Focus Areas

Resolutions guide our actions

PTA resolutions act as touchstones for our advocacy.

Where We Stand: Our Resolutions

All of our advocacy efforts center around our core values and resolutions, which are submitted by units, councils, districts or California State PTA’s Board of Managers. The resolutions offer official guidance on issues as wide ranging as school-finance topics, health and safety issues, community concerns and more.

The resolutions start as issues and ideas concerning parents like you in our units, councils, districts or California State PTA Board of Managers. These issues are then carefully researched and formed into formal resolutions for consideration and adoption according to a special procedure. Resolutions adopted by convention delegates then serve as a basis for action in unit, council, district PTA and California State PTA.

Video Tutorials   Resolution Procedures

No resolutions were received for the 2017 California State PTA Annual Convention.

However, in 2016 California State PTA adopted one resolution, “Dyslexia: Addressing the Educational Implications in Public Schools.” California State PTA continues to advocate for students with learning difficulties such as dyslexia at both the state and federal levels. A dyslexia work group was assigned by the State Superintendent of Public instruction with the intent of providing skills for regular and special-education teachers as well as parents to better assess and assist students with dyslexia.

Additionally, California State PTA President Justine Fischer and President-elect Dianna MacDonald have met with staff in California Congresswoman Julie Brownley’s office to support federal efforts for people with dyslexia. A federal bill sponsored by Brownley became law in 2016.

If you would like to access additional information, go to www.cde.ca.gov and type “dyslexia” in the search bar.

 Alpha Listing

Achievement: Eliminating the Gap (2009)
Adequate and Equitable State School Finance System (1987)
Admission of Minors to R-Rated Films (1981)
Aid to Rape Victims and Their Families (1977)
Air Pollution (1973)
Alcohol and Tobacco Use in Youth: Education, Prevention and Intervention (2002)
Alcohol Beverage Advertising that Targets Youth (1992)
Alcohol-Related Driver Education (1982)
Antibiotic Resistance Awareness (2001)
Arts Education (1998)
Attention Deficit Disorder in Children (1998)
Automated External Defibrillator (AED) Awareness in Schools (2011)

Background Checks of Ice Cream Truck Vendors (1986)
Ballot Propositions (initiatives) (1999)
Ban on Drug Paraphernalia (1981)
Ban on Military Assault-Type Weapons (1989)
Ban on the Manufacture and Sale of Saturday Night Specials/Junk Guns (1997)
Bicycle Safety Education and Training (1973)
Bicycle Safety Helmets (1991)
Breakfast in Every School (2003)
Breast Cancer Early Detection Awareness and Education (1988)
Bungalow Classroom Safety (1971)

California K-12 Public School Funding Crisis (1998)
Child Trafficking in California (2010)
Citizenship Education (1989)*
Class Size Reduction (1996)
Class Size Reduction Flexibility (2005)
Climate Change is a Children’s Issue (2015)
Closed Captioned TV (1978)
Community Drug Abuse Prevention Programs (1970)
Comprehensive Waste Reduction in Schools (2007)
Computer Technology in Education (1983)
Computer Workstation Health (2010)
Control of Look-Alike Stimulants and Depressant Drugs (1982)
Creating Lifelong Readers (1998)
Credential Requirement: Parent/Family Involvement Component (1993)
Credentialed School Nurses (2005)

Delivery of Unsolicited and Hazardous Products (1971)
Desegregation and Neighborhood Schools (1979)
Developmentally-Appropriate Physical Education (1999)
Disaster Preparedness (1986)
Drug Abuse Program Funding – Penalty Assessment (1980)
Drug Advertising (1970)
Duplicate Emergency Forms at Athletic Events (1974)

Dyslexia: Addressing the Educational Implications in Public Schools (2016)

Early Childhood Development and Education (2000)
Education: A 21st Century Vision (2005)
Education on Hazards of Involuntary Smoking (1987)
Education on Health Hazards in the Use of Anabolic Steroids (1989)
Educational Funding Crisis (1981)
Educational Technology Funding (1995)
Educational Testing and Test Scores (1971)
Educationally Handicapped Children (1972)
Electro-Magnetic Fields (1994)
Emergency School Bus Evacuation (1973)
Encouragement of Law-Related Education (1985)
Equal Access to School Improvement Program Funds (1983)
Equalized Base Revenue Limit Funding (1991)
Ethics in Political Campaigns (1987)
Ethnic Representation in Curricula (1970)
Extended Educational Services for the Handicapped (1967)

Family Preservation: An Alternative to Out-of-Home Placement (1990)
Financial Literacy for Youth (1999)
Financing California’s Public Schools (2007)
Firearm Safety and Awareness (1995)
Firearm Safety Devices (1999)
Fireworks: Hazards to Youth (1990)
First Aid and/or Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (C.P.R.) (1987)
Fluoridation of California Public Water Supplies (1995)
Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis in Schools (2004)
Football Safety (1975)
Foster Families (1999)
Funding Sources for Adult Crossing Guards (1981)

Grade Retention (1991)

Hazardous Waste Management (1980)
Healthy Lifestyles for All Children (2004)
HIV/STD Prevention Education in Our Schools (2008)
Homeless Families with Children (1989)
Homework: Quality Over Quantity (2014)
Hot Weather Standards in the School Setting (1992)

Immunization Awareness and Educational Programs (1975)
Improving K-12 Mathematics Education (1998)
Inclusive Schools Build Stronger Communities (2013)
Increased School Nurse-to-Student Ratios (1997)
Increasing Counselor-to-Student Ratio in Schools (2000)
Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Underfunding (2007)
Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) in Schools (2007)
Internet Access for California Classrooms (2000)

