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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

NYS PTA Sees Hope in Draft Changes to Standards, More Work to Do

Posted September 21, 2016

 

NYS PTA responds to the proposed changes to ELA and Mathematics Standards shared by NYSED. Click here to read our response. To read the press release from SED on revised standards, click here. NYSED is accepting public comments through November 4, 2016 and will present to the Board of Regents in early 2017.

NYS PTA on Capitol Pressroom Discussing Second ESSA Letter

Posted September 14, 2016

NYS PTA President Bonnie Russell and Executive Director Kyle Belokopitsky discuss pressing education issues such as the Every Student Succeeds Act with Liz Benjamin on Capitol Tonight. Click here to view the video clip of the conversation.

Letter to US Department of Education about Every Student Succeeds Act, Part 2

Posted September 13, 2016

Recently, NYS PTA sent a letter to the US Department of Education which summarized our comments and concerns with the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)-Part 2, which you can read here. The letter, along with a press release that can be read here, was also sent to NYSED, ECB and both media and legislative contacts.

New Post to The Voice of NYS PTA – Back to School Already?

Posted September 6, 2016

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

New Membership System is now Live!

Posted September 1, 2016

The new NYS PTA Online Unit Portal is now live! Login credentials will be sent out via email soon. To become a member, search for your unit by clicking here.

 

Convention Registration Now Open!

Posted August 24, 2016

Convention is the time for us to join together to learn from each other, celebrate our successes and build for the future. We encourage you to attend and take advantage of all the opportunities available at Convention.

Click here to check out more information about Convention.

Click here to register.

Letter to US Department of Education about Every Student Succeeds Act

Posted August 23, 2016

Recently. NYS PTA sent a letter to the US Department of Education which summarized our comments and concerns with the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which you can read here. The letter, along with a press release that can be read here, was also sent to NYSED, ECB and both media and legislative contacts.

New e-Newsletter to our Membership is Launched

Posted August 19, 2016

Check out our new NYS PTA e-newsletter to members for information about advocacy, events, membership and resource links by clicking here.  #‎carrythecardthatcounts‬ ‪#‎BeaPartofChangeandTakeAction‬


NYS PTA on Capitol Pressroom with Susan Arbetter

Posted August 5, 2016

NYS PTA President Bonnie Russell and Executive Director Kyle Belokopitsky discuss pressing education issues such as the Every Student Succeeds Act, tax cap and school aid with reporter Susan Arbetter. Click here to listen (interview with PTA starts at 35:35).

NYS PTA President and Executive Director Interviewed by Karen DeWitt

Posted August 4, 2016

NYS PTA President Bonnie Russell and NYS PTA Executive Director Kyle McCauley Belokopitsky were interviewed by Karen Dewitt of WXXI News to discuss the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Listen to the interview here.

NYS PTA President and Executive Director Appear on Capitol Tonight

Posted August 3, 2016

NYS PTA's Executive Director Kyle McCauley Belokopitsky and President Bonnie Ryan Russell share concerns about education, the Every Student Succeeds Act, tax cap and school funding, on Capital Tonight. Watch it here.

New Post to The Voice of NYS PTA – Summer Flies By - PTA Still Advocating!

Posted July 29, 2016

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

 

NYS PTA Members Convened at Utica College for Summer Leadership Conference

Posted July 21, 2016 / Updated August 4, 2016

Hundreds of parents and educators attended a three-day conference at Utica College, where they continued their mission to support New York's students, families, educators and schools.

For access to workshops and other photos/tweets from the event, click here.

New Post to The Voice of NYS PTA – Summer Flies By - PTA Still Advocating!

Posted July 29, 2016

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

Update on NYSED Standards Review Committee Members

Posted June 22, 2016

The names, category (parent, teacher, administrator and grades/levels where appropriate) and the respective school district/location have now been posted to the AimHighNY website from the links below:

English Language Arts Standards Review Committee

Math Standards Review Committee

For more information about the process and the next steps for future involvement, click here.

