Milestones of New Mexico PTA
Click on the decade to see milestones of the New Mexico PTA.
Milestones of 2010’s
- Built partnerships with rural communities and the education community.
- Mercedes Sandoval, State President in 2009, serves on the National PTA Board of Directors.
- Awarded the President’s Membership Award from the National PTA President Otha Thornton.
- In 2015, “Celebrating 100 Years of Family Engagement and Advocacy”.
- Leslie Boggs, State President in 2003, serves on the National PTA Board of Directors.
- Awarded National PTA grant to disseminate information on how to interpret PARCC test scores to families across the state.
Milestones of 2000’s
- Developed Embracing Fatherhood Program – first Male Engagement PTA program in the country.
- Renata Witte, State President in 2000, serves on the National PTA Board of Directors.
- Published “Is Your Child Coming to School Ready to Learn” for statewide distribution through the New Mexico Public Education Department as a result of a $250,000 grant to promote Healthy Lifestyles.
- NMPTA President, Leslie Boggs, serves as co-chair of the New Mexico Secretary of Education Search Committee.
- Partnered with the Immunization Coalition to promote free immunizations for children entering school.
- Selected as a pilot state for the National PTA Urban Family Engagement Initiative.
- Partnered with Albuquerque Public School to present statewide annual Title I Family Engagement Conferences.
Milestones of 1990’s
- Worked to pass legislation implementing a graduated driver’s license program
- Participated on Goals 2000 Panel and allocated money to school districts
- Advocated for arts in education
- Lobbied against vouchers and was able to defeat in committee
Milestones of 1980’s
- Resolutions passed in support of a Public Awareness Week
- Supported Adopt-A-School concept
- Resolutions on background checks for school and day care personnel, supporting the Volunteer Protection Act, and legislative funding for education
- Resolution on testing and removal of lead in school water and testing for radon gas levels
- National PTA Convention held in Albuquerque
- Resolutions on safety for school age childcare and requesting help on personal liability for volunteers
Milestones of 1970’s
- Resolution encouraging enforcement of air pollution standards
- Resolution supporting a funding program for equal education opportunities
- Supported National TV violence project
- Advocated for school zone signs in areas of elementary and secondary schools
- Cecil Poppe, State President in 1967, serves as National Treasurer
Milestones of 1960’s
- Resolution supporting legislation to arrive at a permanent solution to the financial problems of schools
- Resolutions urging traffic safety enforcement in school zones and requesting funds for guidance and counseling in schools
- Resolution encouraging the establishment of kindergartens in New Mexico public schools
- National PTA Convention held in Albuquerque
- Elizabeth Hendryson (1952 State President) of Albuquerque serves as National PTA President
Milestones of 1950’s
- Sponsored dental clinics
- Resolution reaffirming belief in the ideals of the United Nations. Safety Program of traffic lights or speed control regulations around schools put into effect
- Resolution urging public school authorities to integrate Indian children into New Mexico schools and urging eating establishments, hotels, motels and theaters in implementing principles of desegregation
- Intensive campaign to inform public on legislation that would allow for an elected State Board of Education that passed in 1958 after many years of hard work by NMPTA
- Bernalillo County Council receives national acclaim on their Clothing Bank project
Milestones of 1940’s
- Asked cooperation with the State Dept. of Public Health in registering all births and issuing birth certificates
- Many hot lunch projects sponsored by local units
- Resolution urging annual health examinations for students in public schools
- Resolution urging legislation to provide additional teachers for handicapped children
- Sponsored enabling legislation for the school lunch program which passed both state houses
- Resolution supporting adequate teachers’ salaries
Milestones of 1930’s
- Goals were to have an informed membership, have an informed leadership, encourage interested educators and increase student loan fund
- State divided into 7 districts
- Convention resolution denounced reduction in school budgets and urged US Congress to make an emergency appropriation of funds for schools to supplement monies available.
- Governor Hockenhull proclaimed the first PTA Week in the state’s history
- Resolution endorsing enactment of Federal Food and Drug Bill
- Worked successfully to pass legislation requiring a driver’s license and legislation for a sales tax to support the schools
- Resolution recommending adequate monies for inoculations against diphtheria and other health needs
- New Mexico Congress served as co-host at the 42nd National Convention in Salt Lake City
- Recommended materials be published in Spanish as well as English
Milestones of 1920’s
- Furnished warm lunches for school children, weighing children and assisting with physical examinations, visiting homes and adding to libraries
- National President presented first leadership training workshop at state convention. First County Council organized in Dona Ana County. Roswell had the only City Council in the State
- Published first state bulletin. Established state office in Chavez County courthouse
- State convention in Raton with theme “In Essentials, Unity; In Nonessentials, Liberty; In All Things, Charity”
May 7, 1915
Milestones May 7, 1915
- New Mexico Congress of Parents and Teachers organizational meeting. Firm foundation established. Dues established as 10 cents to New Mexico PTA and 10 cents to National PTA.
- Need for more enlightened treatment of the problems of child delinquency and of raising children to make better citizens is established as the Mission.