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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

 


Join the PTA Takes Action Network Today

Sign-up for PTA Takes Action Network to stay informed on the latest happenings on Capitol Hill and to learn more about legislative issues affecting families, schools, and communities.

By joining the PTA Takes Action Network you will receive:

  • PTA’s monthly federal policy e-newsletter and;
  • Action alerts that provide you the opportunity to weigh in on key federal policy issues with your Members of Congress.

Sign-up today and join the millions of child advocates that support and speak up for children. CLICK HERE: http://www.pta.org/takesaction

 


Maryland PTA Members and Concern Citizens:

 Please read the below from National PTA and click on the “Letter” which will take you to the National PTA “Take Action” Website.  Once on the website, click “Advocacy Campaigns” Fund Statewide Family Engagement Centers and an email to your Senators and Congressional Members will populate.  It is essential to the success of ESSA to get this program funded!   

 

Good afternoon PTA Leaders!

 As you may know, this Fall President Barack Obama signed a Continuing Resolution (CR) into law that funds the government at its current level until Dec. 9. Funding the government through a CR does not account for the annual growth of our nation’s education system nor fund important programs that are included in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)—such as Statewide Family Engagement Centers (SFECs). Therefore, it is critical for Congress to come together to pass an omnibus appropriations bill that funds SFECs and invests in education programs in Fiscal Year 2017 (FY2017).

 Congress returns to work at the end of November, and at that time will decide on a path forward to fund the government after Dec. 9. We need your help reaching out to your members of Congress and urging them to pass an omnibus appropriations bill for FY2017 that funds SFECs and invests in education programs. You can show your support for greater federal investments in education and family engagement in less than two minutes by sending your member of Congress a letter through National PTA’s Takes Action Center. Even if you have already sent a Takes Action letter to fund SFECs before, we ask that you send a letter again to keep the pressure on. After you take action encourage PTA members across your state to do the same using our PTA Takes Action Center.

 

Please find below a sample article to include in your association’s newsletters along with some sample tweets. Legislators highly value hearing from their constituents, which is why it is essential that we use the power of our collective voice and take action this Fall.

 Thank you for your advocacy efforts and for your commitment to PTA!  If you have any questions, please contact Joshua Westfall, Manager of Government Affairs at jwestfall@pta.org or at 703-518-1249.

 

Sincerely,

National PTA Government Affairs team

Sample Newsletter Article

 Your Voice Matters for Investments in Education and Family Engagement

 This fall, President Barack Obama signed a Continuing Resolution (CR) into law that funds the government at its current level until Dec. 9. Funding the government through a CR does not account for the annual growth of our nation’s education system nor fund important programs that are included in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)—such as Statewide Family Engagement Centers (SFECs). Therefore, it is critical for Congress to come together to pass an omnibus appropriations bill that funds SFECs and invests in education programs in Fiscal Year 2017 (FY2017).

 We need your help reaching out to your members of Congress and urging them to pass an omnibus appropriations bill for FY2017 that funds SFECs and invests in education programs. You can show your support for greater federal investments in education and family engagement in less than two minutes by sending your Member of Congress a letter through PTA’s Takes Action Center. Legislators highly value hearing from their constituents, which is why it is essential that we use the power of our collective voice and Take Action this fall.

For ways to effectively advocate for investments in education and family engagement, view a webinar hosted by National PTA’s government affairs team. 

 Sample Tweets

[Insert state PTA Twitter handle] urges [Insert Twitter handle for your Member of Congress] to pass approps bill that invests in education and #FundSFECs

 Educ & family engagement make a difference for #EveryChild. Congress needs to invest in educ & #FundSFECs for FY2017 https://goo.gl/Cie0nG

 Your voice matters! Reach out to members of Congress to urge investments in education and #FundSFECs for FY2017  https://goo.gl/Cie0nG

 Your position on policy is important to your members of Congress. Urge them 2 invest in education & #FundSFECs https://goo.gl/Cie0nG

 Watch @NationalPTA webinar to learn ways to effectively advocate for investments in education and family engagement https://goo.gl/wE6zJ2

 

Marla Posey-Moss, Maryland PTA Vice President Legislation, VPLegislation@MDPTA.org

Eddie Gleason, Maryland PTA Federal Legislative Chair, FedLegislation@MDPTA.org

 

 

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.