PTA insurance Premiums are due now. Check with your PTA Council or District for your insurance due date.

PTA insurance Premiums are due now. Check with your PTA Council or District for your insurance due date. Your regular PTA insurance premium of $258 for local PTA units is due in the California State PTA office no later than December 20! That means you need to get it into your council or district before their due dates, so they can process it for payment. Insurance received in the state office after December 20, is subject to a $25.00 late fee. Do not send your insurance premium directly to the state, it must go to your council (if in council) and/or your district first!

If you pay for additional insurance above and beyond the standard rate, you need to contact AIM insurance directly to receive an invoice for the additional premiums. Once your payment is processed, you will receive an insurance certificate specific to your PTA. Many school districts require a new copy of the insurance certificate each year showing your coverage.

Starting next year, all PTAs will pay AIM directly for their insurance regardless of whether they buy additional coverage or not. Details will start being shared in Spring 2022, so keep an eye out.

Find more insurance information and resources here and download the 2022 AIM Insurance Guide, here.

Look for Your Workers’ Compensation Insurance Survey

On December 15th, the window for reporting your Workers’ Compensation status opens. Your president will receive an email with the link for filling out the Workers’ Compensation survey. You have until January 31st, 2022 to report any employees/independent contractors/sole proprietors who have provided services for your PTA for the time period between January 5th, 2021 and January 4th, 2022.

In order to fill out the survey, you will need information about any individual you paid directly for services during that time period. Do not include companies with more than one employee or board members you have reimbursed for purchases they made on your PTA’s behalf. Most PTAs do not owe an additional premium because they don’t have any qualifying workers that they need to cover.

If an individual has their own Workers’ Compensation insurance, they should provide you with proof.

If an individual does not have their own Workers’ Compensation insurance (liability insurance is not the same), you must cover them. The state of California does not require sole proprietors to carry their own, but our insurance company does in order to keep the costs of your general insurance down. You will need to report the total amount of money paid to the individual. The additional premium is 5% of the total of all paid individuals, minus the first $1,000.00.

The Workers’ Compensation insurance premium, if required, is paid directly to AIM. You will receive an invoice after you submit the paperwork to them.

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Screen Side Chat with your California State PTA President

Join California State PTA President, Carol Green and a special guest in an online chat focusing on PTA’s 125th Birthday! At least 40-minutes of the hour will be devoted to member Q&A. Questions should be submitted with registration, a limited number of live questions will also be accepted.

Happening on February 7th at 6:00pm and again on February 8th at noon, click the link below to register for the time that works best for you.

  • Click here for the registration link to join on February 7th at 6:00 pm.
  • Click here for the registration link to join on February 8th at noon.

Each month Carol will have a different guest and topic, all are welcome to join the chat or listen in.

February’s Topic: Founders Day & PTA’s 125th Anniversary


2021-22 Financial Information & Resources for your PTA

PTA Leaders:

To help you successfully run the financial side of your PTA, every year California State PTA compiles a packet of financial information and resources.

These materials include:

  • Tax filing information
  • Workers’ compensation insurance information
  • TOTEM e-membership system information
  • 2022 Convention save-the-date flier
  • PTA Store flier, with new items
  • CETF flier, with information about how to get low-cost or free internet access and computers
  • The PTA Insurance Guide
  • Much more!

There are three ways to get the 2021-22 Financial Mailing:

  1. Wait for a hard copy to arrive in your mailbox late October.
  2. View or download the entire Financial Mailing in PDF format:
    • Get the main packet in English here, or in Spanish here.
    • Get the 2022 PTA Insurance Guide (saved in a separate PDF) in English here, or in Spanish here.
  3. View or download just the sections you need in PDF format:

Take the PTA Leadership Survey

Thanks for supporting your PTA unit, council or district. Your time, energy and talent enable all of us to advance California State PTA’s mission to positively impact the lives of all children and families.

To make sure PTA continues to provide the services and support needed by our members across the state, we’d like to ask you to complete an important survey. It is divided into several sections and takes approximately 10-12 minutes to complete. Your individual responses will be kept strictly confidential.

