Advocacy Newsbriefs


Advocacy Newsbriefs is published monthly, except July and November.


Meet the New 2018-19 NYS PTA Advocacy Team

VP of Advocacy: Dana Platin
Education Coordinator: Amy Hysick
Family Engagement Coordinator: Kim Blasiak
Legislation Coordinator: Lucille Vitale
Resolutions Coordinator: Lisa Christoffel
Wellness Coordinator: Amany Messieha Dgheim
Environment Specialist: Sarah Henris
Juvenile Protection Specialist: Susanne Smoller
Special Education Specialist: Patrice Rachlin

Take Action With NYS PTA

NYS PTA is still taking action on key advocacy issues impacting children, youth and families. Click HERE to take action and sign up for advocacy alerts.

E-Cigarette Legislation: Senator Kemp Hannon, Chairman of the NYS Senate Standing Committee on Health, introduced legislation that would help protect minors from the dangers of electronic cigarettes. This legislation (S.8609) and (S.8610) would help to limit the use of these devices among minors through prevention and education. It would also establish sale to minors compliance checks, and eliminate enticing flavors that encourage young people. Read more HERE.

Wellness

Blueprint to lower prescription drug costs: President Trump and his administration released a blueprint to lower drug prices and reduce out-of-pocket costs. Keep an eye on this as negotiations move forward to institute policy. Click HERE to read more.

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Raise the Age Law: Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced a team of social service and law enforcement experts that will evaluate state and local efforts to implement the Raise the Age Law. This Task Force is charged with reviewing and evaluating the implementation of this law at both the state and local levels. The governor states, “This expert Task Force is a significant step forward in our efforts to end recidivism in this state, as they oversee the implementation and effectiveness of the Raise the Age Law in order to help men and women contributing to our society free themselves of non-violent criminal convictions.” Read more HERE.

Education

May Regents Meetings: The May 7 Regents meeting created multiple opportunities for parents and educators to provide feedback on Regents policies and regulations.  Topics included: student data privacy, Dignity for All Students Act (DASA) descriptions, Every Student Succeeds Act – NY Plan amendments, social emotional learning and mental health education.

To review the information, click HERE.

Special Education

The US Department of Education launched its new IDEA website. There are two tutorial videos available that will help users learn about site features HERE.

The Office of Civil Rights in the US Department of Education released the 2015-16 Civil Rights Data Collection report. It includes several new categories of data on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) course taking. The report can be found HERE.

The data, which is self-reported by school districts, also includes incidents of criminal offenses in our nation’s public schools. The important report about school climate and safety can be found HERE.

Executive Functioning Study: A new study found that executive functioning difficulties may begin in young children as early as kindergarten.  These difficulties can significantly impact their learning abilities.  Additional information from the study can be found HERE.

June Awareness Events

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month

Fireworks Safety Month

National Great Outdoors Month

National Safety Month

June 1: Stand for Children Day

June 2: National Trails Day

June 5: World Environment Day

June 27: National HIV Testing Day


Past Editions

Advocacy Newsbriefs – April 2018

Advocacy Newsbriefs – March 2018

Advocacy Newsbriefs – February 2018

Advocacy Newsbriefs – January 2018

Advocacy Newsbriefs – December 2017

Advocacy Newsbriefs – October 2017

Advocacy Newsbriefs – September 2017

Advocacy Newsbriefs – August 2017

Advocacy Newsbriefs – June 2017

Advocacy Newsbriefs – May 2017

Advocacy Newsbriefs – April 2017

Advocacy Newsbriefs – March 2017

Advocacy Newsbriefs – February 2017

Advocacy Newsbriefs – January 2017

Advocacy Newsbriefs – December 2016

Advocacy Newsbriefs – October 2016

Advocacy Newsbriefs – September 2016