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May 16, 2017
- Heidi May Wilson, National PTA; firstname.lastname@example.org; (703) 518-1242
- Michelle Eklund, California State PTA; email@example.com; (916) 440-1985
ALEXANDRIA, Va., —The following statement can be attributed to National PTA President Laura Bay and California State PTA President Justine Fischer:
“During the last statewide election in California and now in a special election for the school board in the Los Angeles Unified School District, a group calling itself the “Parent Teacher Alliance” has been campaigning for candidates.
“National PTA, California State PTA and other constituent associations have no affiliation, connection or association with the Parent Teacher Alliance. The services offered and campaigns made by the Parent Teacher Alliance are neither sponsored nor approved by National PTA or California State PTA.
“The Parent Teacher Alliance is a political action committee supported by the California Charter Schools Association. PTA is a nonpartisan association.
“National PTA, California State PTA and other constituent associations never comment on, endorse or support candidates for office. Any messages that state otherwise are not PTAs. As it has for 120 years, PTA remains committed to engaging and empowering families and communities to speak up for all children and take action to make a difference for the education, health, safety and well-being of every child.
“National PTA has notified the California Charter Schools Association of the Parent Teacher Alliance’s use of National PTA’s PTA trademark and the confusingly similar Parent Teacher Alliance name and has demanded that the Parent Teacher Alliance cease all use of the PTA mark and the Parent Teacher Alliance name.”
California’s school funding law, the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF), has strong support and is helping some school districts’ spending become more strategic and targeted, but law is still “a work in progress,” researchers say.
This report seeks to help policymakers and others better understand ways in which LCFF implementation is changing fundamental aspects of resource allocation and governance in California’s K-12 education system. The LCFF provides all districts with base funding plus supplemental and concentration grants for low-income students, English learners, and foster youth. The law eliminated most categorical programs, giving local school systems resource allocation authority and requiring Local Control Accountability Plans (LCAPs) developed with input from parents, community members, students, and educators. The goal is more equitable and coherent resource allocation decisions and improved and more equitable student outcomes.
Congratulations! In April 2017, convention delegates elected leaders to the 2017-2019 California State PTA Board of Directors.
- Dianna MacDonald, President
- Celia Jaffe, President-elect
- Tom Horn, Vice President for Leadership Services
- Carol Green, Vice President for Membership Services
- Brad Waller, Vice President for Communications
- Julie Redmond, Vice President for Special Events
- Shereen Walter, Vice President for Health & Community Concerns
- Mary Perry, Vice President for Education
- Lynn Miyamoto, Vice President for Family Engagement
- Deborah Johnson, Secretary
- Kathy Corzine, Treasurer
- Maggie Steel, Parliamentarian
- Lea Darrah, Director of Legislation
- Martha Deutsch, Chair of the District Presidents
- Sherry Skelly Griffith, Executive Director
California State PTA adopted the Declaration of the Rights of All Students to Equity in Arts Learning to reaffirm its commitment to a full curriculum that includes the arts. California State PTA connects families, schools and communities and is the nation’s largest volunteer child-advocacy association working to improve the education, health and welfare of all children with the motto “every child, one voice.”
“Parents know, the arts matter. Arts learning is an essential part of a comprehensive education for all students,” said California State PTA President Justine Fischer. “And California State PTA will continue our work to make sure the vital voice of parents is heard — loud and clear — in support of the arts.”