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Officer Chair Update 10-26-17
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ThursdayOctober 26, 2017
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10:00am MIPTA President's Webinar


Veteran's Day - Veterans - Thank You For Your Service to the USA and Michigan PTA


10:00 am - Standards of Affiliation Day



"PAM Conference" Parenting Awareness Conference East Lansing - Kellogg Center




First Annual MIPTA Service Project - Festival of the Trees

Hello Michigan PTA Local Officers,

Just a quickThank Youfor all you do for PTA and the children of Michigan!

One of our goals at Michigan PTA is to provide you with tools that are useful, and that help you easily run your local meetings and units.

Please take this quick survey to help us improve your newest toolMemberhub by clicking here.

Memberhub was introduced in late summer as a local unit tool to process officers, members and good standing documents. The end result is immediate membership cards for your members.

The Memberhub tool has additional optional features which may be used by your local unit/council like:

  • Online Credit Card Processing
  • Broadcast Email To Your Members
  • Document Sharing
  • Shared Calendar of Events & more...

We truly value your feedback so we can improve and provide more innovative programs and tools for your local PTA!Click here to take the Memberhub survey now.

Thank you again for all your hard work!

Mary Clegg

Director,Michigan PTA

Michigan PTA supports theChildren's Health Insurance Plan (CHIP) Reauthorization

Michigan PTA recently sent letters to Michigan Congressional Representativesrequesting theirsupport forthe reauthorization of the bipartisan Children's Health Insurance Plan.The Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) provides health coverage to eligible children, through both Medicaid and separate CHIP programs. CHIP is administered by states, according to federal requirements. The program is funded jointly by states and the federal government.
CHIP will operatethrough the first of the year with a projected exhaustion of funding for Michigan in June of 2018. We've asked Michigan Congressional Representatives toplease consider the impact that reauthorization would have on the children that live throughout Michigan and specifically, low-incomechildren that will be disproportionately impacted by the lack of funding for CHIP.

Weekly Newsletter

Supporting your child in today’s academic environment

This newsletter series has presented information on College and Career Ready Standards (CCRS), the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), and Assessments. These topics are important to understand the current academic condition in Michigan. However, what we, as parents, really want to know is how can we help our child succeed in this academic environment?


The parent’s impact on student success

Multiple studies have shown that students achieve more when families are engaged in the learning process. Whether you volunteer at your child’s school, communicate regularly with your child’s teacher, encourage and support your child’s learning at home, or advocate for school improvement at the district or state level, your efforts are likely to positively impact your child. Michigan PTA advocates for family engagement by providing support, education and resources on effective ways parents can become involved. National PTA states in their family engagement guide that “your child has the right to attend and succeed in a great public school.” All children are entitled to an education that will help them reach their full academic, professional and personal potential. Michigan PTA recognizes that as parents and guardians, you are .the best advocate to ensure this will happen.


Student success with college and career ready standards

College and Career Ready Standards can help our children succeed after graduation, in either higher education or the work force. However, higher standards must be implemented properly to be effective. Go to your school’s curriculum night and check that lesson’s and textbooks are aligned with the state’s academic standards. In Michigan, these are the Common Core State Standards. Check with your school and district that teachers are receiving adequate professional development to teach to the Standards. For a clear, concise description of what your child is expected to know at each grade level, you can download PTA’s Parent Guide for Student SuccessHere.

These guides are separated into grade levels and apply to all states using the Common Core State Standards. Local PTA units should invite Michigan PTA to present on CCRS or ESSA or, you could host college and career member education event using thishandy tool kit.For further ideas on how to engage around college and career ready standards,download The 5 Pillars for success here.


Engaging families in ESSA

The Every Student Succeeds Act Requires more parent involvement than ever before. Under this act, Parents need to be meaningfully consulted regarding ESSA implementation at the state and local level. This includes involvement in setting accountability measures. Title 1 schools must have a written family engagement policy and 1% of funding needs to be set aside for family engagement activities. You can advocate for your child and others under ESSA by doing these things:

·Join PTA

·Understand what ESSA means for your child

·Volunteer to serve on your child’s school improvement plan

References and Resources to use now

What is College and Career Readiness

US Dept of Ed College and Career Ready

Parent Guides to Student Success

Making Sure Your Child Gets the Education

They Deserve

Helping Your Teen Succeed in High School

ESSA Overview

Family Engagement in ESSA

ESSA: What Does This Law Mean For

My Child



Form 990 is Due Soon!

The IRS expects you to file your 990 form by the 15th day of the fifth month following the end of your fiscal year.

For most units, that means 990s must be filed byNovember 15.

If you don't know how to file your 990, pleaseclick here:

Upon completion, the IRS will send you an email. Remember to forward that email

Michigan PTA will keep it on file in your unit's records.

File your 990! It isn't just a good idea; it's the law!


Have Questions About Standards of Affiliation?

Don't Miss Michigan PTA's
Standards of Affiliation DAY!
November 11, 2017
Need questions answered about your 990 Form, EIN number, Audit, Bylaws and all the other standards of affiliation for your local unit?
Then this day is for you!
Get your questions answered by Michigan PTA board of director members.
Submit your documents in person!

RememberSaturday November 11th is

U.S. Department of Education rescinding 72 guidelines on special education policy and issues

The U.S. Department of Education (ED) published arescinding 72 documentthat provides guidelines on special education policy and issues. The followinginformation is from National PTA regarding this issue:

Summary of ED Action

In February, the President signedExecutive Order 13777, titledEnforcing the Regulatory Reform Agenda.The Executive Order provided an opportunity for ED to examine whether the regulatoryrequirements they have placed on grantees ultimately help promote academic excellence and enhance equitable educational opportunities for all of America's children and families. ED followed the Executive Order and reviewed their guidance and regulation documents from 1980 to 2014 and decided torescind 72 guidance documents pertaining to special education policy that were “outdated, unnecessary, or ineffective.”

The Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services has never completed a review of their archives so, the first phase of their review process was to clean house of old documents that do not relate to current programs or funding as well as documents that have been replaced by updated guidance in recent years. At the present time, all 72 documentsthat were rescinded do not contain guidance pertainingto current laws or regulations.


At this time, National PTA is NOT issuing advocacy alerts or taking any further action as the 72 rescinded documents do not affect current policies or regulations that are in place. However, we have been told that there will be a phase two of guidance and regulation review that may affect current law. We will be monitoring phase two of ED’s review and will alert our members if current regulations are expected to change.

MIPTA Celebrating 100 Years in 2018!

Michigan PTA is celebrating it's Centennial in 2018!Here's fun fact number 32from Michigan PTA History:

33. What was the theme of the 1933 Michigan Congress of Parents and Teachers 16thAnnual Convention?


The conservation of children’s rights; a challenge to parents and teachers.


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