Nominate our #PRPride Teachers for MI Teacher of the Year!


Use the MI DOE online form to nominate a teacher for MTOY! Nominations will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. on Friday, October 20. 

The Michigan Teacher of the Year (MTOY) is the spokesperson for Michigan’s 100,000+ teachers. The MTOY attends all State Board of Education meetings as a non-voting member of the board. Additionally, the MTOY has the opportunity to meet with the State Superintendent, Governor of Michigan, President of the United States, and other State and National Teachers of the Year. The MTOY is Michigan’s applicant for National Teacher of the Year (NTOY) and attends four national conferences through the NTOY program, including attendance at Space Camp in Huntsville, Alabama.  Find out more about the role of the MTOY here.


Advocacy Alert: PR PTA joins NEA, national and state PTA opposing Secy of Ed pick

Dear Pleasant Ridge community,

We are responding today to two advocacy alerts requested by the National Education Association (NEA) and our parent PTA organization. Advocacy is a large part of PTA membership and we are proud to be a member of an organization that supports the education of ALL children. We are also proud to support our Saline Area Schools and our Pleasant Ridge family. We all need your help TODAY.

Public Schools are vital to the foundation of all children, regardless of zip code. 90% of American children attend public schools. Now the future of public education, and funding, are in jeopardy.

We join the NEA, National PTA and Michigan PTA in opposing the appointment of intended Secretary of Education pick Betsy DeVos. The NEA states: “DeVos has used her extraordinary wealth to undermine our public schools and, in so doing, has harmed our students. She and her family have spent millions to promote failed private school vouchers and unaccountable for-profit charter schools while working to destabilize and defund public education. This is a dangerous direction that will do nothing to help our most vulnerable students and will exacerbate glaring opportunity gaps.”

Betsy DeVos is a Michigander, so the Michigan PTA adds this additional commentary “Over the past 25 years, Michigan’s Public Education has been slowly and intentionally dismantled and sold to the highest bidder. This has resulted in the creation of significant inequalities and unnecessary obstacles including, but not limited to: 1) the proposal and defeat of a voucher system (twice), 2) charter school expansion with little accountability, and no transparency, 3) detrimental cuts in school funding, 4) bankrupting or near-bankrupt­ing school districts, 5) expansion of the Achievement Gap, 6) unpreparedness to enter career and lack of college readiness.”

We join these organizations in advocating for fiscal responsibility regarding public tax dollars for public education, providing “fair and equitable education for all students in this country, and assigning funds and programs to make public schools stronger and safer, rather than creating an unnecessary, ineffective, for-profit alternative that weakens the educational options for all.”

Please join us in filling out this form to auto send a letter to two elected Michigan representatives TODAY:

If you would like additional details from each group, please read their full statements on the websites listed here:

National Education Association

Michigan PTA

Help us help our school and kids NOW. We need your help before or on 1/16.


Pleasant Ridge Elementary PTA, Saline, Michigan