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New Website Focusing on Students in Temporary Housing

The New York State Technical and Education Assistance Center for Homeless Students (NYS-TEACHS) -- Advocates for Children's project focused on students in temporary housing -- has a new website which provides information, referrals, and training to parents, schools, school districts, social service providers, and others about the educational rights of children and youth experiencing homelessness throughout New York State. Information includes:

  • Information on topics like enrollment, transportation, and access to higher education;
  • Trauma-sensitivity resources of the month;
  • Answers to frequently asked questions;
  • Downloadable forms and templates for schools;
  • Recorded webinars and information on upcoming trainings;
  • Data and statistics on students in temporary housing;
  • And more



Need Help Building a PA/PTA Website?

Is your PA/PTA interested in creating a website but doesn't have a parent able to take on the project? You can get professional, free assistance through Taproot+ — a program of the Taproot Foundation.  Taproot+ is an online matchmaking platform that connects nonprofits with professionals skilled in information technology (as well as marketing, IT, HR, business strategy, and finance) who share their expertise pro bono. If your PA/PTA would like to be paired with a Taproot+ skilled volunteer, or would like more information, we’ll connect you with Taproot+. Just send us an email at [email protected], including “website” in the subject heading, and let us know your needs.

To find out what's involved in building a PA/PTA website, read our how-to guide on this topc.


Apply for a Citizens Committee of New York Green Team Grant

Citizens Committee is collaborating with the New York City Department of Sanitation to award grants of up to $1,000 for projects carried out by public school green teams. Examples of projects include building or expanding a school garden, enhancing a school recycling program, creating school sustainability events, purchasing eco-friendly giveaway items, and providing uniforms/t-shirts for the Green Team.

Deadline: Friday, November 16, 2018, 5 pm


The DOE will have a new Deputy Chancellor

Chancellor Carranza has hired Hydra Mendoza, a former colleague from San Francisco, to fill the newly created role of deputy chancellor of community empowerment, partnerships, and communications. She will oversee the Office of Family and Community Empowerment (FACE).


Thinking about creating a PA/PTA Facebook group?

Here's a sample PA/PTA Facebook policy that you can adapt to suit your PA/PTA prepared with help from nonprofit and intellectual properly law attorneys.


Thinking about Incorporating or Becoming a 501(c)(3)?

If your PA/PTA is wondering what it means to become incorporated or obtain tax-exempt status, take a look at this section of the website

Learn how your PA/PTA can receive free legal assistance to help with either process, or another legal issue, through New York Lawyer's for the Public Interest's Pro Bono Clearinghouse.


New York City Public School System Will Get a New Leader

Carmen Farina is stepping down at Chancellor of NYC public schools.


"Hidden Money The Outsized Role of Parent Contributions in School Finance"

This report by the Center for American Progress discusses the impact PTA-supported school funding, particularly what it means for disadvantaged students.


ioby bog: Fundraising if you're not a 501(c)(3)

Read ioby's piece on how organizations that are not 501(c)(3)s can raise funds through crowdfunding. 


November Newsletter

Read our latest newsletter.


Fundraising Ideas from the author of "Beyond the Bake Sale"

This piece on PTOToday profiles Beyond the Bake Sale: The Ultimate School Fundraising Book author Jean Joachim, and offers fundraising ideas from the book.


Highlights from CPAC's August Meeting

Read about the highlights and takeaways from the latest Chancellor's Parent Advisory Council (CPAC) meeting.


New PA/PTA Bylaws Template

The DOE recently issued its updated PA/PTA Bylaws Template. If your PA/PTA does not have bylaws or needs to revise theirs, the template is a good place to start. It's also available in other languages on the DOE's website.


NY Times: "A PTA Gift For Someone Else's Child? A Touchy Subject in CA"

Several years, the Santa Monica-Malibu school board came up with a solution to PTA inequality: pooling the gains from PTA fundraising across the district and distributing the funds equally among all schools. But not all parents are pleased with the plan.


NY Times: "Anger of Principal Prompts Parents to Occupy an East Harlem School Over Night"

Conflict between parents and the principal at an East Harlem school has escalated to the point where some parents said they would remain overnight at the school until the principal resigned.


Chancellor's Regulation A-660 has been revised

PA/PTA leaders should review the new CR A-660 to make sure they understand their PA/PTA's rights and the organization's practices are in compliance. The PDF contains a summary of the changes.