Viewing posts from: June 2014

NCPTA Advocates Attend Governor’s Press Conference on Teacher Compensation

North Carolina PTA leaders attended a press conference about teacher compensation at the Governor’s Mansion on June 25. Governor McCrory, Speaker Tillis, school administrators, teachers and education advocates gathered for an announcement that included a proposal to raise teacher compensation, not cut additional teacher assistants and provide funding for textbooks.

Below are links to media coverage.

News and Observer: http://www.newsobserver.com/2014/06/25/3964062/mccrory-tillis-move-education.html?sp=/99/100/&ihp=1

WRAL: http://www.wral.com/house-mccrory-team-up-on-new-budget-bid/13764786/

NCPTA Invites National PTA to Charlotte

Members of the North Carolina PTA traveled to Austin, Texas last week for the National PTA Convention.

The NCPTA team theme focused on racing as they spread the word about the 2015 National PTA Convention in Charlotte!

Make plans now to join us!

Mark Your 2015 Calendars
NCPTA Parent Education Conference, Raleigh, April 17-18
National PTA Convention, Charlotte, June 25-28

Local PTA Presents at National PTA Convention

Dr. Camille Hedrick, principal of Apex Middle School and Kathi Welch of Apex Middle PTA presented at the 2014 National PTA conference in Austin, Texas. They shared ideas for building a better middle school.

Apex Middle PTA has been a recipient of PTA grants for strengthening family-school partnerships and healthy school initiatives.

 

 

Local PTAs Display Distinguished Awards Signs


Recently we gave signs to award-winning PTAs to proudly display across North Carolina, and they’re already popping up in various places. Be sure to send us a photo of your sign!

If you are interested in learning more about the NCPTA annual awards, read up on past awards and tune in next fall for the updated awards list for 2014-2015.

Two North Carolina PTA Councils Win $10,000 Grants

Cumberland County PTA Council and Wake County PTA Council were both selected by National PTA to receive the Smart from the Start: Community Outreach grant for $10,000.

Smart from the Start: Community Outreach provides PTA regions, districts and councils with tools and resources to educate families of children ages 3-5 and partner with a local neighborhood community to improve awareness of energy balance concepts. Energy balance is finding a balance between the calories we consume through what we eat and drink and the calories we burn through physical activity.

Learn more.

 

NCPTA Announces 2013-2014 Annual Award Recipients

NCPTA is excited to announce the recipients of the 2013-14 Annual Awards Program.  The following PTAs and individuals were recognized during our Parent Education and Leadership Conference on Friday, May 30.

More photos are posted in an album on the North Carolina PTA Facebook page.


Administrator of the Year Award
  • Tony Watlington, Central Region Superintendent, Guilford County Schools
Community Partner Award
  • First Baptist Church-West and the Charlotte Community Services Association, Mecklenburg County
Gwin Hughes Healthful Living Award
  • Highcroft Drive Elementary PTA, March into Good Choices Program, Wake County
Heroes and Helpers Award
  • Dondrill McFarland, Counselor, Vandalia Elementary School, Guilford County
Oak Leaf Award
  •   North Carolina Association of School Administrators
Outstanding Student Service Award
  •   Safe Haven Eighth Grade Class Program, Centennial Campus Middle School, Wake County
Outstanding Volunteer Award
  •   Jonathan and Crissy Edwards, Edwin Alderman Elementary PTA, New Hanover County
Principal of the Year Award
  •   Chad O. Thomas, Bailey Middle School, Mecklenburg County
School Nurse Award
  • Anita Alday, Summerfield Elementary PTA, Guilford County
Teacher of the Year Award
  • Zachary Becker, Cumberland International Early College High, Cumberland County
Membership Enrollment Recognitions

President’s Membership Award

  • Charles Erwin Middle School PTA, Rowan County

Gold Acorn Award

  • John Codington Elementary PTA, New Hanover County
  • Early College at Guilford PTSA, Guilford County

