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Stay up-to-date on the latest in all things advocacy. Formerly called “Sacramento Update” and now called “Advocacy Update”, this e-newsletter will keep you informed on sponsored and co-sponsored legislation and other bills that PTA supports.


Legislative Action Reports

Our Legislative Action Reports outline California State PTA’s positions and activities on state legislation. View the current legislative session’s reports here.

California State PTA’s Sponsored Family Engagement Bill AB 2878 Signed Into Law

Assembly Bill 2878, sponsored by California State PTA and co-authored by Assemblymember Rocky Chavez and Assemblymember Kevin McCarty, was signed into law by Governor Brown last fall.

This legislation will add research-based family engagement guidance and practice into the California Education Code. It will provide schools, districts and parents access to research-based best practices for family engagement and involvement.

Research demonstrates that when schools practice authentic family engagement, absenteeism is reduced, dropout rates decrease and student achievement and graduation rates go up.

“California State PTA is extremely proud to sponsor this important bill that supports meaningful and effective family engagement,” said California State PTA President Dianna MacDonald. “We are ecstatic that AB 2878 has been signed into law, and look forward to seeing the students of California benefit from this thoughtful approach to family engagement.”

PTA sees this as a simple and powerful next step to ensuring we build positive long term relationships between families and schools especially with our next generation parents and families and those under-served.

Read more about AB 2878.

About the California State PTA Legislation Action Committee

California State PTA Legislation Action Committee (LAC) meets during the legislative session, and takes action on pending state and federal legislation based on PTA’s priorities and adopted authorities.

For more information, please refer to the Advocacy section of California State PTA Toolkit. Click here to view currently adopted positions on legislation. For more information, or to inquire if a bill is under consideration by the California State PTA, contact the Director of Legislation at