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Legislative Action Committee Report — 2017-18

This year, California State PTA took positions on more than 100 bills in the California Legislature, of which 45 were signed and approved. As we work to meet our organizational and advocacy goals, this is a great win for PTA and for all children and families.

View California State PTA’s end-of-session Legislative Action Report for 2018.

Highlights from the 2018 Session

Signed and Supported by California State PTA:

  • AB 1871 (Bonta) — This bill, co-sponsored by California State PTA, requires charter schools to provide low-income students with one nutritionally adequate free or reduced-price meal each school day
  • SB 1004 (Weiner) — This bill requires the Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission (MHSOAC) to establish priorities for the use of Mental Health Services Act prevention and early intervention funds that includes: childhood trauma prevention and early intervention, early psychosis and mood disorder detection and intervention, outreach and engagement strategies that target secondary school and transition-age youth – with priority on partnerships with college mental health programs – and culturally competent and linguistically appropriate prevention and intervention.
  • AB 1747 (Rodriguez) — This bill requires that all K-12 public schools develop comprehensive school safety plans, with all school staff to be trained on the plan. School districts and county offices of education are responsible for the overall development of a comprehensive school safety plan for each of its schools.
  • AB 3043 (Berman) — This bill will authorize a school district, county office of education, private nonprofit school, charter school or residential child care institution that participates in the federal School Breakfast Program, starting with the 2019–20 school year, to provide universal breakfast to the maximum extent. The bill would define “universal breakfast” to mean a nutritionally adequate breakfast that complies with the federal School Breakfast Program and that is provided to every pupil at no charge.

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 this 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 legislation@capta.org.