National PTA Leadership Briefing 4.11.17

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April 11, 2017
Top 5 Things You Need to Know
  • National PTA is pleased to announce the full list of nominees (slated and self-nominated) for election during the 2017 Convention & Expo. See the full list
  • The National PTA Board of Directors recently passed new position statements. Details below.
  • National PTA has issued a statement on President Trump’s budget priorities. Details below.
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Spread the Word: National PTA’s #ThankATeacher Contest 
2017-TAW-CONTEST-IG.jpgHas a teacher in your life gone above and beyond to deliver a brighter future? Take your gratitude to the next level by entering the National PTA #ThankATeacher Contest. From now until April 17, you can enter the contest to win up to $4,500 in products for your teachers! Here’s how to enter:
  1. Share a photo or video with a caption and the hashtag #ThankATeacher on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram—be creative and have fun with it!
  2. Complete the #ThankATeacher form on PTA.org/ThankATeacher.
Visit PTA.org/ThankATeacher to see the full list of contest prizes, contest rules and answers to frequently asked questions.
Want to promote the contest to your local PTA units? We’ve created a contest toolkit with flyers, social media graphics and sample tweets!
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Save the Date: Upcoming Webinars and PTA Live! Events
#ThankATeacher Contest PTA Live!
Wednesday evening, April 11
Do you have questions about the #ThankATeacher Contest, or just want to learn more about the amazing prizes you might win? Join us on ourFacebook page for a special PTA Live!
Resolutions Committee Webinar
Wednesday, May 17, 8:00 p.m. EDT
Mark your calendar for this National PTA Resolutions Committee webinar to review the resolutions that delegates will be voting on at the 2017 Convention & Expo.
2017 National PTA Convention & Expo
June 22-25, 2017
We can’t wait to see you in Las Vegas at  Win with PTA … the 2017 National PTA Convention & Expo. Join thousands of PTA leaders, advocates, educators and other experts for learning, professional development and fun. Register now.
National PTA Board of Directors Passes New Position Statements
The National PTA Board of Directors recently passed and/or updated four position statements. National PTA Position Statements are official documents outlining the opinion, will or intent of the association to address national problems, situations or concerns that affect children and youth and require national action to seek resolution on the issue.
National PTA has adopted hundreds of position statements on a wide variety of national education, health and safety issues since its first convention in 1897. You can view some of them  online.
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Trump Administration Releases Budget Priorities for Fiscal Year 2018

2018BudgetGraph.jpgPresident Trump’s “skinny budget” or “blueprint” for funding priorities in Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 was released in March. President Trump’s proposal would cut funding for public education programs by $9.2 billion.

National PTA hopes President Trump’s full budget request (to be released in May) will propose funding for Statewide Family Engagement Centers, and ensure robust investments in Title I, Individuals with Disabilities Education Act state grants, Parent Training and Information Centers and other critical education grant programs. Learn more on the National PTA OneVoice Blog and by checking out the National PTA public policy agenda.

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Take Action! National PTA Extremely Disappointed with New ESSA Guidelines
ESSAKit_Small.jpgSubmit a comment to the U.S. Department of Education (ED) today atPTA.org/TakesAction to tell them stakeholder engagement is critical, not optional! The ED released a new guide for states to use in developing their education plans under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). While ESSA requires meaningful stakeholder engagement, the new guide does not compel states to include a description of how they are engaging and consulting stakeholders—like parents—in developing their plans. National PTA is extremely disappointed that stakeholder engagement is no longer prioritized in the new guide.

National PTA also created a stakeholder media toolkit at PTA.org/ESSA for you to use and share to assist PTA members in demanding state leaders to include a description of how they will meaningfully consult different stakeholders in the implementation of the new state education plans.

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Check Out the Amazing Ticketed Events at #PTACon17
National PTA Endowment Luncheon
Friday, June 23 at 11:30 a.m.
National PTA Diversity and Inclusion Breakfast
Saturday, June 24 at 7:30 a.m.
National PTA Reflections and Awards Celebration
Saturday, June 24 at 7 p.m.
We are thrilled to announce that Le PeTiT CiRqUe will be performing at the Celebration. Winner of 16 National Youth Awards, Le PeTiT CiRqUe has entertained audiences across the U.S. and internationally in Dubai and Canada. You’ve seen them all over national television—they appeared on NBC’s “LITTLE BIG SHOTS” as featured guest stars on March 26, 2017.
Get your tickets for these amazing events today! Log in to your 2017 National PTA Convention & Expo registration and add tickets to the event to your account. It’s that simple! Not registered yet? Why wait? Register now and purchase your tickets at the same time!
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