L E G I S L A T I O N
STATE BALLOT MEASURES
California State PTA supports California Schools and Local Communities Funding Act and encourages PTA members to get involved in the campaign. This initiative will change how commercial and industrial property is taxed and raise between $6 billion and 10 billion to support our schools (40 percent) and other local governments (60 percent).
Legislative Alerts are calls to action on key advocacy issues.
PTA SPONSORS FAMILY ENGAGEMENT LEGISLATION
California State PTA Sponsors AB 2878 to Strengthen Family Engagement in Schools
Family engagement is a key predictor of student success. That’s why California State PTA is sponsoring Assembly Bill 2878 by Assemblymember Rocky Chávez (San Diego).
Research shows authentic family engagement leads to reduced absenteeism, decreased dropout rates, increased student achievement and increased graduation rates which lead to young adults who are college and career ready.
This bill demonstrates a commitment to connecting families, schools and communities and to improving student outcomes. AB 2878 seeks to use research-based guidelines to define what authentic family engagement could look like in the Education Code to help guide schools. The suggested activities have been developed using research-based family engagement practices and standards, including, but not limited to, the PTA National Standards for Family-School Partnerships. It could also include:
- Outreach in multiple languages
- Outreach to parents and families that are underrepresented in the school, school district or county office of education
- Outreach strategies that are diverse and innovative.
Adding Family Engagement to LCFF Priority #3 would better reflect the true engagement local education agencies could implement, based on their local needs. It’s time to engage all parents and families for the success of our students, our schools and our state.
Be on the lookout for upcoming information so you can help keep family engagement moving forward, and be sure to share your family-engagement success stories with us so we can spread the word in the Capitol and in our communities and across California! Thank you for all that you do for our kids – it makes a difference.
A D V O C A C Y
- Support adequate funding for public education by educating our members and policy makers and advocating for legislation to bring California within the top 10 states in per pupil funding
- Promote schools as a safe and welcoming environment for all students, families and communities and support children’s health and welfare in all aspects of their lives
- Support and protect high-quality public education from efforts that would weaken this vital foundation of our democracy
- Advocate for authentic and measurable family-engagement standards in education policy.
ADVOCACY AND SOCIAL MEDIA AND YOU
Amplifying the PTA voice is easy with the new Social Media Advocacy Chart. Tweet post or share anything in the green column. Think twice before sharing items from the yellow sections and do not share anything from a PTA account if it came from the red column.
Use social media to lift up PTA – you are an advocate and we need your voice!
VOLUNTEERS MAKE A DIFFERENCE
“Volunteers are at the heart of PTA advocacy. We speak up for all children and families to make a difference at the local, regional, state and national level.” — Lea Darrah, 2017-2019 Director of Legislation
PTA volunteer legislative advocates representing the broad scope of the organization closely monitor pending legislation and testify at public hearings to ensure our voice is heard. The advocates include the director of legislation, state advocates, a federal advocate and consultants with specialized skills. They meet with elected officials and policy-makers, speak at meetings of the California Legislature and carefully monitor both state and federal legislation. Advocacy focus areas include education funding and policy, community and school safety, juvenile justice, child care and early education, children’s health and other issues affecting kids and youth.
Volunteer advocates also analyze statewide ballot measures and determine California State PTA’s position, based upon convention resolutions and other PTA authority. For questions or more information about our legislative advocacy program, please contact the Director of Legislation at firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are several ways you can get involved in our advocacy efforts and help make a difference:
- Get informed and engaged with our Sacramento Update e-newsletter and Legislative Alerts
- Attend our annual Legislation Conference
- Contact your legislators
- Research current legislation
- Learn more about California’s state budget
- See California laws by subject area
- Check out federal legislation and policy information from National PTA
- Review PTA position statements and resolutions
- Read how PTA volunteers are giving the gift of civic engagement.