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In This Issue
Upcoming Events

July 22-24, 2016
NYS PTA Summer Leadership Conference
Utica, NY

November 11-13, 2016
NYS PTA 120th Annual Convention
Saratoga Springs, NY

School Budget Votes and School Board Elections – They’re Right Around the Corner
Gracemarie Rozea, 1st Vice President

It’s important to remind your membership to go out to vote in the upcoming school budget and school board elections.

There are some VERY IMPORTANT reminders for PTAs to keep in mind during this process. PTA is nonpartisan, which means PTA cannot support or oppose candidates, including those running for school board.

In order for a unit to take a position on a proposed budget in the name of the unit, a vote of its general membership must be taken. A special meeting may be called if necessary.

For a council to take a position on a proposed budget in the name of the council, an instructed vote is required. The proper process must be followed for an instructed vote.

For in-depth information on this topic, please see pages 10-16 of the Advocacy section of the Resource Guide. Click here to access the section.

REFLECTIONS: Celebrate the ARTS!!
Joan Wabnik, Programs Coordinator

Plan a Reflections celebration and showcase all student entries. This will encourage students to participate in the National PTA Reflections program.

Invite school leaders, student artists and their families. This wonderful celebration will encourage participation and reinforce the importance of the arts in your schools. Plan a Reflections celebration in your school. Promote next year’s Reflections theme.

PARP Award Deadline Is Coming Up
Stephanie Avidon, PARP Specialist

You could be a winner! If you hosted a successful PARP program during the 2015-2016 school year, please don't forget to share your program details with us.


For the award application (and all the details), click here or visit (under Your PTA – Pick A Reading Partner section).


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