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Save the Date:Idaho PTA State Convention
Pocatello, Idaho....April 7-8, 2017
In This Issue
Quick Links
Idaho PTA Website
Idaho Ed News
ID State Dept of Education
PTA Exclusives
GoFundMe   to raise money for education
One Maine PTA in 2016 to build a playground for their school. 
Another PTA is using a    GoFundMe to fund an outdoor
 education overnight field trip.
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Facebook  to see how you and your friends made a difference in 2016!
Then, check out the   2016 Giving Report   to see the global impact of the GoFundMe community's 25 million donors and 2 million organizers.
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February 2017
Dear PTA Member & Friend of PTA,
Thank you for all who attended our annual Legislative Day at the Capitol. The weather kept many from Eastern Idaho away (we missed you!) but those who did attend gained some fantastic insight. In the morning our main topics were nutrition as defined by the USDA & Idaho Department of Education and we also heard from a non-profit, Feed the Gap, who is doing something about it. Click on the link to get more information. The afternoon session was internet safety and we heard from a lobby group who is helping to promote the KIDS (Keep Idaho Safe) Act to help limit adult content sent to minor's electronic devices. The Attorney General's office was also present and showed us how they try to get the cyber bullies and bad people who want to harm our children. Powerful stuff....

Our mission at Idaho PTA is to  support & speak on behalf of children in the school, our c ommunities, before governmental bodies and other organizations that
make decisions affecting children. Idaho PTA is also actively promoting resources to parents to help develop the skills they need to raise and protect their children and to encourage parent and public involvement in the public schools of our state and in the nation.
Fed Education Secretary Confirmation Feb 7th
Betsy DeVos's is the nominee for the Federal Secretary of Education and the confirmation vote is scheduled for noon Tuesday, February 7th. Read the Story Here
National PTA has strong concerns regarding Betsy DeVos' nomination. In response, we have issued several statements and sent letters to members of congress in support of public education, reiterating our longstanding opposition to private school vouchers. 
Read the letters to policymakers that National PTA signed on regarding the nomination of Ms. DeVos. Idaho PTA will be watching the progress of this nomination very closely on behalf of our members.

The Idaho Department of Education 

continues to accept feedback through February 

on the most recent draft of the

 ESSA Consolidated State Plan 

and updated timeline.  

The most recent draft and timeline are posted on the Every Student Succeeds Act State Plan webpage.

Dairy council awards local schools grants for wellness programs.
The Idaho Dairy Council is giving 31 Idaho schools grants to support their Fuel Up to Play 60 initiatives. Hundreds of schools from across the country applied for funding to help them start and sustain healthy nutrition and physical activity improvements
Take Your Family to School Week is Next Week!
For over 120 years, National PTA has been encouraging families to get more involved in their child's education. Are you ready celebrate 
Take Your Family to School Week-Feb. 13-17!

Don't forget to promote your event!
Use our promotional fliers, posters, invitation letters and social media messages to generate excitement and awareness for your Take Your Family to School Week at PTA.org/TYFTSW.
Make sure to tag your social media posts with the hashtag #PTAProud so other PTAs can see them!
Want to brag about your event?
We'd love to hear from you! Submit your story to PTA.org/PTAProud
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