A legislative position is a statement outlining the opinion, will or intent of the association to address statewide problems, situations or concerns that affect children and youth. A position statement usually requires initial action to seek resolution on the issue, but the position is sometimes maintained, even when action has been taken, to substantiate the continuing will of the association.

I. Education
A.13. Dyslexia. PTA supports allowing modifications and/or accommodations on the TAAS Test for students with dyslexia and/or related disorders as set forth by the individual student’s ARD or“504” committee. Such students may be exempt from the TAAS Test until such time that a TAAS Test for dyslexic and related disorders students is developed and field tested.

B.13. Programs for At-Risk Students. PTA supports extended programs for children at risk.

C.16. Mandatory Recess in Our Elementary Schools. PTA supports mandatory recess in elementary schools.

D.16. Dropouts. PTA supports identification and tracking of dropouts at all grade levels.

E.16. Reduced Class Sizes. PTA supports legislation which addresses class size in core subjects for grades 5 through 12 and supports state funding for the costs associated with legislative limitation on class size.

F.10. Non-Public School Guidelines. PTA supports requiring non-public schools to meet guidelines that would ensure a quality education for all children.

G.16. School Siting. Texas PTA supports legislation that will protect schools from being sited in areas impacted by hazardous and toxic chemicals.

H.14. School Nurses. PTA supports requiring a full-time registered nurse for every school or cooperative of schools with 1,000 or more students.

I.14. School Counselors. PTA supports requiring a full-time counselor for every school or cooperative of schools with 500 or more students.

J.14. Site Based Decision Making Reps. Texas PTA supports requiring parent representatives on the campus and district-wide site based decision making committees be selected by parents.

K.14.High School Degree Plan Options. Texas PTA supports high school diploma degree plan choices that recognize individual students’ natural talents, interests and abilities and prepares all students for a variety of careers and continuing education.
L.14. GPA calculations for advanced level academic courses. Texas PTA supports extra weight in Grade Point Average (GPA) calculations for advanced level academic courses. 
Proposing New Resolutions or Legislative Positions

Local PTAs, Council PTAs, or the Texas PTA Board of Directors may submit resolutions or legislative positions. The Texas PTA Board of Directors considers all submissions, biannually, upon the recommendation of the Advocacy Committee. Submissions must be received at the Texas PTA State Office no later than November 15th in odd-numbered years. For more information, click HERE.