FLPTA Legislative Action - Please CALL today and tell your Senator to vote NO on Conforming Bill 7069.
Florida PTA Takes Action - Our Children Are Worth MORE Than This - email sent by Florida PTA earlier today.
Late Friday afternoon a massive education bill was introduced through the budget process. This bill was negotiated behind closed doors, bypassing the democratic process of public input and the option for amendments. While testing reform, daily recess, and other good education policies have been placed inside this bill, it has a devastating impact on the education budget that will leave our most vulnerable children behind.
Now is the time to act! Please CALL today and tell your Senator to vote NO on Conforming Bill 7069. Our children are worth more than this.
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May 7, 2017 - FL PTA Legislative Alert
Late Friday afternoon, a massive education package was introduced through the budgeting process. While there are many valuable elements in this bill like sensible testing reform, parent friendly testing reports, daily recess, and important early learning initiatives, conforming bill 7069 will leave too many of our most vulnerable children behind. The Title I provision takes away our school districts' ability to effectively support our at-risk students. The required sharing of local tax dollars intended for school construction and repair diverts resources away from traditional public schools in all neighborhoods. Other provisions of this bill were never vetted in committee, thereby excluding essential input from parents and other community members.
As the largest child advocacy association in the state, the Florida PTA's mission has always been to serve and support EVERY child. Therefore, it is with a heavy heart that the Florida PTA must oppose conforming bill 7069.
Read FLPTA's full recap and recommendation at http://campaign.r20.constantcontact.com/render?m=1104540460460&ca=c72d3503-aa21-4f47-94ed-193595e2ba4b
SCCPTA Awards Available to Local PTA/PTSA Units
Did You Submit Your Applications to Win? Award entry must be postmarked by April 24, 2017 (date was extended). Each individual form has the award criteria and other relevant details.
The awards ceremony is a wonderful breakfast celebration where all the attendees celebrate the award winning PTA/PTSA units, mingle to meet new friends, and share ideas. The SCCPTA Awards Celebration is scheduled for May 10th, Legacy Club at Alaqua Lakes. SCCPTA will be sending an evite to all local PTA/PTSA units with event details. We encourage your participation to submit for awards and to attend the award celebration. Don't delay with your PTA/PTSA's RSVP of the number of attendees and payment.
Florida PTA Awards 2017 - Newsletter
Has your local PTA unit been doing great things? Florida PTA would like to recognize local units for their effort to further the mission and purpose of PTA. Apply today for all the awards that showcase your programs and accomplishments for the 2016-2017 year. Your unit's hard work and dedication is worth a chance to be recognized! The categories for 2017 are:
Deadline for submission of applications is May 1, 2017 and all awards will be presented at Florida PTA Leadership Convention in July 2017.
Additionally, we are proud to announce that on March 31, 2017 we will hold two random drawings for a ticket each to the Awards Luncheon at our Leadership Convention in July. The entries will be from each local unit that has submitted at least one award application prior to March 31st. We look forward to hearing about all the good things that you are doing!
Are you or your Local PTA Unit interested in speaking up for Juvenile Justice, Educational Instruction and Testing, or Children’s Wellbeing? Then you may want to consider the offer SCCPTA has for you!
This year the SCCPTA is offering (2) $250 Legislative Grants for a local PTA unit or a local PTA representative to attend the 2017 Florida PTA Legislative Conference. The Conference begins Sunday evening, March 26, and continues through Tuesday, March 28 with speakers, programs and Legislative Committee meetings. Registration is open now. All PTA members are encouraged to attend and learn how you can make a difference with your voice.
The following is the SCCPTA Legislative Grant Application for local PTA/PTSA's use. View the application online and download the file to complete for your application. Application deadline is February 25, 2017.
A GUIDE FOR THE PTA ADVOCATE (source: FloridaPTA.org)
WHAT IS ADVOCACY? In the context of PTA, Advocacy is support and speaking up for children – in schools, in communities, and before government bodies and other organizations that make decisions affecting children.
Those who choose to lobby, to take their case directly to their elected representatives, represent one very important form of advocacy called “grassroots advocacy.”
Florida PTA is pleased to offer an opportunity for assistance to qualified students who wish to continue their education beyond high school.
Florida PTA offers a total of four (4) scholarships, one each in the following categories: University, Fine Arts, Community College, and Vo-Tech, to a student graduating in the 2016-2017 school year. This is a one-time (non-renewable) award of $2,000.00 and will be awarded to a worthy student who is interested in getting a start in life through higher education.
Deadline for all applications is February 1, 2017. All applications must be postmarked by that date in order to be considered. For complete details, please visit floridapta.org. Please note: the applying student must be a member of his/her school's PTSA or a member of the Sunshine State PTSA (application available on our website).
Florida PTA is pleased to offer a total of four (4) scholarships, one each in the following categories: University, Fine Arts, Community College, and Vo-Tech, to a student graduating in the 2016-2017 school year. This is a one time (non-renewable) award of $2,000.00 and will be awarded to a worthy student who is interested in getting a start in life through higher education. This award is specifically for a student who wishes to pursue their education at a University, Fine Arts School, Community College, or Vo-Tech.
All applications for the FL PTA Scholarship Program (click for details) must be postmarked no later than February 1, 2017 to be considered. .