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New York State PTA

One Wembley Court
Albany, NY 12205
Phone: 518.452.8808
Toll Free: 1.877.569.7782
Fax: 518.452.8105

Email: pta.office@nyspta.org

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From its inception as the first state branch of the National PTA formed in 1897, New York State PTA's long-held commitment to advocacy has been the fire within.


ADVOCACY NEWS HEADLINES

Convention Registration Opening Soon!

Coming SoonJoin us for the 119th NYS PTA Annual Meeting and Convention in Niagara Falls, NY, November 13-15, 2015. Convention is an exciting event where PTA representatives from all over the state join together to focus on improving the education, health and well being of children.

Please watch for the Convention online registration to go live September 4!

New Post to The Voice of NYS PTA – Assessments are Much More Than a Test

President's Logo“The Voice of NYS PTA” page/blog provides thoughts and commentary from the President of the NYS PTA, Bonnie Russell, on topics of interest to our membership. Please click here to read the latest message.

New Post to The Voice of NYS PTA – New Online Membership System

President's Logo“The Voice of NYS PTA” page/blog provides thoughts and commentary from the President of the NYS PTA, Bonnie Russell, on topics of interest to our membership. Please click here to read the latest message.

Congratulations on Passage of Senate Amendment Re: Family Engagement!

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YOU DID IT!


Senate amendment 2159 to the Every Child Achieves Act (Senate version of reauthorization of ESEA/NCLB) passed by voice vote this Tuesday afternoon!

SA 2159 essentially reauthorizes the Parental Information and Resource Center (PIRC) program as the Statewide Family Engagement Centers (SFEC) to strengthen family engagement in education through assistance to states, school districts, teachers and families. The intent is to provide states and school districts with the capacity to support effective implementation and enhancement of systemic and effective family engagement policies, programs and activities that lead to improvements in student development and academic achievement.

The amendment language actually mirrors language in HR 5, the Student Success Act, which was recently passed by the US House of Representatives. These centers will help to ensure that Title I LEA’s will more effectively use their one percent side for family engagement. School districts and schools will also have a hub of research-based family engagement strategies to support student achievement.

Many thanks to:

Bill sponsors Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO) and Senator Jack Reed (D-RI)
National PTA’s Advocacy Team and Staff
…and most especially, many thanks to all NYS PTA advocates!

TAKE ACTION: Issues Critical to Education

PTA Takes Action Logo Please share this message below with your legislators, TODAY!

Dear Legislator,

As questions related to rent control dominate end of session debate, please do not lose sight of issues critical to education.

  1. Assure that all school districts receive budgeted state aid. Your work in achieving a substantial aid increase is of no value if it is later denied.
  2. Adopt a one year delay in APPR implementation. Failure to delay will further disrupt each child’s educational experience.

The Governor and legislature expect schools and the Board of Regents to meet scheduled deadlines, honor commitments and only act following public input and meaningful discourse. This year’s legislature needs to live up to those same standards by acting likewise.

To send this message to your legislators, click on the TAKE ACTION link below:

TAKE ACTION: Issues Critical to Education

TAKE ACTION: Time Out on Educator Evaluation Provisions

PTA Takes Action Logo Please urge your Senator for a Time Out on Educator Evaluation Provisions by sharing this message below with your legislators, TODAY!

Dear Senator,

As you enter the final days of the legislative session, we at New York State PTA repeat our urgent call for a “Time Out” on the educator evaluation provisions of the 2015-16 state budget. The Assembly has already passed A7303a which we strongly support. We urge you to also pass companion legislation that will minimally:

  • postpone implementation of new evaluation (APPR) requirements for one year (2016)
  • assure that full 2015-16 state aid would be delivered to all schools
  • assure the building principal’s role as instructional leader of his or her school by making an outside observer as an optional part of the evaluation process

To send this message to your legislators, click on the TAKE ACTION link below:

TAKE ACTION: Urge your Senator for a Time Out

AQE, NYS PTA and Assembly Members Call for Regents to Give as Much Attention to Rules for Struggling Schools as to Teacher Evaluations

ALBANY (June 1, 2015) — The Alliance for Quality Education and the New York State Parent Teacher Association along with members of the NYS Assembly called on the NYS Board of Regents to pay as much attention to the regulations they must enact regarding struggling schools as they have to teacher and principal evaluations.

Click here to read the full press release.

