New York State PTA every child one voice

New York State PTA

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



Message to our Members: Hear Our Voice

Dear Member,

Thank you for your swift and diligent response to our action email last week. Our combined voices sent more than 8,000 messages to the US Secretary of Education, NYS Commissioner, Board of Regents and state legislators to lobby for a call to action with regard to implementation of the Common Core.

Moving forward, please consider attending one of the upcoming SED-sponsored forums in order to continue this important dialogue. Recent public recognition by the Commissioner that testing of our children may be too extensive and Common Core implementation can be improved provides us with a great opportunity to continue to press our overall message: SED must be more deliberate and hear the importance of a clear and consistent message that is integral to any reform. With this in mind, we are offering a new campaign CORE to take with you to the forum:

  • 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.

Please bear in mind that these five key points are quite concise and meant to get attention. We have outlined with greater detail what the points mean just click here to access those expanded talking points. We ask that you carefully read this information that provides more detail, so that as you talk with fellow parents, attend local or regional forums, or individually advocate for children and families, your VOICE can be heard!

Check with your superintendent or local state legislator or Regent for information regarding participation and look for changes to be posted at:

Thank you for your continued support.


Lana Ajemian President, NYS PTA

Reflect the past, Transform today, Inspire tomorrow!

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. Recognizing that support from the home is key to student achievement in the classroom, it is our hope that the brochure will educate, engage and encourage parents/families to work with school staff to successfully implement and address challenges that accompany innovation and reform.

The brochure was introduced to our NYS PTA membership at our premier leadership training conference this summer at Utica College. Reaction of our 230 + attendees was quite positive as members found it clear, concise and understandable and appreciated that it provided some perspective on issues raised. It will be shared with our more than 300,000 members with availability on our web site and promotion through our 16 statewide regions.

NYS PTA is grateful to have had the opportunity to partner with NYSUT on this mutual effort. It is our hope that we will continue to work together to ensure that our students graduate both prepared for college and career and to compete in a global workplace.

Click here to read the brochure, then share this with your friends.