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MCCPTA Advocacy Action Alert

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PTA and MCCPTA leaders, members, and many of their students, as well as County Executive Ike Leggett, Superintendent Josh Starr, and many members of the Board of Education and County Council are heading to Annapolis TONIGHT, March 6th, in support of additional state funds for our county’s critical construction needs.  Our Montgomery Delegation will be there to greet us, and get us updated on the status of legislation critical to our kids.  Our field trip is making the news; CLICK HERE to read and view recent coverage.  Then, come tonight, and be part of tomorrow’s story!

There is almost nothing more important you can do to win construction dollars for our schools than bringing your friends, neighbors, grandparents, and students to Maryland PTA Night in Annapolis tonight.  If your school is over capacity or has critical maintenance needs, you should be there to tell non-Montgomery County legislators your story.  Bring the kids, let THEM tell their story.  These legislators don’t get it.  Yet.  You can help make them understand.

Drive to Annapolis and meet us around 6 p.m. on Lawyers Mall OR grab one of the remaining seats on one a school bus MCCPTA is sending from five points throughout Montgomery County; CLICK HERE for details and links to check for available seats to  ride free from Bethesda, Germantown, Poolesville, Rockville, or Silver Spring.  Hurry, seats are almost gone!  A full schedule of events AVAILABLE HERE.

And please don’t forget, all adults will need a valid photo ID to get into the state buildings in Annapolis; BRING YOUR PHOTO ID.  Also, a reminder, middle and high school students can earn SSL hours by joining us; students under 18 must be accompanied by parent(s) or guardian(s). CLICK HERE for more information on this SSL opportunity.

Dress warmly, and together let’s show Annapolis what PTA in Montgomery County is all about!

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Message from the MCCPTA Blair Cluster Coordinator

Governor Martin O’Malley opposes the cancellation of the testing. MCCPTA is asking all concerned to contact the Governor and let him know we are very disappointed with his insistence on ignoring the will of his local superintendents, teachers, legislators, and PTA members and parents, and refusing to support a waiver of MSA testing this year.  In the face of all the school days children have missed, this testing is not only wasteful, but now will eliminate a golden opportunity to make up lost instructional time. Send an email to Governor Martin O’Malley at governor@gov.state.md.us Advocacy Action Alert which is also up on the Archive page at the MCCPTA website: http://archive.constantcontact.com/fs192/1107753542216/archive/1116548115424.html

Shruti Bhatnagar
MCCPTA Blair Cluster Coordinator  | MCCPTA Membership & Engagement Chair | MD PTA Nominating and Board Development Committee Member | Tel: 301-949-8006 / 240-948-3459  | Follow me on Twitter: @ShrutiBhatnagr

MCCPTA Advocacy Action Alert: MSA Waiver

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Dear NHE/OV PTA Members and Families,

Even though 22 of 24 Maryland district school superintendents, including MCPS Superintendent Starr, teachers and their unions, many legislators in the Maryland General Assembly, and PTA councils and parents, including the MCCPTA and the PTA Council of Howard County, have taken a firm stand against testing our students on the no longer relevant Maryland School Assessment (MSA) this year, Governor Martin O’Malley opposes the cancellation of the testing.  Huh?  READ MORE

With all the snow days, wouldn’t it make even more sense to spend March teaching our kids the material they’ve missed, rather than having them sit for a test that covers material we no longer teach and whose results, consequently, are meaningless?

Please call Governor Martin O’Malley 410-974-3901 and let him know what you think; if the office is closed, leave a message.  And, while you’re at it, CLICK HERE and send him an email with  your thoughts.  Even if the US Department of Education won’t do the right thing, the Free State should.

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