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OUR MISSION

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The overall purpose of PTA is to make every child's potential a reality by engaging and empowering families and communities to advocate for all children.  [MORE]

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New York State PTA

One Wembley Court
Albany, NY 12205
Phone: 518.452.8808
Toll Free: 1.877.569.7782
Fax: 518.452.8105

Email: pta.office@nyspta.org

Hear Our VOICE: It's Time to STAND UP Taller!

Dear Members,

Over the past several months, NYSPTA members have fought the good fight to let our elected officials know how to prioritize our concerns for public education. In just the past three weeks, you have sent more than 6,200 messages to legislators through our website, as well as made innumerable phone calls to communicate our message.

It has made a difference, but there is still more to do. Click here to find out what you need to do so that they Hear Our VOICE!

Membership - A Reminder to All Units

Final Membership payments and returned cards are past due. Payments were due 3/31. If you have not mailed in your payment or returned your cards, please do so immediately. Thank you for your recruitment efforts this membership year! Please send all payments to:

New York State PTA

One Wembley Court

Albany, NY  12205-3830

Remember that TWO signatures are required on all PTA checks and that any members not paid for by the deadline will not count towards Membership Awards!

NYS PTA Legislation/Education Conference Was a Great Success!

Thank you to everyone who helped put on this great event and to all of the attendees!!!! This was a most informative conference – now it's time to do what we do best, ADVOCATE!

To view a video of events from the NYS PTA Leg/Ed Conference 2014, click on the arrow below or click here if viewing from and iPad or iPhone.

Looking for Information about the Common Core Learning Standards?

The Common Core Learning Standards (CCLS) video below has been provided by NYS PTA and is narrated by NYS PTA Education Coordinator, Dr. Bob Aloise.  Feel free to share this video with your region, unit and members.


NYSPTA NewCCLS Video from New York State PTA on Vimeo.

VIRTUAL LOBBY DAY Is Here

Send our PTA messages to Albany:  School Funding to Support Needs, Build Ideals/Early Childhood Education.  Click here to Take Action!

14 in '14 - National PTA Membership Challenge

National PTA challenges you to add 14 members to your PTA and a offers a chance to win $1,000.  For more details, click here

Membership Dues Deadline Is March 31!

All membership cards must be accounted for by March 31.  Checks for dues payments should be accompanied by a Dues Payment Form, which can be accessed by clicking here.  Payments must be received in the NYS PTA office by March 31st.  Please make sure PTA checks have TWO signatures!  All unused, voided or damaged cards must be returned to your Region Membership Chair accompanied by the Reconciliation Sheet that was sent in your February mailing packet - also by March 31.

Membership Awards Applications Are Now Online!

In order to expedite the awards process, the Building a Better Community, Men Matter, and Founder's Day awards can now be applied for online.  Click here to apply today!

Message to our Members: Hear Our Voice

We are offering a new campaign CORE to take with you to the upcoming SED forums: Value input from parents; Order a one-year delay; Implement first, test second; Create improved, flexible testing; Expand professional development. You will notice that these five key points spell out the word VOICE; this is intentional.

Our PTA VOICE must be heard and easy to remember. We stand for sensible measures that will help all children and families realize the promise of the Common Core standards. Click here for more information. (Click here to go directly to the Talking Points.)

117th Annual 2013 NYS PTA Convention Was a Great Success!  

Thank you to everyone who helped put on this great event and to all of the attendees!!!! To view a video of events from the NYS PTA 117th Annual Convention 2013 click on the arrow below or click here if viewing from an ipad or iphone.

Call to Action: Needs and Best Interests of Children of NYS

In order to keep the needs and the best interests of the children of New York state in the forefront, NYS PTA continues to work with the New York State Education Department (NYSED) and our educational partners to advance that message. Please click here to view our message and add your voice.

"The Voice of NYS PTA" - Town Hall meetings

"The Voice of NYS PTA" page/blog provides thoughts and commentary from the President of the NYS PTA, Lana Ajemian, on topics of interest to our membership. Please click here to read the latest message on the blog.

Upcoming Town Hall Meetings are Suspended

The New York State Education Commissioner’s office has requested suspending the remaining Town Hall meetings on the Common Core scheduled in the upcoming weeks. Please know that NYS PTA will continue to work with all education and child advocacy partners to keep our members updated and informed on education, health, safety and welfare issues affecting children and families. 

"The Voice of NYS PTA" - "All Great Change Begins at the Dinner Table"…Ronald Reagan

"The Voice of NYS PTA" page/blog provides thoughts and commentary from the President of the NYS PTA, Lana Ajemian, on topics of interest to our membership. Please click here to read the latest message on the blog. This particular blog post addresses misinformation and the facts of where NYS PTA stands on current issues.

"The Voice of NYS PTA" - Finding Common Ground on Common Core (Includes Joint Statement from Educational Conference Board)

"The Voice of NYS PTA" page/blog provides thoughts and commentary from the President of the NYS PTA, Lana Ajemian, on topics of interest to our membership. Please click here to read the latest message on the blog.

Click here to go directly to the Finding Common Ground five-point plan that addresses concerns and supports successful, sustainable reform.

September 2013 is PTA Membership Month 

September 2013 is PTA Membership Month in New York State. Acknowledging the roots of the National PTA in the state and our 116 years of service by our members, the declaration (linked to below) recognizes the efforts of the New York State PTA on behalf of all children and youth. Units can proudly share and display this proclamation as they reach out to parents, teachers and the community to ask for their support of PTA by becoming members and carrying the card that counts. Click here for the proclamation.

Looking for Guidance on the Common Core? NYS PTA and NYSUT Partner on a Brochure to Help Parents Understand 

Creating this Parents Guide to Common Core Learning was a true collaboration between representatives of parents/families and educators. Our mutual goal was to foster greater understanding of education reform through the common core initiative. Click here for the brochure. Click here to read more about this initiative.

Carry the Card that CountsMembership Theme is Announced - "Carry the Card that Counts"

This year NYS PTA has a new membership theme! We have decided to make sure all current and prospective members know that when they become members and support the work of the New York State PTA, they truly “Carry the Card that Counts”. Click here for and more information including  promotional flyers. 

New Membership Awards are Here...

NYS PTA is thrilled to share the new and updated membership awards for 2013-2014.  The new awards will help you spread the word about all the good your PTA does each and every day.  Set a goal to win one, two or all six!  Download the information here.

National PTA Official Back-to-School Kit Now Available Online!

Our first-ever digital Back-to-School Kit is available at pta.org/Backtoschool.

The Back-to-School Kit is a one-stop shop providing critical resources for each parent and teacher in building your child’s tomorrow in today’s PTA. Here you will find a complete calendar of National PTA events and deadlines, tips on developing programs for the school year, and the keys to building and sustaining a healthy and effective PTA unit. Click here to read more.

Annual Giving Fund

Please consider making a charitable donation to our Annual Giving Fund and support the important work of PTA. For your convenience, online donations can be made by clicking here.

We greatly appreciate your support for the children of New York State. Thank you for your generosity!

Don't Stress About the Test - Tips Provided in Parent Today Newsletter

Are you looking for more information about how to help your student during state assessment time? Check out this great newsletter published by Capital Region BOCES Communication Service, Don't Stress About the Test. Click here to access these great tips...