PTA Takes Action 6.1.17

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June 1, 2017
Trump Administration Proposes $9.2 Billion Cut to Public Education
TrumpBudget.jpgPresident Donald Trump released his budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2018 last week. The proposal cuts funding for public education programs by $9.2 billion. Read National PTA’s statement on the proposed budget and find out more on National PTA’s OneVoice Blog.

National PTA has strong concerns about the proposed budget that eliminates funding for more than 20 education programs including programs that support educator professional development, after school programs, Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grants, and preschool grants. Funding for Title I—which aids schools with high percentages of children from low-income families—as well as grants for special education services through the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) remains at the current funding level in the proposal. The proposal also does not include investments for family engagement in education through the Statewide Family Engagement Centers (SFECs) program.

This is just the first step in a long federal budget process. You can learn more about the budget process by watching the National PTA Appropriations 101 Webinar.

Family Engagement in Education Receives Bipartisan Support on Capitol Hill

shutterstock_544847110.jpgPTA members nationwide asked their members of Congress to fund Statewide Family Engagement Centers (SFECs) at $10 million through letters, emails, phone calls and in-person meetings during National PTA’s 2017 Legislative Conference.

In April, a bipartisan group of 46 Representatives signed on to a Dear Colleague letter in support of funding SFECs. Then in May, a bipartisan group of 28 Senators signed on to a similar Dear Colleague letter in support of SFECs. In both the House and Senate, the number of members of Congress that signed on surpassed last year’s total. National PTA thanks all PTA members for their great advocacy efforts to fund SFECs this year!

House of Representatives Passes Two National PTA-Endorsed Bills

The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Child Protection Improvements Act (CPIA) and the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA), bipartisan bills that will affect organizations serving vulnerable populations. CPIA will allow organizations to conduct fast, accurate and affordable background checks on prospective volunteers and employees, and JJDPA will help prevent youth from entering the juvenile justice system, strengthen protections for those in the system and support new initiatives for successful youth reentry into their communities. The bills now go to the U.S. Senate for further consideration.

Check the National PTA Key Legislation webpage for updates on the bills and National PTA’s Legislative Checklist and PTA Advocacy Changes Lives for more information on National PTA’s advocacy efforts.

Advocates of the Month: Michigan PTA 
MichiganPTALogo.jpgMichigan PTA was recognized by the Michigan Department of Education and Sheila Alles, the Michigan Chief Deputy Superintendent, as innovators in education policy and experts on family engagement in schools due to their involvement in the “10 in 10 campaign, ” which aims to make Michigan a top 10 state in education in 10 years.
They created a video that was presented at the Michigan State School Board meeting, highlighting the important role of family engagement in education. You can watch a portion of their presentation on YouTube.
Tools and Resources
What to Know About Immigrant Students and Families at School

How can your PTA support immigrant students and families at school? PTA leaders have an important role in connecting immigrant families to community and school resources to help these families feel more engaged and welcome in their schools. Check out our new bilingual FAQ, and watch the recording of our webinar on The Role of PTA in Supporting Immigrant Families to learn more.

New Resource: State Guide to Building Online School Report Cards
OnlineReportCardPic.pngNational PTA, with the Council for Chief State School Officers, Collaborative Communications Group, Data Quality Campaign, ExcelinEd and Learning Heroes, co-created a State Guide to Building Online School Report Cards—a 12-month, step-by-step timeline and guide outlining a process for states to develop a next-generation report card under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).
This new guide helps states break down the process for creating report cards that are easy for parents and the public to access and understand.
College and Career-Readiness Resources

AmericanYouthPolicyForumLogo.pngThe American Youth Policy Forum‘s (AYPF) vision is that all young people will be able to meet their full potential in school, career and civic life as a result of our commitment to educate, inform and engage policymakers in the development of effective and supportive youth policies.

AYPF’s College and Career Readiness program area addresses issues of reforming middle and high schools and new strategies to ensure that high school students graduate and are prepared for postsecondary education and careers.
Here are just a few topic areas that AYPF has developed resources on for students and families:
LearningHeroesLogo(1).pngCollege and Career-Readiness Resources

Summertime means sun and fun, making it the perfect time for learning to come alive for your child! But as parents, we know it isn’t always easy to keep children engaged during the break. That’s where the “Summer Stride” comes in!

Developed by Learning Heroes, the National Summer Learning Association, and National PTA, read five simple ideas to help your child stride forward this summer.

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