Keeping the Focus on "Struggling" Schools

Earlier this year, the Cuomo administration released a list of 178 quote “failing” schools. And as the legislative session winds down, education advocates are calling on state lawmakers to put just as much focus on these schools as they are on teacher evaluations. Rick Longhurst, Executive Administrator of the New York State Parent Teacher Association, and Billy Easton, Executive Director of the Alliance for Quality Education, explained their suggestions.

Click here to watch the video.

NYS PTA Welcomes the Education Commissioner

NYS PTA welcomes the Education Commissioner, Mary Ellen Elia.  We look forward to working with her to ensure that our children’s future is at the center of every education decision and that parents and families are engaged as full partners with a critical voice in arriving at those decisions. Together we seek to assure that all students in New York State receive a fair and equitable education that enables them to reach their full potential.

NYS PTA Coordinates and Participates in the NYSED Learning Summit

Click here for a link to a video of the parent portion of the New York State Education Department (NYSED) Learning Summit on Annual Professional Performance Review (APPR) held on Thursday, May 8. Thank you to NYSED for inviting parents to participate and to all of the panelists and the groups they represent for participating with their honest and candid viewpoints. Every Voice matters!

NYS PTA's Testimony before the New York State Education Department - Learning Summit on APPR - May 7, 2015


TAKE ACTION: Next Steps for Assessments!

Leg/Ed LogoPlease share this message with your legislators, TODAY! Next Steps for Assessments! Student testing deemed questionable by parents and educators combined with a state budget that links aid increases to even greater use of test scores has resulted in a storm of protest.

An effective response will require both time and collaboration with state policy makers to craft solutions that will calm the rhetoric and improve student and teacher assessment to move education forward. To those ends we request immediate legislation so please click here to send this message to your legislators TODAY!

New Post to The Voice of NYS PTA – We All Want to do What is Right for Our Children

President's Logo“The Voice of NYS PTA” page/blog provides thoughts and commentary from the President of the NYS PTA, Bonnie Russell, on topics of interest to our membership. Please click here to read the latest message.

New Post to The Voice of NYS PTA – Assessments

President's Logo“The Voice of NYS PTA” page/blog provides thoughts and commentary from the President of the NYS PTA, Bonnie Russell, on topics of interest to our membership. Please click here to read the latest message.

New Post to The Voice of NYS PTA – A Sad Day for Education in New York

President's Logo“The Voice of NYS PTA” page/blog provides thoughts and commentary from the President of the NYS PTA, Bonnie Russell, on topics of interest to our membership. Please click here to read the latest message.

TAKE ACTION: ENOUGH!

Leg/Ed LogoPlease share this message with your legislators, TODAY! ENOUGH! A day or a year lost in a child’s life can never be reclaimed. REJECT Governor Cuomo’s demand that would link school aid increases to destructive teacher evaluation reforms! Please click here to send this message to your legislators TODAY!

Mobile App Home PageDid You Know, We Have an App for That?

NYS PTA now has a Mobile Phone App that we launched just before Convention! If you haven't downloaded it yet, please go to your itunes or google play store and search for "NYS PTA". You gain access to news, our resource guide, advocacy news, directory information, the PTA online Store, Capwiz, Bylaws EZ, events and much more.

If you are on the PTA website from your mobile phone or tablet, you can click on the logos from the home page located in the lower left column.

 

From its inception as the first state branch of the National PTA formed in 1897, New York State PTA’s long-held commitment to advocacy has been the fire within. Ignited by the efforts of a very small group of mothers gathered in Chautauqua, N.Y., today’s more than 346,000 members continue to raise their voices to speak up for children. Together we work for a common purpose: to secure adequate laws, regulations and policies for the care and protection of children and youth. To achieve this objective PTA advocates bring critical issues that affect the education, health and welfare of children and youth before the public, policy makers and elected officials. Connecting our more than 1500 grass-root units and councils, 16 regions, the state Board of Directors and National PTA is the shared belief that:

“Advocacy is at the heart of PTA's mission and vision. Taking action provides both parents and PTA leaders with the resources to become more involved with their community at home and their community across the nation.”

Excerpted from National PTA website

It is our hope that PTA members and advocacy partners will use this site to learn about New York State PTA's current basic policy, positions, directives, issues and advocacy efforts and link these to their own advocacy efforts at the grassroots level. To receive important action alerts and messages, sign up for Capwiz, our electronic advocacy system.

While we speak for every child with one voice, the more voices the louder the chorus! Join us to keep the advocacy flame burning and sustain the legacy of that first small group of women in upstate NY. In doing so, we will realize our vision: to make New York State PTA the premier association for advocacy and parent involvement association for all children!

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