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Review Texas PTA's and National PTA's Legislative Positions, Resolutions and Legislative Priorities.
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Advocacy is at the core of our PTA mission to make every child's potential a reality. By engaging and educating members on important issues at the local, state and national level, PTAs become an important voice in making decisions that impact Texas families.
PTA is the oldest and largest volunteer child advocacy association in the United States. Founded in 1897, PTA has a long, successful history of influencing federal policy to promote the education, health and well-being of all children. Advocacy has been an important part of PTA for over 100 years. From the beginning, PTA leaders have been focused on giving our children the highest advantages in physical, mental, social and spiritual education.
Some of our past priorities include:
The Abolition of the Public Drinking Cup
Child Labor laws
Creation of Kindergarten classes
School Lunch programs
Construction standards for school buildings
Jury service for women
Juvenile Justice System
Strengthened parent-teacher relationships
Funding of school-based health clinics
Limiting access of children to tobacco and alcohol products
Including school supplies to the annual tax-free holiday
Requirement of site-based decision making committees on all campuses
The restriction of children riding as cargo in the back of pickup trucks
Statewide safety standards for playgrounds
Graduated Driver’s Licenses for Teenagers
Reduction in the number of End-of-Course Exams required to graduate