Advocacy Day 2014
Advocating For Your Child:
In Your District...in Lansing...in Washington D.C.
Saturday, October 25, 2014
DoubleTree Hotel, Dearborn
Call for Nominations
Michigan PTA members are invited to submit recommendations for nominees for the Michigan PTA positions to be filled by election at the 97th Annual Convention, to be held March 27th – 29th in Lansing, Michigan.
Please share the information and encourage your members to also submit nominations. Nominations must be submitted by September 30, 2014.
Invitation for Nominations
Nominations Eligibility List
Nominations Ineligibility List
Nomination Recommendation Form
Hunger Doesn't Take A Summer Vacation
The Michigan Department of Education is proud to announce the availability of the new and improved Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) Site Locator Map. This map will allow families to identify the nearest Meet Up and Eat Up™ site complete with information such as location, meal types, and times. It will even provide driving directions.
Site Locator Map
In partnership with Michigan No Kid Hungry and the United Way for Southeastern Michigan, individuals anywhere in the state also can locate the SFSP site nearest them by dialing 2-1-1 from any landline or mobile phone. These call centers around Michigan will be accessing the MDE Site Locator Map to provide callers with the most up to date information.
Michigan No Kid Hungry is again sponsoring a texting campaign, whereby individuals can text “FoodMI” to 877-877 to receive the most up-to-date site location information. Standard text messaging rates apply.
The Summer Food Service Program serves nutritious meals to children up to age 18 living in low-income areas (where 50 percent or more of the students qualify for free or reduced price school meals). The program can operate in schools, public housing centers, playgrounds, camps, parks, and faith-based facilities.
Research shows a direct relationship between good nutrition and learning. The Summer Food Service Program is a key building block in Michigan communities to develop healthy, happy kids who are ready to learn.
The NEW Common Core State Standards Initiative Newsletter is Now Available!
NEW! Michigan Parents' Guide to Assessments and Accountability
Information to Help Families Navigate the Transition to the New Assessments
Developed in collaboration with National PTA, the Michigan Department of Education and the Center for Strategic Research and Communication, the Michigan Parents’ Guide to Assessments and Accountability features information in parent-friendly language. The Guide includes background on the Common Core State Standards, specific information about Michigan’s assessment consortium, the testing timeline, sample test questions, impacts on students, new accountability systems and ways for parents to get involved and support their child’s learning at home.
Download Michigan Parents’ Guide to Assessments and Accountability
Download National PTA's Parents' Guide to Student Success Booklet
Public Education Funding is On Thin Ice
Your Voice is Needed!
Sweeping voucher bills that would take critical funding away from public schools have recently been introduced in Congress. Tell your Members of Congress that you support public education and oppose vouchers!
National PTA Position Statement - Education Emphasis
Vouchers Are Not the Solution
PTA Supports Public Education
In recent years, we have seen movement in Lansing designed to chip away at building a stronger public education system in Michigan. On January 4th, the Detroit Free Press published an op-ed by Representative Tim Kelly asserting vouchers are a proven winner for education reform. Michigan PTA President Teresa Marhofer submitted an opinion in response and an abbreviated version of the article was printed as a letter to the editor.
Michigan PTA Resolution on Vouchers
Read Michigan PTA Opinion
Read Letter to the Editor
Detroit Council PTA Hosts Town Hall Meeting with National PTA President Otha Thornton, Jr.
Every Child in Focus: Serving Families of Children with Special Needs
MONDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2014 - National PTA President Otha Thornton, Jr. joined the Detroit Council PTA for a Town Hall Meeting at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. National PTA's Every Child in Focus campaign is centered on strengthening family engagement in schools by celebrating important cultural distinctions and achievements, while highlighting solutions to educational issues. December's focus is families of children with special needs and the unique challenges they face in supporting student success.
PHOTO, left to right: Mac Saleh (Michigan PTA Board Member), Tawanna Simpson (Detroit School Board Member), Verna Brocks (Detroit Council PTA President), Otha Thornton, Jr. (National PTA President), Enrique Escallion (SunTrust Banks, Inc.), Heidi May (National PTA)
In Memory of Fran Anderson
"Hello you wonderful PTA people!"
September 24, 2013
Fellow Michigan PTA Members,
It is with great sadness I have to report that Fran Anderson, Michigan PTA Past President, has passed away.
It is a very sad day for the family of Fran Anderson and, as PTA members, I believe we are part of that family. As we reflect on the memories we each have of Fran, it occurs to me that we have lost a fabulous woman and mentor for children. Let the memories of her life live on in each of us through our hard work and dedication to PTA.
Fran’s passion and enthusiasm for children was certainly contagious. Every year she attended the Michigan PTA convention to personally present the Fran Anderson Michigan PTA Scholarship. This scholarship was set up by her, because of her dedication and promise to the children of Michigan to continue on to great things. She believed so much in the ability of our young people and it certainly showed when she spoke about the scholarship recipients.
Let us not forget the “Many Hats” presentation that Fran did from time to time at the State Convention. The presentation brought out some truth, smiles and definitely laughter to all of us. Her warmth and eagerness to embrace each and every one of us by saying “Hello you wonderful PTA people” was priceless.
With that I must remove my hat and say “Thank you and good-bye you wonderful PTA lady”. You will be dearly missed.
Michigan PTA President
OCTOBER 9, 2012
Featured in Bridge Magazine:
It's Time to Stop Distorting the Truth About Common Core
This Bridge Magazine column garnered thanks and appreciation from State Superintendent Mike Flanagan for Michigan PTA's work to promote implementation of the Common Core State Standards in Michigan.
The article can be found here: http://bridgemi.com/2012/10/guest-column-it%E2%80%99s-time-to-stop-distorting-truth-about-common-core/ . Take the time to read the column and share it with your members and school community.