Local Leader News 2.22.17

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February 22, 2017
Top 5 Things You Need to Know
  • National PTA released a statement on Betsy DeVos’ confirmation as U.S. Secretary of Education. Read the full statement.
  • March is also National Nutrition Month. Learn more about this important topic on PTA.org!
How Did You Celebrate Take Your Family to School Week?
TYFTSW17.jpgTake Your Family to School Week was Feb. 13-17, and we loved hearing from PTAs across the country! This year, PTAs celebrated the changing faces of families in our nation’s schools.
We want to hear from you!
  • Use the hashtag#PTAProud and tag @NationalPTA on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to join the nationwide celebration.
  • Brag about your great events! Tell us how you celebrated by sharing your story at PTA.org/PTAProud.
National PTA Celebrates Safer Internet Day!
SaferInternetDayPic.JPGNational PTA President Laura Bay joined several other organizations in Philadelphia, Pa., Feb. 7 to celebrate Safer Internet Day.
The theme was, “Be the Change: Unite for a Better Internet.”
In addition to the national event in Philadelphia, 20 local PTAs celebrated by hosting Safer Internet Day satellite events to teach families about The Smart Talk, an interactive digital safety website designed by National PTA and LifeLock. These events were made possible by $1,000 grants awarded by National PTA.
Save the Date: Upcoming Webinars and PTA Events!
Bylaws & Policy Committee Webinar! Feb. 23
Join National PTA’s Bylaws & Policy Committee, Thursday, Feb. 23, as they go over their proposed amendments to the National PTA Bylaws. Register now.
National PTA Legislative Conference, March 7-9
Join policymakers and fellow PTA advocates as we celebrate 120 years of changing children’s lives! Register now.
National PTA Convention & Expo, June 22-25
Connect with 1,500 of the nation’s most influential leaders in education, as well as other parents and experts in Las Vegas. Register now.
Apply Now: National PTA Award and Grant Opportunities
Jan Harp Domene Diversity and Inclusion Award
Apply by March 17
The Jan Harp Domene Diversity and Inclusion Awardrecognizes one local, one district/council and one state PTA that best exemplify a commitment to diversity and inclusion. The awardees will be honored at the 2017 National PTA Convention & Expo. Apply today!
Mary Lou Anderson Grants
Apply by March 17
The National PTA Mary Lou Anderson Reflections Arts Enhancement Grant provides up to $1,000 in matching funds to support local PTA arts projects within their school community. Funded projects will increase access to learning opportunities in the arts for under-served audiences. Apply today!
Did You Miss … ?
Nominate a Teacher for STEM’s Highest Honor
PAEMST.JPGGreat teachers ought to be recognized. If you know a seventh through 12th-grade educator that deserves the nation’s highest honor in STEM teaching, nominate them for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST). Anyone–parents, students, teachers or friends–can submit a nomination.
Winners receive a signed certificate from the President, a trip to Washington, DC for recognition events and a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation. Nominations close April 1, so nominate an exceptional teacher today.
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Learn more and apply by April 7 at ActionforHealthyKids.org/Grants.
National PTA Headquarters
1250 N. Pitt Street
Alexandria, Virginia 22314
Phone: (703) 518-1200
Toll Free: (800) 307-4PTA
Fax: (703) 836-0942
E-mail: info@PTA.org
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National PTA Disappointed with Administration’s Rescission of Guidance to Protect Transgender Students

ALEXANDRIA, Va., (Feb. 22, 2017)—The following statement can be attributed to National PTA President Laura Bay:


“Today, the U.S. Departments of Education and Justice sent a letter to the nation’s schools rescinding guidance released in May 2016 on their obligations under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (Title IX) regarding a student’s gender identity. The guidance had stated that a school must not treat a transgender student differently from the way it treats other students of the same gender identity under the law.


“National PTA is extremely disappointed that the Administration has rescinded the guidance. Every child deserves to receive a great education in a setting free from discrimination, harassment and violence. The vast majority of LGBTQ students, however, are bullied, physically assaulted and feel unsafe in school because of their actual or perceived sexual orientation or identity. There is a need for explicit protection of LGBTQ youth as it is critical to their overall health and well-being and long-term success.


“National PTA and its constituent associations are committed to advocating for policies and protections for LGBTQ youth to make sure they have positive school experiences and the opportunity to reach their full potential. National PTA adopted a resolution in 2016 on the Recognition of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer/Questioning (LGBTQ) Individuals as a Protected Class. The resolution calls for federal policies that specifically protect LGBTQ youth and local practices that create and maintain safe, affirming and inclusive learning environments for all students.


“It has long been a top priority of National PTA to make sure all children have a safe, supportive and positive environment in which to thrive and learn. The association remains dedicated to supporting transgender students—as it is every student—and will push for policies and practices to ensure that federal, state and local entities protect all children.”


About National PTA

National PTA® comprises millions of families, students, teachers, administrators and business and community leaders devoted to the educational success of children and the promotion of family engagement in schools. PTA is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit association that prides itself on being a powerful voice for all children, a relevant resource for families and communities and a strong advocate for public education. Membership in PTA is open to anyone who wants to be involved and make a difference for the education, health and welfare of children and youth.


Media Contact

Heidi May Wilson, National PTA

hmay@PTA.org(703) 518-1242