Friday, May 19, 2017


The Cuyahoga County Public Library is offering the GED/Family Literacy Program this summer at the Parma and Maple Heights branches. 

Incentives include daily free lunch, free books, and a free Kindle for those meeting certain requirements.
  • Adults with children entering 1st through 5th grades are eligible to register and attend this program.
  • Class will run June 13 through August 3 at CCPL Parma and Maple. Class days and times are: T/W/TH 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
  • The Adults will be in GED classroom, while the children are in another room engaging in literacy and arts activities.
  • Adults and children will come together for free lunch and shared activities 11:30-1:00.
  • GED class will integrate family literacy information.
Advance registration is required. For details & registration:

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Funding INFOhio!

Calls to the Senate are critical to sustaining the funding for INFOhio in the budget.
It is imperative that every State Senator receives many calls, weekly, to maintain the restoration of INFOhio’s $1.1 million funds for digital resources for Ohio schools that is in H.B. 49.
The Senate will have to cut millions from the budget to make it balance. Some reports say they will have to cut up to $800,000,000. Your calls are needed to keep the INFOhio funding in the budget.
  1. Call your own State Senator! Calls are more effective than emails. Please call. To find your legislator click here. Please call members of the Ohio Senate leadership too.
  2. Encourage teachers, parents, administrators and students to take action IMMEDIATELY and call their State Senator.
When you call, leave a message that includes a story about how you use INFOhio digital content with students and please include the following information:
  • In the proposed biennium budget (FY18-19), the $1.1 million funding INFOhio lost two years ago has been restored on line #130411 in H.B. 49. Please sustain this funding.
  • With this funding, INFOhio will provide BookFlix, Storia, World Book, Science Online, Ancestry Library Edition, and the EBSCO databases. These are key tools that positively impact the third-grade reading guarantee, new state standards, and college and career readiness.
  • If schools purchase this digital content on their own, the cost will be $51.8 million. The cost to my district would be $____. As opposed to getting the resources from INFOhio for $0.00. (You will find the cost to your district in the Resource Cost Calculator.)
For additional information regarding how you can help restore INFOhio’s funding, consult the INFOhio Advocacy page. You will find a Resource Cost Calculator that will help you determine how the cut in digital content could financially impact your district. You will also find a way to search for your own legislator.
Thank you all so much for organizing calls to your legislators and making calls yourself. Grassroots efforts do work!

PTA Digital Day of Action!

PTA Advocate,

Join National PTA and other education advocates from across the country today in a digital day of action to protect public education!  The Washington Post is reporting that President Trump's proposed budget is set to be released next week with massive cuts to public education and a new proposal to use public funding for private school vouchers.

Email your Members of Congress to tell him/her to fund our public schools, and keep public dollars where they belong - with the 90 percent of American children that attend public schools!

Monday, May 15, 2017

The 2017-2018 National School of Excellence Program is Now Open


PTAs across the country are beginning their journey to strengthen family-school partnerships at their schools and make a substantial, positive impact on student success.
By enrolling in this program, PTAs and school administrators are making a year-long commitment in identifying and implementing an action plan for school improvement based on PTA's National Standards for Family-School Partnerships.
In August 2018, National PTA will celebrate these PTA-school partnerships by awarding successful enrollees theNational PTA School of Excellence distinction for two academic years.
Enroll now to be considered among the 2018-2020 National PTA Schools of Excellence recipients.

To learn more visit, email or call (800) 307-4782.