Texas PTA 2017 Legislative Priorities

Priorities: 85th Texas Legislative Session

  • Public School Funding – Pursue an adequate and equitable solution for school funding while maintaining accountability and responsibility for educating the whole child. In addition, Texas PTA advocates for funding for enrollment growth.
  • Powdered Alcohol – Pursue banning the sale to minors of powdered alcohol, or Palcohol, a powder that can be mixed with liquids — similar to the way Kool-Aid is mixed with water — to create an alcoholic beverage that can have alcohol levels equivalent to a shot of vodka.
  • Bullying/Cyberbullying – Strengthen the cyberbullying law to protect students from online, often anonymous, bullying by clarifying the role of school districts in addressing this behavior, and removing barriers to law enforcement’s ability to deal with offenders.
  • Funding for Quality Pre-K Grant Program
  • Funding for Full Day Pre-K for at-risk students
  • State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness (STAAR) – Advocate for reduced emphasis on state-mandated testing, focusing on grades 3-8, and monitor changes to STAAR for high school students, and limits on benchmark testing for all tested grades.
  • State Accountability System – Pursue a new accountability system that is valid, reliable and balanced, focuses less on state assessment, and recognizes other attributes of a strong school program, including arts instruction and physical activity.
  • Age of Adult Criminal Responsibility – Raise the age for mandatory prosecution as an adult from 17 to 18, allowing non-violent offenders who are 17 years of age to be charged as a minor.
  • Districts of Innovation – Oppose efforts to take away latitude of Districts of Innovation to set their own school calendar.
  • Vouchers – Oppose vouchers, including Education Account Savings Programs that allow parents to apply for an education savings account. A portion of the funds the state expends for that student’s public school education is deposited into the account. The remained of the funds are kept by the public school the student previously attended. Money in the education savings account may be used to fund private school tuition, tuition at eligible institutions, distance education, curriculum.
  • State Board of Education – Actively weigh in on legislation impacting SBOE and monitor activity of SBOE in its quarterly meetings.

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Dr. Traci Petteway

Dr. Traci Petteway

President, Marcus HS PTSA
I am Dr. Traci Petteway, your MHS PTSA President! I am delighted to welcome some and welcome back others to the Marcus High School family! Since our July 1981 chartering, MHS PTSA has made a mark of distinction in the community by providing valuable Parent Education Programs (PEP), Graduating Senior Scholarships for the MHS PTSA “student members”, the 180 Degree Abstinence Program, Red Ribbon Week, Winning the Fight, celebrating our students via the Magnificent Marauder Awards, and showing appreciation towards our dedicated teachers!
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Gary Shafferman

Gary Shafferman

Principal, Marcus High School
Marcus High School is an incredible school due to all the stakeholders. As teachers and parents, we are creating an opportunity for our students to excel in multiple areas such as academics, athletics, and the fine arts. PTSA works as a bridge between Marcus and our community of parents and students. As a strong supporter of public education, PTSA supports our school as an advocate and resource. Marcus PTSA is a strong contributor and helps put together our school homecoming, programs to battle drug/alcohol abuse, student scholarships, and so much more. We are partners, and we look forward to many years of support from Marcus PTSA.

 

Chantell Upshaw

Chantell Upshaw

Principal, Marcus High School 9
The Marcus PTSA provides outstanding support to Marcus parents, students, and staff. Monthly communication, general meetings, and the PTSA website, help keep parents informed about school events and initiatives sponsored by PTSA. PTSA supports academics, arts, school beautification, parent education and so much more. Membership in the Marcus PTSA connects parents, teachers and students and supports the entire Marcus school community. I am proud to be a Lifetime Member of PTA and a member of the Marcus PTSA!