Juvenile Justice Reform – A Priority (1983)

Learning Disabilities and Learning Disabilities in Gifted Children (2000)
LGBTQ+ Inclusiveness in Health Education California (2015)
Licensing and Registration of Handguns (2000)
Limiting Concurrent Sales of Gasoline and Alcohol and the Proliferation of Outlets (1985)
Literacy Education (1989)
Local School Parcel Tax Measure Threshold Reduction (2008)
Location of Toxic/Hazardous Materials Sites (1985)
Longitudinal Integrated Statewide Data System (2008)
Lowering the 2/3 Vote Requirement on School and Library Bonds (1999)
Lowering the Vote Requirement in the California State Budget Process (2009)

Make Children First (1992)
Mandatory Use of Motorcycle Safety Helmets (1974)
Measles (Rubeola) Vaccinations (1990)
Mental Illness: Treatment and Support (1999)
Minimum Instruction Time (1983)
Mitigating Earthquake Hazards in Public Schools (1989)

Nonsuspension of Proposition 98 (1991)
Nutrition Education (1991)

Online Safeguards for Internet Use by Children and Youth (1997)
Opposition to Televised Commercials in California Classrooms (1990)*
Organ and Tissue Donor Awareness (1999)

Paintball Gun Control (1993)
Parent/Community Action for Effective Schools (1993)
Pedestrian Safety Education (1990)
Pesticides (1972)
Playground Equipment Safety Standards (1996)
Playground Surface Safety (2002)
Post Proposition 13 Funding of Public Education (1979)
Prejudice Awareness Education (1989)
Primary Prevention of Substance Abuse (1979)
Prohibiting the Promotion of Tobacco Products (1987)
Promoting the Inclusion of Nonpublic Schools on California’s Megan’s Law Registered Sex Offender Database (2008)
Property Tax Limitation (1978)
Protection of Children from the Harmful Effects of Aircraft Emissions (1998)
Public School Governance Authority (2007)

Qualifications for Candidacy in California Elections (2013)
Quality of Life Portrayed on Television (1979)

Rating of PG (Parental Guidance) Films, The (1979)
Reduction of Student:Teacher Workload (Class Size) (1989)
Regulation of 976 Information Access Service (1986)
Regulation of Liquor Licenses Near Schools (1997)
Regulation of the Display and Sale to Minors of Drug-Use Information and Paraphernalia Including Cigarette Papers (1979)
Responsibility of the Legislature for the Financing of Public Education, The (1982)*

Safe Routes to School for All Children (2008)

Safety Helmets for Scooter, Skateboard and Skate Users Under the Age of 18 (2001)
Safety Problems Related to Freeway Construction Near Schools (1970)
Sale of Tobacco Products to Minors (1988)
Save Our Kids (1983)
School Absenteeism/Dropouts (1986)
School Buildings and Railroad Safety Requirements (1990)
School Bus Safety (1993)
School Construction Funding (1986)
School Desegregation Through Housing Integration Incentives (1982)
School Facilities and Public Planning (1991)
School Facilities Crisis (1986)*
School Facilities Crisis (1990)
School Finance (1976)
School Funding (1981)
School Library Media Center Funding Crisis (1988)
School Nutrition Programs: Improvement and Expansion (1991)
School Support Program (1976)
School Traffic and Pedestrian Safety Improvement (2001)
School Transportation (1981)
School Transportation: Equitable Funding (2004)
School-to-Career for All Students (2001)
Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education (2011)
Scoliosis Screening (1980)
Seat Belt and Child Restraint Usage (1983)
Self-Esteem and Personal and Social Responsibility Awareness (1991)
Smoking and Health (1964)
Social Host Accountability and Underage Drinking (2009)
State Board of Education Action Relating to Elementary Instructional Materials (1980)*
State Government Responsibility for a Rational Budget Process (1992)*
State Tax Reform (1991)
Strategies to Reduce School, Family and Community Violence (1995)
Student Assessment, Achievement and Accountability (2000)
Student Substance Abuse: Alternatives to Zero Tolerance (2003)
Substance Use and Abuse During Pregnancy (1987)
Suicide Prevention Education and Awareness (1983)
Summer Learning Loss (2013)
Summer School (1980)
Sun Safety: Skin Cancer Prevention Measures at School (2005)
Support and Funding for Voluntary Integration Programs (1980)
Support for the Civic Mission of Schools (2006)
Support for Quality Child Care (1986)
Support of Public Education, PTA Priority (1980)
Synthetic Marijuana – Education and Awareness (2015)

Teacher Preparation for Elementary Education (1973)
Teacher Quality: Recruitment, Retention and Resources (2001)
Teen Driving Safety (2009)
Television Literacy and Program Accountability (1993)
Television/Screen Time Awareness (2006)
Threatening Phone Calls to Schools (1990)
Tobacco Advertising That Targets Minors (1993)
Torture Toys (1972)
Toxins (Persistent and Bioaccumulative) and Their Effects on Children (2002)
Treatment Centers for the Sexually Abused (1978)
Trees for Life (1989)
Tuition Tax Credits (1982)*

Use by Mass News Media of Names of Juveniles in Police Matters (1971)
Use of Children as Subjects in Pornographic Materials (1977)

Violence and Vandalism (1980)
Violence in the Home (1977)
Violence Prevention in Schools (1999)
Voluntary Fingerprinting (1983)

Weapons on Campus (1973)

Youth Involvement (2004)

Starred (*) titles represent resolutions adopted by California State PTA Board of Managers. (These were not voted upon by Convention delegates.)