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March 12 – 14, 2013
National PTA Legislative Conference
From universal kindergarten to a juvenile justice system—National PTA® advocates have been at the heart of our nation’s greatest advances for youth. Today, we speak up for family engagement language in education; safe, healthy, and technologically advanced schools; and equal opportunity for all children, regardless of their socioeconomic background.
Stop Sequestration Toolkit
Since March of 2012 you've been hearing about an across-the-board federal budget cut totaling $1.2 trillion expected to occur in January of 2013 known as “sequestration.” Unless Congress acts to replace the sequester with a balanced approach to deficit reduction, this automatic cut will sharply reduce – or eliminate in some cases – programs vital to national security, economic mobility, and social infrastructure. Sequestration will impact virtually every area of American life – from education and job training programs to public safety and law enforcement.
Particular to public education, realization of sequestration – or a loss of nearly $5 billion education dollars – will mean larger classroom sizes and fewer teachers, loss of after-school and enrichment programming, reductions in services for special education students, loss of quality early childhood education options for low-income children, less financial assistance for post-secondary education, and more... Cuts will hit high need school districts the hardest, as shown by recent state analysis of district-level impact.
That is, unless PTA takes action!!
National PTA encourages state, district, and local PTA units to utilize the customizable tools available on this page to demand that Congress take action to stop sequestration from decimating public education and placing our nation’s long-term economic health at risk.
Advocacy Campaign Tools
2012 National PTA Federal Public Policy Agenda
Each year National PTA publishes a public policy agenda that outlines policy priorities and recommendations for Congress. The priorities are selected based on the following criteria: timeliness of issue (is it being considered before Congress and the Administration), opportunities for National PTA to provide leadership and expertise to Congress, alignment to National PTA’s mission and resolutions, and ability to achieve a meaningful policy change that will produce positive results for children and their families.
The 2012 Public Policy Agenda features three key policy areas:
• Child health and nutrition
• Juvenile justice and delinquency prevention
Download the 2012 Public Policy Agenda as a PDF.
Download the Executive Summary as a PDF.
Download the Executive Summary - Spanish version.