March 24, 2017 
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  NYS PTA Reiterates Support for Parents' Education Decisions as State Tests Begin Next Week  

As state testing starts next week, NYS PTA would like to remind our members that we strongly support a parent's right to make informed educational decisions for their children.

"NYS PTA strongly supports a parent's right to make informed educational decisions for their children," noted Gracemarie Rozea, NYS PTA President. "We fully support the right of every parent to decide what is best for their child, which includes decisions around their child's participation in state assessment."

Click HERE to read more from our latest press release.

  Advocacy Newsbriefs is Here!  

Find out more about:

NYS PTA Advocacy Campaigns plus Advocacy in DC and Albany

Region Advocacy and Events

Education, Special Education and Wellness

Click here to read more!

  Tech Tip - Spring Cleaning  

Though Mother Nature may not realize it, Spring is officially here. Along with warmer, sunnier days (eventually) is the Spring Cleaning Feeling. A sudden urge to throw open the windows and scrub parts of your house that haven't seen daylight in months!

Don't forget it is a great time to spring clean your technology, too. Popsugar has put together 31 terrific tips for tech cleaning. One for every day of the month. Click here to check out tips from cleaning the outside of your phone, to organizing photos on your laptop, to deleting unused apps.

  Former NYS PTA Vice President Joins Board of Regents + Letter from Commissioner Elia  

The NYS Legislature recently named retired Ithaca teacher Susan Mittler to the soon to be vacant Board of Regents seat formerly held by Regent James Tallon.

A retired teacher, Ms. Mittler is also a former member of the NYS PTA Board of Managers, serving as a Vice President, as well as a Substance Abuse Chair and Environment Chair. Read more here.

Letter to NYS PTA Members from NYS Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia

Dear Parents,

I would like to provide you with information about several recent noteworthy items, including President Trump's proposed spending plan; 21st Century Community Learning Center grants; and My Brother's Keeper grants for the Family and Community Engagement Program.

Click HERE to read more.

  Award Deadline Extended  

The Jan Harp Domene Diversity and Inclusion Award Application Deadline has been extended to Friday, March 31, 2017. Find out more here.

  Parent Resources  

7 Teachable Moments On the Sports Field from AlProDad

It's not enough simply to have books in schools and classrooms, they must meet the individual needs of all students from Scholastic

Did you know that positive student-teacher relationships promote lower levels of student aggression? from

  New Member Benefit - Google Express  

Google Express is a shopping service that connects shoppers with popular retailers for fast, convenient delivery of groceries, household items, school supplies and more. Google Express strives to help families, PTA members and their communities save time by delivering everyday essentials right to their door from stores including Costco, Whole Foods Market and Walgreens.

From now until May 31, 2017, PTA members can get 25% off their first Google Express order, up to $30 off, with code PTAPOWER. Visit to start shopping. Read more here.

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