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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


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Federal Legislation Update

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Recently, Washington has taken action on several PTA priorities, including continued federal funding of education, high-speed Internet access in schools, and reauthorization of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act.

FY2015 Appropriations: On Thursday, December 11th the House passed a bill to fund the government through the end of the fiscal year (September 30, 2015). This bill, referred to as “CRomnibus”, combines both Continuing Resolution (for the Department of Homeland Security) and Omnibus (everything else including education funding), passed narrowly in the House with a vote of 219-206.

To read more, click here.

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.

Commissioner King Moves On

We wish Commissioner King well in his new job at the U.S. Department of Education. What we look for in a new commissioner is a communicator who understands the many challenges associated with demands for change, can build successful partnerships to address those challenges and can advocate for all students, parents and educators to assure that reform leads to successful results.

New Post to The Voice of NYS PTA – Message from the New President

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! FY2015 Appropriations Action Alert

US CapitolDear PTA Member,

The federal appropriations process for 2015 is in full swing. Currently the government is funded through December 11th, at which time Congress must pass new legislation to avoid a government shutdown.

National PTA sent this letter to all members of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees asking for a bill that provides funding through the remainder of the fiscal year, targeted increases to education programs, and asks Congress to protect standards for healthy school lunches.

Let's make sure that all members of Congress hear from NYS PTA on this issue before the 11th!

Click here to Take Action, or view the campaign here.

Thank you for your advocacy!

‘Multiple Pathways’ for High School Graduation

DiplomaAt a recent meeting, the Board of Regents approved ‘Multiple Pathways’ for high school graduation. Part of the meeting included what can be done to assist English Language Learners achieve their diploma. In the course of the discussion, we need to make sure that students with disabilities are guaranteed a diploma that is not only a reflection of their hard work, but will offer them the same opportunities. Click here to read more.

Click here for ECB Position Paper entitled “New York students deserve a Career and Technical Education (CTE) pathway to high school graduation”.

A Reminder To All Units:

Your first 2014 - 2015 membership payments are due to the NYS PTA Office by October 31. To ensure that your payment is received in the office by the deadline, we are recommending that you mail the payment before October 24!

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 all payments should be accompanied by a dues form! You can download dues forms here.

Convention 2014 – Nuts and Bolts Video

Convention 2014 Nuts and Bolts Video from Gracemarie Rozea on Vimeo.

Convention 2014 – At A Glance Video

Convention 2014 At A Glance Video from Gracemarie Rozea on Vimeo.

New York State 2015 Teacher of the Year

2015 Teacher of the Year from EngageNY on Vimeo.

The New York State Board of Regents announced on Tuesday, September 16, that Charles Giglio has been named the 2015 New York State Teacher of the Year.

Giglio, a Latin teacher at the Gloversville Enlarged School District in Gloversville, NY, was presented with a certificate of recognition by Regents Chancellor Merryl H. Tisch and Education Commissioner John B. King, Jr.

Giglio was also presented with the Thomas Sobol Award and the David Johnson Award, both created as annual gifts for recipients of the Teacher of the Year award.

For more about the Teacher of the Year, click here.

Visit the NYS Education website for the Teacher of the Year application here.

Unaccompanied Minor Children: Where Do We Go? What Can We Do?

Unaccompanied children at US border

The surge in numbers of unaccompanied minor children (predominantly from Central America) crossing southwestern U.S. borders has drawn much national attention. Compelled by poverty, socio-economic inequities, and high incidence of violence from gangs and drug cartels, parents seek passage to the U.S. for their daughters and sons. These children cross our borders carrying something more precious than their belongings – they carry hope, the hope that they will escape harm and that they will live a better life...

Click here to read more.

Membership Month Proclamation

Membership Month ProclamationSeptember 2014 is PTA Membership Month in New York State. Acknowledging the roots of the National PTA in the state, and our 116 years of service by our members, the declaration (linked to below) recognizes the efforts of the New York State PTA on behalf of all children and youth.

Units can proudly share and display this proclamation as they reach out to parents, teachers and the community to ask for their support of PTA by becoming members and carrying the card that counts.

Click here for the proclamation.

NYS PTA Summer Leadership Conference WAS A HOMERUN!

Attendees left feeling informed, connected and energized to hit it out of the park for the 2014-15 school year!

Thank you to all our Umps, coaches and team members for a successful event!

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

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.


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

14 in '14 - National PTA Membership Challenge

National PTA challenges you to add 14 members to your PTA and a offers a chance to win $1,000.  For more details, click here

Membership Dues Deadline Is March 31!

All membership cards must be accounted for by March 31.  Checks for dues payments should be accompanied by a Dues Payment Form, which can be accessed by clicking here.  Payments must be received in the NYS PTA office by March 31st.  Please make sure PTA checks have TWO signatures!  All unused, voided or damaged cards must be returned to your Region Membership Chair accompanied by the Reconciliation Sheet that was sent in your February mailing packet - also by March 31.

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.)