Ruby Acorn Award

  • Bailey Middle School PTA, Mecklenburg County
  • John Codington Elementary School PTA, New Hanover County
  • Grand Oak Elementary PTA, Mecklenburg County
  • Howard Hall Elem. School PTA, Cumberland County
  • Isaac Bear Early College High School PTSA, New Hanover County
  • Benjamin Martin Elementary PTA, Cumberland County
  • Myrtle Grove Middle School PTSA, New Hanover County
  • North Topsail Elementary School PTA, Pender County
  • Northern Elementary School PTA, Guilford County
  • Northern Guilford High School PTSA, Guilford County
  • Northern Guilford Middle School PTSA, Guilford County
  • Oak Hill Elementary School PTA, Guilford County
  • Olive Chapel Elementary School PTA, Wake County
  • Parsley Elementary School PTA, New Hanover County
  • Emma Trask Middle School PTA, New Hanover County
Achievement Awards – Councils

Distinguished

  • Guilford County Council of PTAs
  • Wake County PTA Council
Achievement Awards – Local Units

Superior

  • Emma Trask Middle School PTSA, New Hanover County

Distinguished

  • Aycock Middle School PTA, Guilford County
  • Bailey Middle School PTA, Mecklenburg County
  • Brewster Middle School PTA, Onslow County
  • Centennial Campus Middle School PTA, Wake County
  • John Codington Elementary School PTA, New Hanover County
  • Cumberland International Early College High PTSA, Cumberland County
  • Durant Road Elementary School PTA, Wake County
  • Highcroft Drive Elementary PTA, Wake County
  • David D. Jones Elementary School PTA, Guilford County
  • Lake Rim Elementary School PTA, Cumberland County
  • Benjamin Martin Elementary School PTA, Cumberland County
  • Mary McArthur Elementary School PTA, Cumberland County
  • Morehead Elementary School PTA, Guilford County
  • Myrtle Grove Middle School PTSA, New Hanover County
  • Northern Elementary School PTA, Guilford County
  • Northern Guilford High School PTSA, Guilford County
  • Northern Guilford Middle School PTSA, Guilford County
  • Northwood Elementary School PTA, Guilford County
  • Oaklawn Language Academy PTA, Mecklenburg County
  • Olive Chapel Elementary School PTA, Wake County
  • Seventy First High School PTA, Cumberland County
  • Shughart Elementary School PTA, Harnett County
  • Southern Guilford High School PTSA, Guilford County
  • Sternberger Elementary School PTA, Guilford County
  • Summerfield Elementary PTA, Guilford County
  • Vandalia Elementary School PTA, Guilford County

Outstanding

  • Mountain Island Elementary School PTA, Mecklenburg County
  • Oak Hill Elementary School PTA, Guilford County

 

NCPTA Advocacy Positions on Proposed Senate Budget

The State Senate voted to pass its proposed budget on May 31.  Attention now turns to the House of Representatives as its leaders develop its proposed State budget.  Here are some of the budget advocacy items that NCPTA is working on:

1.  NCPTA strongly advocates for increased teacher compensation to ensure that North Carolina teacher compensation is regionally competitive and that North Carolina attracts the best and brightest students to enter and stay in the teaching profession.  North Carolina ranks 47th in the United States in teacher compensation.  We can do better for our teachers and our children.

2.  NCPTA opposes the Senate budget’s proposed $233 million cut to teacher assistants.  Teacher assistants are not only needed in Kindergarten and first grade but also in second and third grades.  The proposed cuts would eliminate teacher assistant positions in second and third grades.

3.  NCPTA opposes the significant proposed cuts to driver education programs in North Carolina and opposes the $28.6 million cut from transportation services.

4.  NCPTA opposes proposed cuts to 70 school nurse positions.

Proposed Senate Budget Includes Teacher Pay Raise

The North Carolina Senate released a $21.2 billion proposed budget on May 28 that provides for an average 11% pay raise for teachers in North Carolina who agree to give up their tenure.  If this proposed increase is adopted, North Carolina would move from 47th to 27th in teacher pay in the United States and move North Carolina ahead of Virginia, Tennessee, and South Carolina in teacher compensation.