Legislative Newsletter

PISD Council of PTAs - 9/9/16


The beginning of the school year is the perfect time to join PTA for so many reasons, including lending your voice for child advocacy.
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PTA Back the Future

One reason that the PTA is such a powerful advocate for our children is due to you, our many dedicated members. This week, a PISD resolution was signed that recognizes the value of PTA in supporting our students, district, and community. By joining multiple PISD PTAs at this link, you have the power to amplify the PTA’s voice! https://pisdcouncil.membershiptoolkit.com/packet/11246

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PTA Board Training & Roundtables

Registration is now open for the PTA training on 9/30! The local PTA Board Orientation will be 9:30-11:30, followed by lunch 11:30-12:30, and then position roundtables from 12:30-2:00. The location is the Sockwell Center at 6301 Chapel Hill Blvd, Plano, TX 75093. Use this link to register or find the ‘Register Now’ button on the top right corner of planopta.org. https://pisdcouncil.membershiptoolkit.com/packet/11217

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Voting Security

How do voting systems work? How secure are they? The Collin County Elections Administrator, Bruce Sherbet, will discuss the security of voting on Saturday, 9/10, at 10:30 am. The location is 6704 Alma Drive, Plano, TX 75023. Here is a flyer with more information. http://lwvcollin.org/files/flyer_20160910.pdf

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Local Government

The Collin County Commissioners held a first public hearing this week about lowering the county property tax rate by 7%. The second public hearing will take place on Monday, 9/12, followed by a budget vote on 9/19. Meetings are held at 1:30 on the fourth floor of the Jack Hatchell Administration Building at 2300 Bloomdale Road, McKinney, TX 75071.

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Congressional App Challenge

Students are invited to participate in a software application development competition that is intended to encourage interest in technical careers. This opportunity is available to PISD students thanks to US Representative Sam Johnson. The deadline for submission is 11/2. Check this link for more information. http://www.congressionalappchallenge.us

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Voter Registration Card

Do you know your congressional districts? Just type your name and birth date into this link to see your voter registration card. https://apps.collincountytx.gov/voterregsearch

How often does voter registration need to be renewed? Voter registration only needs to be updated if you move or change names.

Do you have other questions about voter registration cards? Check this link for Frequently Asked Questions. http://www.collincountytx.gov/elections/Pages/faq.aspx

SLAC Reminder

The application deadlines for the legislative Student Advisory Councils are fast approaching!

TX Representative Matt Shaheen District 66 - due 9/15
US Representative Sam Johnson District 3 - due 9/16
TX Representative Jeff Leach District 67 - due 9/29

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Upcoming Events

9/15 – Last day for students to apply for TX Rep Matt Shaheen’s Dist 66 Student Advisory Council

9/16 – Last day for students to apply for US Rep Sam Johnson’s Dist 3 Youth Advisory Council

9/27 – Last day for students to apply for TX Rep Jeff Leach’s Dist 67 Student Advisory Council

9/27 - PISD Council of PTAs General Meeting (10:00, PISD Admin Boardroom)
9/30 - PISD Council of PTAs Board Orientation (9:30-11:30) and Roundtables (12:45-2:00, Sockwell Center)

10/8 – Candidate Forum (Parr Library)

10/11 - Last day to register to vote

10/18 - PISD Council of PTAs General Meeting (10:00, PISD Admin Boardroom)

10/24-11/4 - Early voting

11/2 - Last day for students to submit an app for the Congressional App Challenge

11/8 - General Election
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