Achievements of the New York PTA since
- 1897 National Congress of PTAs organized Feb. 17; New York organizes
FIRST state congress.
- 1898 First convention held; sex education before puberty stressed;
inclusion of physical education in the public school curriculum
encouraged. (see 1904, 1975)
- 1899 Petition to Congress for national health bureau (14 years
before creation of U.S. Public Health Service); evaluation of juvenile
court and probation system. (see 1905, 1931, 1964, 1968)
- 1900 Initiated legislation for protection of employed children. (see
- 1903 Recognition of needs of handicapped children. (see 1986)
- 1904 Child labor laws sought; booklet published on sex education.
- 1905 Juvenile court and probation system endorsed by President T.
Roosevelt in message to Congress.
- 1909 Established committee to investigate child employment
- 1910 Urged supervision of motion pictures and vaudeville. (see 1965,
- 1911 Recommended that kindergarten be part of the public school
- 1912 PTAs sponsored hot lunch projects in many schools (see 1941,
- 1915 Advocated that schools provide education for motherhood and
- 1916 Urged the installation of automatic sprinklers in school
buildings in addition to existing fire escapes.
- 1926 Urged action to eliminate smoking by minors. (see 1964, 1966)
- 1928 Bureau of Parent Education established.
- 1931 Submitted to Commissioner of Education resolutions dealing with
needs of exceptional children and need for separate juvenile courts and
- 1932 Nutrition project urged printed information on food values.
- 1941 Inauguration of PTA's nationwide school lunch program.
- 1946 Legislation enacted for permanent federal school lunch program.
- 1959 Worked with U.S. Post Office to combat distribution of
- 1964 Educating youth on hazards of smoking became an ongoing
project; held pilot conference on judicial concern for children in
trouble. (see 1968)
- 1965 Financial support of public schools, control of stimulant and
depressant drugs, and moral responsibility of the mass media, all
resolutions passed at convention.
- 1966 Smoking and health project supported by Public Health Service.
- 1968 Legislation enacted for juvenile delinquency prevention and
- 1969 Child Protection and Toy Safety Act passed.
- 1972 PTA amended Basic Policy to read: PTAs "...shall seek to
participate in the decision-making process establishing school
policy..." (see 1992)
- 1973 Major effort to combat violence on TV begins. 1975
Comprehensive School Health Education Act, a PTA-sponsored bill,
introduced in Congress.
- 1978 PTA starts major education campaign to eliminate corporal
punishment as a means of discipline in the schools. (see 1985)
- 1980 Legislation prohibiting hazing passed.
- 1983 Campaign against toxic art supplies in schools begins in New
- 1984 Published first report on state aid to non-public schools and
testified for public money for public schools. (see 1989)
- 1985 Regents banned corporal punishment; New York achieved passage
of legislation requiring school bus drivers to be screened for criminal
history; State Legislature raised alcohol purchase age to 21.
- 1986 Students completing Individual Education Plans granted right to
- 1987 Assumed administration of Parents As Reading Partners (PARP)
- 1989 Opposition to tuition tax credits for non-public education and
education tuition vouchers reaffirmed; opposition to non-public school
- 1990 Child labor laws strengthened in New York.
- 1991 Sponsored successful grassroots Education Cuts Don't Heal
coalition; urged state financing of public education be increased and
distributed equitably; discouraged use of standardized tests below grade
- 1992 Parent involvement established as a PTA priority; Regents amend
regulation 100.11 of Education Law to have parent representatives on
school-based planning teams be selected by parent association(s);
inclusion of school bus driver safety program in Education Law
encouraged; State PTA membership reached 353,800, third largest in the
- 1994 Legislation enacted to require children under the age of 14 to
wear helmets when riding bicycles.
- 1995 Development and distribution of "Each One Reach One: Strategies
for Involving a Diverse Community" program kit for multicultural and
- 1996 Youth member position reinstated on State Board of Directors;
100th Convention and celebration; First Golden Circle of Leadership
Awards given; State PTA membership reached over 370,000 members.
- 1997 Purchased the building at One Wembley Square (now Court) and
moved in May 17th.
- 1998 Formed the Urban Initiatives Task Force.
- 1999 Bylaws amended to allow executive director.
- 1999/2002 First collaborative booklet on Special Education done with
- 2000 "Focus on Fathers" membership award established.
- 2002 Districts renamed as "regions" and composition adjusted after
lengthy study of Structure Committee; Phase Two of Growth Through
Leadership Award initiated.
- 2003 ECB (Educational Conference Board) Rally for Education in
Albany in March draws over 40,000.
- 2005 Bylaws amended to remove executive director.
- 2006 NYS PTA is awarded the "Go Green" State Award; first Virtual
Lobby Day held. Successful advocacy of Board of Regents "Policy for
Improving Student Achievement and School Performance through Parent and
Family Partnerships"; National PTA Phoebe Apperson Hearst winner from
- 2007 Adopted the Regents Parent and Family Engagement Policy and
Implementation Plan; First new unit in the Re-Vitalization of PTA in
NYC; Introduced Advocacy Newsletter and Legislative Briefs...; Approved
the Position Paper on Whole Child.
- 2008 First Minority Leaders Strand at Summer Leadership Conference;
NYS PTA / PIRC Parent Involvement Summit; Launched New Website;
Co-Sponsored the Go Green Environmental Education Conference; Developed
the White Paper on Tax Caps.