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Legislation & Advocacy

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2016 Legislative Session 


Congress Approves Every Student Succeeds Act

In a bipartisan vote, the U.S. Senate voted overwhelmingly to approve the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which would reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act/No Child Left Behind (ESEA/NCLB). This bipartisan legislation brings comprehensive changes to education for every child, making this the most sweeping education... Read full article

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA/S. 1177)


Maryland PTA Legislative Agenda 2015  (Click to download a copy)

Maryland PTA Legislative Agenda 2016  (Click to download a copy)


2016 Maryland PTA Testimony

House Bills

HB 29 Education - Participants in Youth Sports Programs - Concussion Penalities for Coaches (SUPPORT)

HB 85  Education - Children With Disabilities - Support Services - Parental Notification  (SUPPORT)

SB 948 Nonpublic Elementary and Secondary Schools – Discrimination - Prohibition (SUPPORT)

SB 950 Education - Students with Disabilities - Parental Consent for Individualized Education Program Content (SUPPORT)


The Maryland State PTA Needs Legislative Advocates

Attached, you will find several files from the NPTA Public Policy office that provide Election Season Guides on what PTAs can and cannot do as well as resources on how you may be involved.


Please note that the IRS monitors non-profit activities, especially during election seasons. So make sure you review and share these resources before not after they consider taking action.

Below is an excerpt from one of the attached documents as a FYI:

A 501(c)(3) organization may NOT conduct partisan activities to support or oppose any
candidate for public office, including:
• Endorsing a candidate.
• Making a campaign contribution to, or an expenditure for, a candidate.
• Rating candidates on who is most favorable to your issue(s).
• Letting candidates use the organization’s facilities or resources, unless those resources are made
equally available to all candidates at their fair market value.

Much more is attached.

                           Candidate Appearances              Hosting A Candidate Forum      


               Non Profits and Ballot Measures              Non Profit Vote Guide



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Marla Posey-Moss, Maryland PTA Vice President Legislation,

Eddie Gleason, Maryland PTA Federal Legislative Chair,




Maryland PTA Supports National PTA Positions on Federal Issues

Since its inception, National PTA (NPTA) has advocated for improvements to federal education policy for the benefit of every child. NPTA will continue to work with Congress and the Administration on reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), currently known as No Child Left Behind (NCLB), improvements to special education through the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), and quality early childhood education programs such as Head Start, Early Head Start, and the Childcare and Development Block Grant. As always, Maryland PTA will join National PTA in advocating for increased federal investment in education, with the goal of ensuring that all students graduate from high school college- and career-ready.  Specific issues of focus will be the following.