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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

 

Hear Our VOICE: It's Time to STAND UP Taller!

Dear Members,

Over the past several months, NYSPTA members have fought the good fight to let our elected officials know how to prioritize our concerns for public education. In just the past three weeks, you have sent more than 6,200 messages to legislators through our website, as well as made innumerable phone calls to communicate our message.

It has made a difference, but there is still more to do. Click here to find out what you need to do so that they Hear Our VOICE!

Membership - A Reminder to All Units

Final Membership payments and returned cards are past due. Payments were due 3/31. If you have not mailed in your payment or returned your cards, please do so immediately. Thank you for your recruitment efforts this membership year! Please send all payments to:

New York State PTA

One Wembley Court

Albany, NY  12205-3830

Remember that TWO signatures are required on all PTA checks and that any members not paid for by the deadline will not count towards Membership Awards!

NYS PTA Legislation/Education Conference Was a Great Success!

Thank you to everyone who helped put on this great event and to all of the attendees!!!! This was a most informative conference – now it's time to do what we do best, ADVOCATE!

To view a video of events from the NYS PTA Leg/Ed Conference 2014, click on the arrow below or click here if viewing from and iPad or iPhone.

Looking for Information about the Common Core Learning Standards?

The Common Core Learning Standards (CCLS) video below has been provided by NYS PTA and is narrated by NYS PTA Education Coordinator, Dr. Bob Aloise.  Feel free to share this video with your region, unit and members.

NYSPTA NewCCLS Video from New York State PTA on Vimeo.

Membership - A Reminder to All Units

All final 2014 membership payments are due to the NYS PTA Office by March 31st.  To ensure that your payment is received in the office by the deadline, we are recommending that you mail the payment before March 25th!  Please send all payments to:

New York State PTA

One Wembley Court

Albany, NY  12205-3830

Remember that TWO signatures are required on all PTA checks and that any members not paid for by the deadline will not count towards Membership Awards!

VIRTUAL LOBBY DAY Is Here

Send our PTA messages to Albany:  School Funding to Support Needs, Build Ideals/Early Childhood Education.  Click here to Take Action!

Message to our Members: Hear Our Voice

We are offering a new campaign CORE to take with you to the upcoming SED forums: Value input from parents; Order a one-year delay; Implement first, test second; Create improved, flexible testing; Expand professional development. You will notice that these five key points spell out the word VOICE; this is intentional.

Our PTA VOICE must be heard and easy to remember. We stand for sensible measures that will help all children and families realize the promise of the Common Core standards. Click here for more information. (Click here to go directly to the Talking Points.)

117th Annual 2013 NYS PTA Convention Was a Great Success!

Thank you to everyone who helped put on this great event and to all of the attendees!!!! To view a video of events from the NYS PTA 117th Annual Convention 2013 click on the arrow below or click here if viewing from an iPad or iPhone.

Call to Action: Needs and Best Interests of Children of NYS

In order to keep the needs and the best interests of the children of New York state in the forefront, NYS PTA continues to work with the New York State Education Department (NYSED) and our educational partners to advance that message. Please click here to view our message and add your voice.

"The Voice of NYS PTA" - Town Hall meetings

"The Voice of NYS PTA" page/blog provides thoughts and commentary from the President of the NYS PTA, Lana Ajemian, on topics of interest to our membership. Please click here to read the latest message on the blog.

Upcoming Town Hall Meetings are Suspended

The New York State Education Commissioner’s office has requested suspending the remaining Town Hall meetings on the Common Core scheduled in the upcoming weeks. Please know that NYS PTA will continue to work with all education and child advocacy partners to keep our members updated and informed on education, health, safety and welfare issues affecting children and families.

"The Voice of NYS PTA" - "All Great Change Begins at the Dinner Table"…Ronald Reagan

"The Voice of NYS PTA" page/blog provides thoughts and commentary from the President of the NYS PTA, Lana Ajemian, on topics of interest to our membership. Please click here to read the latest message on the blog. This particular blog post addresses misinformation and the facts of where NYS PTA stands on current issues.

"The Voice of NYS PTA" - Finding Common Ground on Common Core (Includes Joint Statement from Educational Conference Board)

"The Voice of NYS PTA" page/blog provides thoughts and commentary from the President of the NYS PTA, Lana Ajemian, on topics of interest to our membership. Please click here to read the latest message on the blog.

Click here to go directly to the Finding Common Ground five-point plan that addresses concerns and supports successful, sustainable reform.

Looking for Guidance on the Common Core? NYS PTA and NYSUT Partner on a Brochure to Help Parents Understand 

Creating this Parents Guide to Common Core Learning was a true collaboration between representatives of parents/families and educators. Our mutual goal was to foster greater understanding of education reform through the common core initiative. Click here for the brochure. Click here to read more about this initiative.

NYS PTA Adopts New Position Paper  

On March 16, 2013 the NYS PTA Adopted the Position Paper for Use of Student Assessment & Its Impact on High-Stakes Educational Decisions. Please read this important document by clicking here and share it with your boards and members as you encourage them to utilize it as a tool for them to advocate for all children!

National PTA Commends Members of Congress for Proposed Ban on Military-Style Assault Weapons and High-Capacity Magazines Reaffirms gun violence prevention priorities

 ALEXANDRIA, VA. (January 24, 2013)-The following statement can be attributed to National PTA(r) President Betsy Landers: National PTA commends Members of Congress for taking swift legislative action on gun violence prevention and supports today's introduction of the Assaul

Resources for Advocacy on Gun Control and Mental Health Services

In the wake of the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School, National PTA would like to share an overview of its positions and resolutions related to school safety. Click here to download two FAQs that address National PTA’s stance on gun control and mental health services, as well as school safety advocacy in our communities. Full position statements and resolutions are available online for members at PTA.org. The FAQs also include information about projects and activities that PTA members can do to assist the Newtown community. Please continue to keep the Newtown community in your thoughts and prayers.

National PTA Position Statement on Teacher/Principal Evaluations

In response to a number of state PTAs seeking counsel and guidance from National PTA on the subject of the teacher/principal evaluation process, the National PTA Board of Directors adopted a new position statement, Development and Implementation of Teacher and Principal Evaluation Systems.

The intent of this action was to provide needed national leadership on a timely topic while allowing maximum flexibility for you to adapt to the state and local realities of education reform efforts.

To view the position statement, click here.

To view the FAQ, click here.

Parent Trigger Initiatives

National PTA has created an information sheet and a list of frequently asked questions regarding both the film Won’t Back Down and the parent trigger issue. To learn more, click here.

NYS PTA Urges Governor Cuomo to Veto Legislation/Thank You for Your Support.... 

NYS PTA urges Governor Cuomo to veto legislation (A10722-A/S7722-A) regarding special education placement based on cultural background and home life that would impose unprecedented costs on school districts. Thank you to PTA members/friends who took action to support Governor Cuomo's efforts to veto the Special Education Placement Bill which he successfully vetoed today!  [MORE]

 
 

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: http://www.pta.org/take_action.asp

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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