Focus Areas

Advocacy for children and families


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

Our Advocacy Goal

OrgGoals15-17Represent, inform and mobilize members and the public to advocate for the education, health, safety and well-being of all children

Our asks:

  • One billion dollars of one-time funding for family engagement
  • A full curriculum which eliminates the opportunity gap and ensures all children succeed
  • Increase per-pupil funding by $3,000 to move California toward the national average

Download our organizational goals flier.



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PTA Sponsors AB 2680

UPDATE as of 5/16/16 — On May 27, the Assembly Appropriations Committee will be voting to move AB 2680 off the suspense file to the Assembly floor. This is a critical point in the legislative process and we need your help! Tweet to support family-engagement funding!

Family engagement is a key predictor of student success — and one of our organizational goals is to secure one-time funding to support family engagement. That’s why California State PTA is sponsoring Assembly Bill 2680 by Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla (Concord). This bill demonstrates a commitment to connecting families, schools and communities to improving student outcomes.

By allocating a one-time investment of seed money for school districts to develop family-engagement strategies, AB 2680 will:

  • Strengthen active and meaningful participation of parents, students and families in the development and updating of the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) and Local Control and Accountability Plans (LCAPs)
  • Empower parents, students and families to become active leaders in school communities through training at the school and district levels
  • Foster engagement to support parents and families as their children’s first teachers and encourage parents to advocate for a quality education for their child and for all children.

It’s time to engage all parents and families for the success of our students, our schools and our state.



Oral arguments in Robles-Wong v. California took place in the Court of Appeal in San Francisco on Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016. At issue in this case is whether the fundamental right to an education – a right which was articulated by the California Supreme Court more than 45 years ago – requires the State to provide our students an education that gives them an opportunity to succeed in the global economy and to become informed citizens able to participate in civic and social life. As a plaintiff in the case, California State PTA offered a statement.

“California State PTA believes that state funding must be adequate to ensure all children have the opportunity to succeed and that we begin to close the opportunity and achievement gap. We remain optimistic that the court will affirm the state’s obligation to provide an adequate education for California’s students and return the matter to the superior court for trial.”


Volunteers Make a Difference

“Remember no matter how much fundraising you do, it will never equal the impact of one piece of legislation.” — Shayne Silva, 2015 – 2017 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

Get Involved

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