Focus Areas

Advocacy for children and families

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One of the most important roles of California State PTA is to create and support laws that improve the lives of all California children.

ADVOCACY GOALS

  • 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.

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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!

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UPDATES ON PTA ACTION

Budget Update
Gov. Brown signed the budget which funds education and childcare for the next fiscal year. While the Prop 98 budget is $74.5 billion (an increase of $2.6 billion over last year’s budget) and the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) investment is $1.4 billion with additional one-time funds to school districts, California State PTA has concerns about the Prop 98 Test 3B suspensions that the Governor and legislature agreed to in this budget.

This is a three-year suspension that has the effect of cutting funding to schools for the next three years without knowing if it is necessary. Education is the only area of the budget that was cut into the future. Once again, the state is balancing the budget on the backs of our most vulnerable — our children. California State PTA will continue to advocate for elimination of this cut to educational funding in the future.

Findings From California State PTA Study
As mentioned above, the budget continues the trend that children’s needs – including education funding and health and welfare needs – are inadequately funded. As a result, the California State PTA Legislative Action Committee recently conducted a study assessing whether or not we have the authority to advocate for tax reform or revenue increases that benefit children.

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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 legislation@capta.org.

Get Involved

There are several ways you can get involved in our advocacy efforts and help make a difference: