Tuesday, July 11, 2017

ADVOCACY ALERT – Help us Say Thank You on July 11

ADVOCACY ALERT – Help us Say Thank You on July 11

With your help, we can send a "LOUD" voice of Thanks!

Last week a group of 20 moderate Republicans, called the Tuesday Group, sent a letter to Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) requesting a bicameral, bipartisan agreement to stop sequestration and raise the federal spending caps for fiscal year (FY) 2018.

National PTA has long advocated to replace sequestration with a balance approach to deficit reduction that does not further cut funding for education program.  Up until this letter there had been a lot of discussion about cutting federal spending on domestic programs—which include education programs—by billions of dollars.  The TuesdayGroup letter to the Speaker was significant because it accounted for enough opposition to encourage Congress to possibly consider a bipartisan budget agreement.

Action Requested:  
Ohio PTA is asking for your assistance in thanking Representative Dave Joyce for signing on to the letter to Speaker Ryan on July 11 (State Thank You Day).  The thank you can be tweeted, posted on Facebook, or other social media you use!

Sample Tweet:  

Thank you @RepDaveJoyce for calling for a bipartisan budget deal to #RaiseTheCaps & support educ funding to #STOPCutsToClassrooms

After you participate, please share and ask your friends to help send a message of thanks too!

Thank you for your help!

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Latest info on Ohio's ESSA plan

Latest info on Ohio's ESSA plan. 

The Ohio Department of Education will be submitting its ESSA state plan by September 18 to the U.S. Department of Education (ED).  Before Ohio submits its plan, we encourage you to take two actions to help ensure parent voices are heard on your state’s new education plan:

  1. Send a letter to your Governor and state education chief or superintendent urging them to include a description of how different stakeholders have been meaningfully engaged in the development of the new state education plan.  National PTA has put together this stakeholder toolkit (attached and on www.pta.org/essa), which contains template letters, sample graphics and messaging you can use and share with your membership.  As you may recall, ED no longer requires states to include a description of their stakeholder consultation in the development of their new ESSA plan. 

  1. Share this webinar throughout your social media networks and other PTA channels, if your comment period is still open so that parents and families can comment on the new education plan in your state. Here is some social media for your to promote the webinar as well –