Voter Registration Drive

Calling All Our PTAs

Last Day to Register to Vote- October 11, 2016 by 4:00 p.m.

The deadline to register to vote or make address or name changes for the General Election KRS 116.045(2)

We are NOT in support of any candidate or political party, this is ONLY a Voter Registration Drive!

 

Dear PTA Leader,

We ask that you check with your principal to see if you can hold a Voter Registration Drive at your schools Open House, Parent /Teacher Conference or any other school event you might have before October 10, 2016.

A kit is being sent to your school with the following enclosures:

  • Voter registration forms
  • Manila envelope, pre-addressed to Election Center that the voter registration forms can be placed in once they are completed
  • Each school building has a JCTA Representative that will return the pre-addressed Election Center envelope to be mailed in by October 10, 2016

To be eligible to register to vote, you must:

  • Be a citizen of the United States and be 18 or older on or before the General Election November 8, 2016
  • Not be a convicted felon. If you have been convicted of a felony, your civil rights must have been restored
  • Not have been judged “mentally incompetent” in a court of law
  • New registrations, address changes, or name changes must be made no later than October 11, 2016 for the November 8, 2016 General Election.

What will be on the November 8, 2016 Ballot:

  • President of the United States of America
  • Jefferson County Board of Education- Districts 2, 4 and 7
  • Metro Council
  • US Senator
  • US Representative
  • State Senator
  • State Representative
  • Justice of the Supreme Court
  • Circuit Judge
  • District Judge
  • Circuit Judge Family Court
  • And Other Offices

Download PDF: voter registration drive flyer

Board Trainings

Please join us for our upcoming “Community Wide Board Trainings”.

August 17th.  12-2 Shawnee Library

August 31st.   6-8 Indian Trail Elementary

September 8th 12-2 Southwest Library

September 19th 6-8 Southwest Library

October 5th 6-8  Bon Air library

October 18th 12-2  Fern Creek Library

November 1st 6-8  Central High School

November 15th 12-2  Jeffersontown Library

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August 2016 Newsletter

PTAOctNews15_Page_1District News!

Hot off the Press!!

Our 15th District PTA August newsletter has been mailed to all PTA Officers. An electronic copy of the August Newsletter is available for you to share with all your members.

Please make sure we have your updated officer’s list by completing the attached form. Please email it to sharon.whitworth@jefferson.kyschools.us or fax to 502-485-7062.

Reflections Note Cards Now Available

Purchase your Reflections note cards today!

The 2014-2015 Reflections theme was “The World Would Be A Better Place If…”.  And now you can send thank you notes, greeting cards, or send an entire set to someone as a gift! Click here to order.

 

ALERT: Financial Review Form New Deadline July 15th Per KDE Redbook

ALERT New Deadline: Kentucky PTA fiscal year is July 1st through June 30th, so it will be necessary to plan ahead and be prepared to meet submission requirements.
• Submit Financial Review Form to Principal of your School per Kentucky Department of Education Accounting Procedures Redbook Regulations. Each PTA/PTSA must submit an annual financial report to Principal of your School by July 15th.
• Mail Financial Review Form to Kentucky PTA, 148 Consumer Lane, Frankfort, KY 40601 per local unit bylaws by July 15th.
Financial Review Form 2015 2016

ACTION ALERT #3 – Flexible Funding

March 21, 2016

Kentucky Education Action Team (KEAT)
Weekly Budget Messages:
THIRD KEAT ACTION ALERT

For three weeks the Kentucky PTA is sending its members messages regarding the Governor’s proposed education budget cuts. Each week we will focus on a different program that if cut will directly affect our students’ education.

Here is a template letter for the third week’s budget focus: Flexible Funding. We are asking that you send this letter to your Senate or House Representative.

  • Feel free to add your own personal experience with each program and more information about how you feel it benefits the state and our children.
  • If you do ask for a response, please make sure to include your email address, phone number, address and/or other contact information.
  • Please share any responses you receive from legislators with Sharon Whitworth, Kentucky PTA Legislative Commissioner at swhitwo1@aol.com .

It is vital that we reach out to our legislators at this crucial time. We appreciate all that you do for the children of Kentucky.

Cherie Dimar
Kentucky PTA President

ACTION ALERT #2 – Funding for Preschools

March 14, 2016

Kentucky Education Action Team (KEAT)
Weekly Budget Messages:
SECOND KEAT ACTION ALERT

For three weeks the Kentucky PTA is sending its members messages regarding the Governor’s proposed education budget cuts. Each week we will focus on a different program that if cut will directly affect our students’ education.

Here is a template letter for the second week’s budget cut: funding for preschools. We are asking that you send this letter to your Senate or House Representative.

  • Feel free to add your own personal experience with each program and more information about how you feel it benefits the state and our children.
  • If you do ask for a response, please make sure to include your email address, phone number, address and/or other contact information.
  • Please share any responses you receive from legislators with Sharon Whitworth, Kentucky PTA Legislative Commissioner at swhitwo1@aol.com .

It is vital that we reach out to our legislatures at this crucial time. We appreciate all that you do for the children of Kentucky.

Cherie Dimar
Kentucky PTA President

ACTION ALERT #1 – Funding for FRYSCs

March 9, 2016

Kentucky Education Action Team (KEAT)
Weekly Budget Messages:

For the next three weeks we will be sending you messages regarding the Governor’s proposed education budget cuts. Each week we will focus on a different program that if cut will directly affect our students’ education.

