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. Our advocacy goal is to represent, inform and mobilize members and the public to advocate for the education, health, safety and well-being of all children.

REVISED LEGISLATION POLICIES

In April 2017, convention delegates adopted changes to California State PTA’s Legislation Policies in an effort to provide additional clarification to units, councils and districts.

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

2017-2018 Budget

Gov. Jerry Brown released his 2017 – 2018 budget proposal Jan. 10, 2017. California State PTA President Justine Fischer offered insights on behalf of the state’s largest child-advocacy organization. Read the statement.

Robles-Wong vs. California

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.”

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

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.

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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: