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Officer / Chair Update April 21
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In This Week's Update:

  • MPTA Announces Call for State Officer Nominations
  • MI ESSA Plan Submitted to US Dept. of Ed
  • 2017 Kids Count Book Is Out
  • Save The Date for MPTA 100thCelebration
  • MPTA July 14-15 Convention Registration Now Open
  • ESSA Newsletter

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Call for Nominations for Michigan PTA Officers & Leaders!

Now is the time to think about who you would want to lead Michigan PTA! Attached you will find the Michigan PTA Nomination forms. Please take a moment and nominate a leader who will continue the hard work on behalf of Michigan's children. Offices open for nomination are:

  • President-Elect
  • Secretary/Treasurer
  • Vice President for Outreach & Support
  • Vice President for Membership
  • Vice President for Children’s Advocacy
  • Vice President for Programs & Services
  • Vice President for Student Involvement
  • Three (3) members, Nominating and Leadership Development Committee
Please remember your recommended Nominee has agreed to be recommended for this Michigan PTA elected office. To download forms and learn more click here

Michigan ESSA Plan Submitted to the U.S. Department of Education

The Michigan Department of Education today submitted the state’s plan to the U.S. Department of Education for the federal Every Student Succeeds Act, signed by State Superintendent Brian Whiston and Governor Rick Snyder.

ESSA is the new federal law that replaced the previous No Child Left Behind Act. Read More

2017 Kids Count Data Book Is Out

What is it like to be a kid growing up in Michigan right now? Yesterday we released the2017Kids Count in Michigan Data Bookto find out.

The book examines 15 indicators of child well-being to see how children are doing around the state. While there have been improvements in several areas since 2008/2009 Read More

Michigan PTA Celebrates 100 Years April 21, 2018

Michigan PTA is celebrating 100 years of advocating for children and public education! Please save the date April 21, 2018 and join us as we celebrate at Lovett Hall !More information soon!

It's Full STEAM Ahead to Michigan PTA's July 14-15 Annual Convention!

Registration is now open for the July 14-15, 2017 Michigan PTA annual convention. This year we are combining Summer Leadership Academy and Convention to deliver an outstanding training and networking event for all Michigan PTA Officers, Leaders and Members.

Register Today& Enjoy 2 Exciting Days Including:

  • Engaging Informative Workshops
  • Inspiring Speakers
  • Networking with other PTA leaders from around the state
  • Celebrate Award Recipients at the Annual Awards Dinner
  • Visit with Exhibitors sharing useful resources
  • Participate in Michigan PTA Officer Election Process
  • Learn new technology from Memberhub!
  • Enter to win a 8 day cruise from our Platinum Partner Carnival Cruise Line!


Thank you to our Platinum Sponsor



What is ESSA?
You may have heard of a new, federal education law that is due to be implemented in the 2017-18 school year. The ESSA or Every Student Succeeds Act is a reauthorization of the 50 year old Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). Before going into the details of ESSA, it will help to look back at the history and intent of ESEA.

Passed in 1965, ESEA was one of the most far reaching federal education programs to ever pass congress. According to the Department of Education, the ESEA was part of President Johnson’s “War on Poverty”.Its aim was to provide each child with equal opportunities to achieve an exceptional education. President Johnson believed that “full educational opportunities” should be “our first national goal”. This legislation focused on vulnerable students by providing grants to districts serving low income students, creating Special Education Centers, and by offering scholarships for low income college students, It also provided grants to state agencies to improve education quality.
Since 1965, ESEA has been reauthorized approximately every 5 years. Some of these reauthorizations have been more far reaching than others.

No Child Left Behind
In 2002, the ESEA was reauthorized in the form of the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) bill. NCLB has been touted as imperative in exposing achievement and opportunity gaps between underserved students and their peers. It also highlighted the importance of accountability in the education system. Unfortunately, its emphasis on test scores and punitive measures, along with a “one-size fits all” approach, made the legislation difficult for the states. Due to these factors, the goal of having all students be proficient in Math and ELA/reading by 2014, was soon seen to be unattainable.

NCLB Waivers and ESSA
To help ease the states frustrations over NCLB’s punitive measures, the department of education began offering waivers to eligible states in 2011. While this helped some, it was obvious that a reauthorization was overdue. ESSA builds on key areas of progress of the other reauthorizations while giving states greater regulatory flexibility.




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