Here is a template letter for the first week’s budget cut: Funding for FRYSCs. We are asking that you send this letter to your Senator and House Representative.

  • Feel free to add your own personal experience with each program and more information about how you feel it benefits the state and our children.
  • If you do ask for a response, please make sure to include your email address, phone number, address and/or other contact information.
  • Please share any responses you receive from legislators with Sharon Whitworth, Kentucky PTA Legislative Commissioner at swhitwo1@aol.com .

It is vital that we reach out to our legislatures at this crucial time. We appreciate all that you do for the children of Kentucky.

Cherie Dimar
Kentucky PTA President

Papa John’s Fundraiser

Papa Johns FlierFrom February 29, 2016 thru March 13, 2016 Papa Johns Pizza will give customers 20% off their online order AND
donate 10% of the total order to the 15th District PTA, AND an additional 10% to each school using a specific online promo code.

The code for 15th District PTA is 15DISTRICT.

Below is a list of codes for all of our other PTA units.

JCPS 15th District Website copyPlace your order via a Papa John’s app or online at www.papajohns.com.

At the end of the promotion, Papa John’s will do a printout of each schools 10% they earned during the promotion period.  ONE check is being cut to 15th District PTA and we will pay out the individual units.

In addition Papa Johns will be delivering fliers to each of our schools with specific codes to that school so they can send home with each student.  Hopefully this will be a successful fundraiser for the 15th District PTA, as well as our local PTA units.

Offer good online only for regular menu price orders.  Not valid with any other coupons or discounts.  Limited delivery area (Louisville and some surrounding areas).  Delivery fee may apply and is not subject to discount offer.  Customer responsible for all applicable taxes.

Kentucky Education Action Team 2016 Legislative Priorities

Kids Can't WaitKEAT supports increased funding for all P-12 public school students as an urgent priority for the Commonwealth.

While KEAT supports more funding for all school programs, we specifically support increases to address three critical needs in the 2016 Kentucky General Assembly.

Adopt a funding plan for the Kentucky Teachers’ Retirement System.

A sound pension system helps recruit and retain quality teachers. KEAT urges the governor and legislature to enact a plan that will assure adequate funding for KTRS to eliminate its current accumulated unfunded liability within the next thirty years. The single largest strain on Kentucky’s budget is this obligation to current teachers and retirees. Kentucky teachers do not participate in Social Security so their KTRS benefits are their only economic safety net.

Provide more children with high quality early education.

High quality early childhood education is critical to a child’s success in school and in life. Such programs reduce achievement gaps and increase graduation rates, leveling the playing field for all our children. They help assure that Kentucky will have an educated workforce. Increasing the eligibility for public funding for preschool services to families whose income is at or below 200% of the federal poverty level will expand these services to 15,000 more four-year olds.

Assure safe transportation to and from school for our students.

As student transportation costs have continued to increase, funding has not. Aging buses and additional demands for bus safety increase needs. School districts have diverted general state and local school funding to safely transport students. The state currently reimburses less than 60% of the cost of student transportation, in a program designed to reimburse the full cost. If the state provides more funding, diverted state and local funds can be redirected to other pressing student needs.


Rationale:

Kentucky Teachers Retirement System

An adequately funded teacher pension system benefits students, local communities, and the Commonwealth.  The promise of a good pension helps us recruit and retain quality teachers. Each community benefits from the contributions of retired teachers, as they spend their pensions and their volunteer energies locally. With an accumulated unfunded liability of approximately $14 billion and a funded status of 55.3%, resources required to meet the Commonwealth’s obligations to current and retired teachers place a significant strain on the state budget. The lack of a plan to address KTRS’ funded status makes meeting other budget priorities much more challenging. It also decreases the state’s credit rating.

Early Childhood Education

High quality preschool for our at-risk children is characterized by developmentally appropriate curriculum and high standards for teaching, health and safety. Such early education provides a solution for our persistent gap issues. Research clearly shows that our best return on investment is during the early years, birth through age five.  The cost of later remediation and incarceration far exceeds intervening early. Collaboration among schools and child care providers can accommodate expanding enrollment and provide children and parents with a full-day, year-round program. As a result, more children will be ready for kindergarten and success throughout school and life.

Safe Transportation

As fuel, driver pay, bus purchases, insurance, repairs and other costs have increased, the state’s reimbursement for student transportation has stayed flat, reducing the funding level well below 100%. Pupil transportation, as a component of the SEEK formula, was designed be fully funded by the state. As state transportation funding as a proportion of the total cost has declined, school districts have been forced to divert other state and local funds to assure that students are safely transported to and from school.

FY Percent Funded   FY Percent Funded
2002 100% 2009 66%
2003 100% 2010 70%
2004 100% 2011 65%
2005 96% 2012 63%
2006 89% 2013 60%
2007 81% 2014 59%
2008 79% 2015 59%

What You Can Do:

  1. Locate and contact your legislators.
  2. Print and sign This Letter to Legislators or write your own and deliver it to the 15th District PTA Office by 2:00 pm Jan. 13. We will hand deliver the letters to Frankfort on Jan. 14 during Children’s Advocacy Day.
  3. Explain the importance of funding education to friends, neighbors, family members, coworkers, and have them call their legislators, as well.
  4. Share this post via email and on social media (links are below).

Main Message: Our Kids Can’t Wait

  • Our students get just one chance at a high quality education
  • Kentucky has raised the expectations for student performance
  • Funding to support student achievement continues to decline

The Bottom Line:

  • The future of our children and of our state requires more P12 funding