In This Issue
In the Spotlight...
Charter school supporters and critics in New York State are
preparing for what they say will be a big debate over whether to allow
more of the privately run, but publicly funded, schools.
Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo and the Republicans who lead the
state Senate support more charter schools. But teachers’ unions and
many of the Democrats in the state Assembly say they weaken public
The conflict is expected to be one of the top issues facing
lawmakers when they begin their 2015 session in January.
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At the recent NYS PTA Convention, three new wellness resolutions were
passed. Here are some resources for you to share with your members to use for education and
Social Host Law:
Electronic Cigarettes (e-cigarettes) and Youth:
Education for HIPAA Right to Privacy and Health Care Proxy:
The Partnership for Drug Free Kids has developed a new Above the Influence
Toolkit. This resource is useful for youth ages 12-17 years old to “boost
confidence and prevent risk-taking behaviors, including alcohol and drug
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Parent roadmaps are available in English language arts/literacy, to provide
guidance to parents about what their
children will be learning and how they can support that learning in grades
These parent roadmaps for each grade level also provide three-year snapshots
showing how selected standards
progress from year to year, so that students will be college and career
ready upon their graduation from high school.
They can be found in English and Spanish
New York's state university system has adopted a new definition of sexual
consent that requires a clear, affirmative agreement between partners, part
of a larger effort to reduce sexual violence on college campuses.
On December 2, the SUNY Board of Trustees announced that it formally approved
the new policy, which will apply to more than 463,000 students on all 64
state campuses. Under the new “yes means yes” standard, silence cannot be
interpreted as permission to engage in sexual contact, and consent may be
withdrawn at any time.
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