PTA Advocacy

"The overall purpose of PTA is to make every child's potential a reality by engaging and empowering families and communities to advocate for all children."

The 2017 NYS legislative session has come to an end. 

Please join the Executive Committee of the Garden City PTA as we thank Senator Hannon and Assemblyman Ra for advocating on behalf of Garden City Public Schools and public education this legislative season.

The Garden City PTA, along with GC SEPTA and the Board of Education Legislative Affairs Committee, has been very active in advocacy efforts over the past three years. When parents get involved, Albany listens. Thank you to our members who responded to our calls to action.  

Advocacy works! If you would like to learn more or join our Legislative Committee, contact us at 

Some notable 2017 accomplishments, courtesy of NYSASBO:
  • The good news is the budget keeps the Foundation Aid formula, which had been threatened in the executive budget.  The formula is the path to adequate funding for all students and will allow school districts to better predict their aid year by year. 
  • The formula now provides $17.2 billion in aid to school districts or two-thirds of total school aid.  
  • An increase of $700 million was appropriated for Foundation Aid.  
Some notable 2016 accomplishments:
  • School aid was restored with the elimination of the GEA at long last. For GCPS, that resulted in an increase of $400,000 in school aid for 2016-17.
  • For the second year in a row, Senator Hannon secured a grant to GCPS. In the 2016-17 school year, a grant of $75,000 will be made available to the school district. A total of $175,000 for the past two years!
  • Legislation has passed that requires school districts, in all their occupied buildings, to test drinking water periodically for lead contamination.
  • While we didn’t see a reversal of the 3012-d (APPR) law supported by the Governor for teacher and principal evaluations, or the delinking of compliance from receipt of state aid, a flurry of emergency regulations have come from the New York State Education Department that adjust components of this legislation. As the SED’s panels on the Common Core Learning Standards, state assessments, and the APPR begin their reviews, we must remain alert and informed. Stay connected and informed by reading our updates as they unfold.

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