Leadership Louisville Center accepting applications for 2019 Bingham Fellows class

IT TAKES A VILLAGE – Mobilizing community for student achievement For so long our community has been aware of the challenges faced by our kids, from arriving at kindergarten ready to learn to staying engaged as they advance towards graduation and the workforce. Now is a critical time to rally together to impact student success. … Read moreLeadership Louisville Center accepting applications for 2019 Bingham Fellows class

Advocacy Update

Please be aware of these upcoming opportunities:

1. The State Advisory Council for Gifted and Talented Education will meet this Wednesday, November 15 from 9 am to 3 pm ET in Room 514, 300 Sower Blvd, in Frankfort. See news release for more information and agenda, and please consider attending. Note: Manual has more GT students (1518 – 80% in 2016/17) than any other school in the state – including Craft and Gatton – combined, actually! We should have representation on the Council. In spite of this statistic, we’ve had just ONE teacher with an EPSB endorsement for teaching GT: Mrs. Strohmayer, ECE department chair. The GT endorsement provides additional training in instructional design and how to meet the needs of talented students – including social/emotional. Under state law, GT students are technically ECE students.

2. Charter Schools. A public hearing on the following proposed administrative regulations will be held on November 21 at 10 am, Room 116, 300 Sower Blvd, Frankfort. Individuals interested in being heard at this hearing shall notify this agency in writing by 5 workdays prior to the hearing, of their intent to attend. If no notification of intent to attend the hearing is received by that date, the hearing may be cancelled. This hearing is open to the public. Any person who wishes to be heard will be given an opportunity to comment on the proposed administrative regulation. See KDE’s website for more info.

3. The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) is seeking feedback on proposed Bible Literacy Standards. See news release for further information.

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Your Input Requested Regarding JCPS Superintendent Position

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What characteristics do you think are important for the new JCPS Superintendent to have?

Please respond to Pinky Jackson, Manual PTSA Advocacy Chair by THIS SUNDAY, 4/23/17.

The Manual PTSA Advocacy Committee wants to ensure that your input is heard as the Board of Education selects an interim Superintendent, and then processes the hiring of the new Superintendent.

We will be seeking information from students, teachers, parents, staff, family members, and other Manual community members, so please share this request with those folks in your network.

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League of Women Voters Presents: “What’s Happening With Charters”

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The public is invited to join the League of Women Voters for a Dinner and Democracy Panel Discussion on What’s Happening with Charter Schools.

Charter legislation WILL be on the agenda this legislative session, so it’s important that we all be as informed as possible.

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JCPS School Board Candidates’ Forum

The 15th District PTA is hosting a School Board Candidates’ Forum on Wednesday, October 26, 2016. Since duPont Manual High School is a magnet, Manual has students from all seven JCPS districts. Three districts will be having elections and the results may impact Manual High School. Please consider attending the forum and on election day supporting the candidate who shares your ideals. The Forum will be held at VanHoose Education Center located at 3332 Newburg Road in Stewart Auditorium. The districts electing representation are Districts 2, 4, and 7.

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CALL TO ACTION: Possible Budget Cuts

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The Manual PTSA Advocacy Committee has been working to understand the implications to our students, and to schools throughout the district, if the schools’ budgets are cut. Please read the information below for details and contact information for the district, state, and school leaders that need to hear from you. Share your input, then join us a the rally tomorrow (6:30pm, Westport Middle School gym) and/or the board meeting on Monday (6:45pm, Vanhoose Education Center).

I have pasted the text below, but if you click here you will go to the Google doc, where you can add your comments directly into the document that we are taking to the Rally to Restore Education Funding tomorrow. PLEASE respond by noon tomorrow if possible. And, forward it to everyone you know. It applies to all schools. and I am happy to provide other PTSAs with an editor copy that they can customize for their school. Just have them email their name and school to manualptsa@gmail.com.

Here is the URL: https://goo.gl/t7dQmt for the doc in case you need it.

In gratitude for our work together to serve all students,

Pinky Jackson

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