Local PTAs Head to Indianapolis, Northrop Honored by Senate - February 12, 2014

Record Number: 10624
Displayed from: Feb 12, 2014 , until: Mar 12, 2014

Dozens of local PTA members will participate in the annual Indiana PTA Legislative Conference Thursday, Feb. 13, at the Indiana State Teachers Association (ISTA) Building, 150 West Market St., Indianapolis. The conference begins at 9:30 a.m. with PTA members from across the state gathering to discuss education legislation and receive training before heading over to the State House to meet with legislators. Indiana PTA continues its tradition of helping child advocates make their voices heard at the State House with an in-depth analysis on the latest Indiana public policy priorities affecting families, schools and communities through trainings, guest speakers, a State House visit with Indiana legislators and more.

A highlight of the conference is bringing middle and high students to Indianapolis to learn about Indiana government, education issues and how to have a voice in government.

Of special note: The Indiana Senate will read a resolution at 1:30 p.m. on the Senate Floor honoring Northrop High School, which was named the first ever National PTA School of Excellence and the Phoebe Apperson Hearst Award winner for the last school year. The National PTA School of Excellence designation for Northrop High School is for 2013-2015. The National PTA School of Excellence is a recognition program that supports and celebrates partnerships between PTAs and schools to enrich the educational experience and overall well-being for all students. As a National PTA School of Excellence, families feel welcomed and empowered to support student success, and PTA is a key partner for continuous school improvement.

Local PTA members will leave from Northrop High School at 6:30 a.m. on Thursday and return in the evening.

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For More Information, Contact:

Sharon Wise, Indiana PTA President - 317-753-3197

Theresa Distelrath, Indiana PTA Legislation Conference Chairperson - 260-466-4351

Indiana PTA Office - 317-358-5881

With nearly 30,000 students, Fort Wayne Community Schools is one of the largest school districts in Indiana. FWCS proudly allows families to choose any of its 50 schools through its successful school-choice program creating diversity in each school, including some with more than 75 languages spoken. FWCS offers seven magnet schools focusing on areas such as science and math, communication, fine arts or Montessori at the elementary and middle school level. In high school, students can choose from the prestigious International Baccalaureate program, Project Lead the Way or New Tech Academy as well as other rigorous academic and specialty training programs.