Standards Review Committee Update

Posted May 23, 2016

NYSED has now finalized the selection of the 16 parents that will be participating in the first phase of the Standards Review Committees for ELA and for Mathematics. Click here to read the thank you letter that NYSED sent to us for coordinating this effort which also lists the different organizations that we connected with when marketing this opportunity. To read the letter that NYSED sent to the over 300 applicants that thanks them for applying for the committees, click here.

PTA Reflections — Six Receive National Honors

Posted May 16, 2016

This year, NYS PTA proudly acknowledges six New York State students, each receiving national honors.

Click here for the complete list.

New Post to The Voice of NYS PTA – Budget Update

Posted April 8, 2016

“The Voice of NYS PTA” page/blog provides thoughts and commentary from NYS PTA President Bonnie Russell on topics of interest to our membership. Please click here to read the latest message.

PARENTS: An Opportunity to Share Your Voice on the NYS Learning Standards Committee

Posted March 29, 2016

You, as a parent, can have a say in what your student should know and be able to do at a grade level. The NYS Education Department (NYSED) asks that parents help review and revise the ELA and Mathematics Learning Standards during 2016-17. Read more here.

March is PTA Advocacy Month and Virtual Lobby Day is March 8.

Posted February 24, 2016

This is the time of year when PTA members speak out with one voice to let elected officials know our positions on issues impacting children, youth and families.

This year, our positions focus on funding our schools, family/community engagement, early childhood education and heroin/prescription opiates.

Members can learn all about these issues and participate with a postcard/letter writing campaign and Virtual Lobby Day by clicking here.

New Post to The Voice of NYS PTA – Reflections on Governor’s Budget and Upcoming Events

Posted January 19, 2016

“The Voice of NYS PTA” page/blog provides thoughts and commentary from NYS PTA President Bonnie Russell on topics of interest to our membership. Please click here to read the latest message.

Statement of NYS PTA on State of the State/Budget

Posted January 13, 2016

NYS PTA expresses cautious optimism with the tone of the Governor’s State of the State/Budget message which is much more positive than a year ago. Click here to read the entire statement.

We are Looking for Leaders

Posted January 7, 2016

New York State PTA is seeking individuals interested in leadership positions for 2016-2017.

I am interested in learning more about serving on the NYS PTA Governance Team.

I am interested in becoming a Region Partner.

Find out more in this video:

New Post to The Voice of NYS PTA - Education Reform: What Next?

Posted December 16, 2015

“The Voice of NYS PTA” page/blog provides thoughts and commentary from NYS PTA President Bonnie Russell on topics of interest to our membership. Please click here to read the latest message.

NYS PTA Response to the Governor's Commission

Posted October 22, 2015

The following is a response by the NYS Congress of Parents and Teachers (NYS PTA) to the six points described by Governor Cuomo in outlining the Commission’s charge. Click here to read the letter.

NYS PTA Response to NYSSBA Panel Questions

NYS PTA responses to questions posed to a NYSSBA Panel by Timothy Kremer, Executive Director of NYS School Boards Association, on October 19, 2015. Click here to read NYS PTA responses presented by Executive Administrator Rick Longhurst.

The 2016 NYS Teacher of the Year is Announced

Posted September 21, 2015

We are happy to announce that the New York State Board of Regents announced that Dana McDonough has been named the 2016 New York State Teacher of the Year. Congratulations!

Dana McDonoughMcDonough, a second grade teacher at Newburgh Enlarged City School District in Newburgh, was presented with a certificate of recognition by Regents Chancellor Merryl H. Tisch and Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia. McDonough 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.

McDonough, the 46th New York State Teacher of the Year, has been teaching first or second grade in the Newburgh Enlarged City School District for her entire career of 22 years. She currently teaches second graders at Fostertown ETC Magnet School.

To read the press release from NYSED, please click here.

The NYS PTA Online Membership System is Now LIVE!

Membership LogoNow our members can register and pay their dues online. To become a member of your PTA, click here!

Units can enter members info into the new Online Membership System to generate eCards for members who choose to sign up and pay in person. For unit access to your registration portal, get started here!

 

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

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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