May 19, 2017 
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  YOU Can Help Shape Education Policy!  

Attend a Public Meeting!

The NYS Education Department (SED) released the first draft of a plan under the new federal law Every Student Succeeds Act. See a summary HERE.

Public meetings are occuring around the state and YOUR participation is  important. See HERE for dates and locations.

Why should YOU attend one of these meetings? Because the new law directly affects your child in the classroom and you will have the opportunity to share your thoughts directly with SED.

Upcoming dates:
May 20 - Manhattan
May 24 - Syracuse
May 30 - Rochester
June 1 - Plattsburgh
June 5 - Yonkers

Read and Comment on the Revised Standards!

SED has also released revised English Language Arts and Math Standards. Please read the standards related to your child's grade level HERE.

You can submit YOUR comments on these standards HERE by June 2.

Check out Advocacy News for more details!

  National PTA Action Alert About Support for Public Schools!  

National PTA lauched an Action Alert ahead of President Trump's proposed budget release scheduled for next week, which will likely include MASSIVE CUTS to education funding.

What You Can Do:

Take Action HERE!

Email your Congress member and ask him/her to keep public dollars with the 90% of public school children, follow #EdFunding for updates and add this hashtag to social media posts.

We hope you will join us and make your voice heard!

  Advocacy Newsbriefs Now Available  

Find out more about:

Revised Learning Standards for Schools + How to give your feedback to NYSED

National PTA Legislation Update

Current and Upcoming Awareness Events

Click HERE to read more!

  Tomorrow! One-Day Conference on Student Mental Health Crisis - in Albany  

TOMORROW! Saturday, May 20, 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Holiday Inn Express, Latham

Cost: $35

Click HERE for more info and to register.

  Be in the Know! Follow NYS PTA on Social Media  

Do you want to keep up-to-date with parent resources, how-tos, advocacy alerts, upcoming events and other tips?  Then follow NYS PTA on social media! Here are some highlights from the past week:

Today is your school budget vote and school board elections! Don't forget to vote!

#TechTipTuesday: Are you running #Windows on your PC? Update Windows and keep it updated to help prevent cyber attacks like WannaCry

Ever wondered what it's like to have learning or attention issues? Check this simulation tool from Understood

Guide to internet safety for kids 8-10 - how to keep your kids safe online via @PARENTandCHILD 

#identitytheft can happen to anyone. Protect your kids' info with these @FTC tips 

Find us on:


  New Member Benefit!  

New Member Benefit from Citizens Bank - Save $500

Citizens Bank has partnered with NYS PTA to bring you all the advantages of the Home Mortgage Employee Benefit Program.

Whether you're looking to buy your first home, looking for a new home, trading up or refinancing, our mortgage experts will guide you through the process and provide personal attention and expert guidance every step of the way.

• Discounted closing cost. You'll receive a $500 credit at closing on a Citizens Bank purchase or refinance mortgage loan.

• Free and fast pre-qualification + financing that fits your budget.

Relationship pricing. Enjoy a 0.125 percentage point discount off your mortgage rate when your monthly mortgage payments are automatically deducted from your Citizens Bank checking account.

Click HERE to learn more!

  Summer Leadership Conference Registration is Now Open!  

Join us for a fun-filled, informative and energizing weekend at scenic Utica College!

Embrace our 1950's theme of the conference: PTA...It's the Time, It's the Place! Grab your Pink Ladies, T-Birds, poodle skirts and t-shirts and get ready to rock and roll PTA style!

Click HERE to register!

A quick overview of what you have to look forward to at SLC:

• PTA members from around the state have the opportunity to network with state PTA leaders and one another

• Participate in active workshops (some CTLE certified) on a variety of topics including Membership, Technology, Leadership, Advocacy, Diversity and Nuts & Bolts

• Visit with exciting new vendors in the Exhibit Hall

• A Donation Drive of shoes/sneakers initiated by our state Youth Member

• Meet the 'Cool Cats' ... your NYS PTA Board of Directors, in addition to our National PTA Service Rep

  Parent Resources  

This awesome periodic table tells you how to actually use all those elements via ScienceAlert

Do you need ideas for Family #GameNight? via iMOM

5 things your kids must know before becoming adults via All Pro Dad

  Letter from the NYS Education Commissioner Elia  

Dear Parents,

Last week, we presented our draft Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Plan to the Board of Regents. The draft plan emphasizes fostering equity in education for New York's students; expands measures for school support and accountability, and student success; and requires school-level improvement plans for the lowest performing schools overall as well as schools with the lowest performance for certain student populations.

Click HERE to read more.

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