2015 Legislative Interim
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.
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Maryland PTA Legislative Agenda 2015 (Click to download a copy)
Maryland PTA Legislative Agenda 2016 (Click to download a copy)
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.