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2015 Legislative Interim
The Maryland State PTA Needs Legislative Advocates
The Vice President of Legislation for the Maryland PTA, Marla Posey-Moss, is searching for PTA members who are interested in leading advocacy at the State level and through legislative work.
We are beginning the initial stages of forming the MD PTA’s Legislative Committee and plan for the 2016 Legislative Session of the Maryland General Assembly. The Maryland General Assembly will convene for 90 days from January 13 through April 12. We are looking for at least two people from each jurisdiction that either has a PTA council or is a member of a local PTA to participate in the advocacy of the Legislative Committee.
Some of Maryland’s legislative priorities will include matters pertaining to standardized testing, charters schools and achievement and accountability standards. The core of the Committee’s work will be conducted via email correspondence and weekly conference calls. The only event where we ask for you to contribute in person is by attending the MD PTA Night usually scheduled in late February or early March. The primary responsibility of committee members are to:
No experience is necessary just the love of advocating for students, parents and teachers. Current VPs of Legislation of any council are encouraged to participate as well as those of any background who see themselves contributing to the mission and goals of the Maryland PTA.
Interested individuals should send a note of interest or even inquiry to firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible; by Friday, Sept. 25, 2015. Upon submission of interest please include the following:
1. A few statements regarding your interest and why you would like to serve in such an advocacy capacity
2. Your full name & phone number
3. Local jurisdiction (Baltimore City or a County)
4. School of which you are a PTA member&
5. Whether or not you are serving as a formal representative of a PTA Council & title
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.
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2014 Maryland PTA Testimony
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Maryland PTA Legislative Agenda 2015 (Click link to download a copy)
PTA® Legislative Agenda 2015
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This year Maryland PTA celebrates 100 years of advocating for all children. Since our inception, Maryland PTA has dedicated its efforts to bolster our founding principles, family engagement in education from birth through high school graduation; education for every child regardless of socioeconomic background; worked to address childhood health; work against unfair and punitive treatment of education in the justice system and worked to help all children achieve success through quality public education. With nearly 200,000 members, Maryland PTA will continue to protect the education, health, and overall well-being by advocating for educational opportunity and equity for all children.
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.
Title I, Section 1118 requires schools receiving Title I funds to develop and enact parent involvement programs, and requires school systems to monitor those programs.
Parental Involvement and Resource Centers (PIRCs) grants provide training, information and support for both urban and rural low income regions.
Federal education funding must be increased for School Facilities Construction/Modernization and to meet the needs of children being served through PIRCs, Title I, IDEA, Javits, and Teacher Quality Grants.
Truancy/Chronic Absenteeism problems must be addressed through programs such as Head Start, PBIS, school-parent compacts, evidence-based practices, and the elimination of zero-tolerance suspension policies.
Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Reauthorization needs to be modified to keep truants out of secure lockup facilities; to promote effective family-focused, school-based interventions for truancy; to require an annual report on the number of children jailed on status offenses and the length of imprisonment by state; to ensure that underage children are protected pre-trial; and to redefine "adult inmate" so that children convicted in adult court will be sent to juvenile facilities instead of adult prison, without risking federal funding.
Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization must require USDA to update nutritional requirements for school foods; increase reimbursement rates for school lunch programs; require policies for the provision of recess, physical education, and regulation of food marketing in schools to be included in local wellness policies; authorize the use of funding for nonfood purchases such as kitchen equipment; and develop incentives for purchase of local foods and produce when possible.
State Children’s Health Insurance Program reauthorization must increase SCHIP funding to provide coverage to additional eligible, uninsured children, and strengthen SCHIP by including additional types of coverage, measures to ensure efficacy of the program, and protections for equitable access.
State Focus: Parent/Family/Community Involvement
Initiatives must include accessible, equitable opportunities for meaningful involvement of parents/guardians, business and community stakeholders in development and review of public policies, educational standards, graduation requirements, and environmental and health standards.
Health, Wellness and Safety
Public policy must recognize the essential relationship between health and learning. Health is not just the absence of disease - it is the complete physical, mental and social well-being of children and youth in a safe, healthy and nurturing home, school, and community environment.
• Dropout prevention programs must be instituted to address the diverse needs of students at risk of leaving school without a diploma.
• Truancy programs must be evidence-based interventions which are non-punitive, support effective family counseling, and provide community-based solutions.
• Public education funding must support the funding needs of public schools to initiate or continue to offer high quality educational services to children from early childhood through highschool graduation.
• Public funds must ensure high quality educational services for all special populations (Physical, Intellectual, and Emotional Disabilities, Gifted and Talented, English Language Learners, and other special needs).
• A high quality education supports the whole child, including music, the arts, physical education, as well as the eight (8) federally mandated core subjects.
• State funding must be equitable to address the varied needs of our diverse state, such as GCEI.
• Public funds must not be used to support nonpublic schools or institutions through vouchers, scholarships, or tax credits.
• Public education funding must support the use of technology as a teaching tool as well as provide educational opportunities for students to utilize a broad range of technology to meet future career objectives.
School Construction and Modernization
• Public school construction and modernization funding must address the physical condition of school buildings and the capacity of the building to provide the appropriate space for physical education, technology education, and state-rated class sizes.
• Eliminate the use of portable structures.
• Review and modify state rated capacity formula and teaching stations.
• Opportunities for public input and oversight of construction projects must be available to parent and community stakeholders.
• Teacher education programs, both in-service and pre-service, must include elements of effective parent involvement and cultural proficiency.
• Full funding is needed to ensure that all students benefit from high quality teachers and programs designed to meet Maryland’s high student performance standards.
• Maryland PTA supports programs that prepare professional educators to teach a diverse student population (ethnicity, socio-economic status, English Language Learners (ELL), giftedness and inclusion of students with special needs) in regular classrooms.
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