Thursday, June 9, 2016

The Ohio PTA Summer Leadership Training Conference (LTC)

Build Your PTA Family Team Through

A must attend event for current, new and future leaders!
Get your PTA started on the right track for the 2016-2017 school year!

Join us on Sat., July 30 (Grove City) or Sat., August 13 (Stow) 9 to 4 pm. This is a legitimate PTA expense. Cost $50 BOGO, bring a friend to learn, network, and have a little fun. 

ALL new and returning officers, chairpersons, and other interested parties are encouraged to attend. Complete (or start) your Gold Key...update on assessments and learning standards...plan to attend NOW. 

Lunch provided. 

Register/pay online through Cheddar Up OR download registration form and mail in check right away.

Please click on the below links for more information or to register and pay. 

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) ESSA Stakeholder Engagement Guide

National PTA Government Affairs staff worked with CCSSO and provided input on their recently released ESSA Stakeholder Engagement Guide.  The guide is posted on PTA’s ESSA webpage –

The guide also includes National PTA’s “Questions PTA Advocates Should Ask on ESSA Implementation” in the additional resources section.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

New Education Law "ESSA"

PTA Leaders,

As you know, many states are beginning the ESSA implementation process and reaching out to stakeholders to engage them in the process of crafting new state education plans.  

National PTA conducted a survey that many of you participated in (thank you!) on the ESSA implementation process in your state and a scan of state department of education websites to find out what and how states are going about engaging stakeholders, especially parents in the process.  First, we wanted to provide you with a summary of the survey results which is attached and second, based on the feedback from the survey, the Government Affairs staff has put together the attached document, “Start a Conversation: Questions PTA Advocates Should Ask about the ESSA Implementation.”  The document also includes a link to state ESSA implementation pages. We hope you find these resources valuable.  Both “Start a Conversation” and state ESSA implementation webpage are on and we encourage you share them widely! 

In other news regarding ESSA implementation, the U.S. Department of Education (ED) released proposed regulations on state accountability systems, state plans and data reporting. National PTA is reviewing these regulations and will be providing comments on the regulations by the August 1 deadline.  We will be sharing National PTA’s comments with all of you in advance of the August 1 deadline so that you may use those comments as part of your own letter if you would like. ED has also published a fact sheet and chart comparing these proposed regulations to No Child Left Behind (NCLB) that you may find helpful. 

As always, please reach out to the Government Affairs staff if you have any questions. 


Jacki Ball | Director, Government Affairs
National PTA® 
1250 N. Pitt Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
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