The NYS PTA Issues Briefs on the four campaigns below are available for review and continued advocacy here. You can still Take Action with our four campaigns here!
Funding Our Schools: Restoring GEA for some districts AND increasing Foundation Aid for others is essential. Fixing the Tax Cap formula will help districts with a Negative Tax Levy Limit to avoid seeking an override vote (60%+1) for essentially less than a Contingency budget (0% increase). If the NY Standards revision is to succeed, NYSED needs funding and staffing support to accomplish this task. Read more here.
Early Childhood Education: Full day Kindergarten is not mandated in our state. NYS PTA believes early childhood education should not be funded by five different sources and is best overseen by NYSED as part of an Early Childhood spectrum from early years to grade two.
Family and Community Engagement Fund: NYS PTA supports the NYS Board of Regents request in their 2016 budget proposal to provide funding to improve the outreach and support of parent and family engagement. Access the background information here and share your voice here!
Heroin and Prescription Opiates/Opioids: Heroin and prescription opiates are devastating families and communities across New York. The family tragedies are overwhelming. Young people age 25 and under are particularly impacted. Even with advances in health insurance parity laws requiring substance abuse services to be covered in similar ways to other diseases, those suffering from addiction, along with their families, have an extremely difficult time accessing treatment services in a timely manner.
Although regulations for the use of opiate overdose reversal medication (Naloxone/Narcan) have been changed to allow greater access to this lifesaving tool, there are still institutional barriers to full implementation of this policy. Assembly Bill 355A is still in committee. Contact your assembly members here to sign on and take action to require physicians to have continuing medical education on addiction.
To learn more about additional advocacy efforts, click here.
Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and Family and Community Engagement: Now that the ESSA, the new federal education law, has been approved, the US Department of Education has begun the process of establishing rules and guidance for implementing the law. There will be multiple opportunities to review the policy and guidance proposals, so please participate.
Tell Congress to invest in Family Engagement is the latest PTA Take Action Alert. The ESSA contains provisions to re-establish statewide family and community engagement centers that provide technical assistance and partnership development for schools and states. Here is the call to provide the dedicated funding from DC to states; please add your voice!