. To help families better navigate parenting in the digital age, we created the ‘Modern Parenting Go-Guide’ in collaboration with National PTA, which provides insights on how to develop a healthy relationship with tech and also shares insights on modern family communication habits, family milestones, and top parenting concerns by life stage.”

National PTA’s PTA Connected initiative is designed to deepen the understanding and knowledge of parents, families and teachers about digital safety tools and resources; mobilize PTAs, schools and communities to engage families around best practices and shared learning; and generate collective impact. Life360 is a new supporting sponsor of the initiative.

“National PTA believes in a positive, hands-on approach to parenting in the digital age, and we remain committed to connecting families with tools, research and support to encourage dialogue, help them navigate the digital world and be successful online,” said Nathan R. Monell, CAE, National PTA executive director.