We know that you are very busy, but your input is very valuable. Thank you again for your dedication and service.

The survey is only available until August 20, so don’t wait!

Click here to take the survey in English.

Haga clic aquí para realizar la encuesta en español.

Lea Darrah Testifies at CA State Assembly Hearing on School Closures

Yesterday, Lea Darrah, California State PTA VP for Education, testified at a hearing of Assembly Budget Subcommittee No. 2 on Education Finance. The topic of the hearing was how to mitigate learning loss during the COVID-19 school closures.

Darrah was part of a panel that also included representatives from the California State Board of Education, Policy Analysis for California Education, the California Department of Finance, San Lorenzo Unified School District, the Association of California School Administrators, the California Teachers Association, Elk Grove School District, and EdTrust West.

“While districts are doing their best to provide distance learning, we know there are gaps in the system in which students may not have access to adequate technology devices, internet access or a quiet place to learn,” Darrah said during the hearing. “We support educators and believe they need and deserve professional development for distance learning. I think more than ever we realize the value of our teachers in California.”

“Furthermore, students with additional needs such as English learners, students with IEPs, 504s or special education students need additional support and services to succeed in this new learning environment,” she continued. “We have heard from parents who are concerned about ensuring their students stay at grade level and do not experience learning losses.”

“Most of all, our students and families need to feel safe and secure to face the challenges that this current pandemic requires of us. And it is my sincere hope that the legislature makes the decisions to invest in safety, mental health, educational services and social services to protect our most valued assets in the state, our children.”

Lea and other members of California State PTA leadership team will continue to advocate to get teachers, parents and families the resources and support they need to make it through this uncertain and challenging period of distance learning and school closures.

To see video footage of the hearing, click here. Darrah’s testimony starts at 2:36.

To read a text version of Darrah’s testimony, click here.

PTA Leadership Town Hall Webinar: May 5

California State PTA president Celia Jaffe and members of the Board of Directors and leadership team held a town hall webinar on May 5 where they offered important information and answered your questions about how to handle PTA business and functions during the coronavirus epidemic.

If you want to watch a recording of the webinar, click here.

If you want to download and view the PowerPoint presentation, click here.

If you want answers to frequently asked questions that we were not able to get to during the webinar, click here for general FAQs, here for communications FAQs, here for membership FAQs, here for parliamentary issues, and here for financial issues.

California State PTA and Carol Kocivar Honored at 2020 National PTA Legislative Conference

California State PTA was recognized with the Outstanding State Advocacy Award at the 2020 National PTA Legislative Conference in Washington D.C. last month, for our efforts in raising awareness about healthier school start times and securing the passage of SB 328, the Late School Start bill. The legislation, which was signed into law by Governor Newsom in October 2019, requires that middle schools in California start no earlier than 8:00 a.m., and high schools no earlier than 8:30 a.m.

Carol Kocivar, CAPTA’s former president and current legislative advocate, was also honored individually. She received the 2020 Shirley Igo Advocate of the Year Award, which is presented to an individual PTA member who, through their leadership and advocacy efforts, affected federal policy priorities within PTA’s annual Public Policy Agenda. Carol’s advocacy includes work on increasing investments in quality public education, school infrastructure, public school choice and charter accountability, as well as safe and supportive school environments.

While they were in Washington, our delegation of 14 from California also met with the offices of Senators Feinstein and Harris, as well as the offices of a number of our Congressional representatives. Our talking points focused on the inclusion of schools in any federal infrastructure legislation as well as the reauthorization of the Child Nutrition Act. Click here for a copy of the National PTA talking points for the conference.

Director of Legislation Shereen Walter and California State PTA President Celia Jaffe also presented a standing-room-only workshop on effective grassroots advocacy techniques as one of the Spotlight presentations being highlighted at the conference.

LCAP Training Webinar

Attend our LCAP webinar and learn about the latest changes to the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF)-Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) template and how you can directly impact your child’s education, school, and school district.

Date and time: TBD – This webinar has been postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak. Please stay tuned for reschedule date.