Focus Areas

State Ballot Measures

California State PTA currently supports the following state ballot measures:

Proposition 15: California Schools and Local Communities Funding Act

This initiative on the November 2020 state ballot would require that commercial and industrial real estate property worth $3 million or more be taxed on current market value, raising as much as $11.5 billion in additional funding for schools and other local governments. It protects all homeowners and renters by maintaining tax protections for ALL residential property.

This money would be allocated to schools (40%) and other local governments (60%).

Click here for detailed information about this ballot measure.

Proposition 16: Repeal Proposition 209 – Restore Affirmative Action

This constitutional amendment, placed on the November 2020 statewide ballot by the legislature, asks the voters of California to vote on permitting the use of race, gender, and ethnic diversity as factors (but not decisive factors) in education including college admissions, government hiring, and government contracting.

Click here for detailed information about this ballot measure.

Proposition 19: Changes Certain Property Tax Rules

California State PTA has taken a neutral position on Prop 19, a legislative constitutional amendment that changes certain Property Tax Rules. See the California State PTA Study Committee Report here.

PTAs and ballot measure positions

While unit, council and district PTAs are not required to work actively for any position, they should not officially oppose a stand taken by California State PTA.

For additional information, see Legislation Policy 7 here.


Campaign Restrictions: Use of School Resources

There are strict restrictions against using school district resources for political activity. This includes, for example, advocating for a ballot measure on school property and communicating advocacy information using school resources such as school email, website, etc.

You may gather signatures OFF school property and hold PTA meetings OFF school property for advocacy. You may use your PTA website and PTA email to distribute information to your members.

Please contact your school district for rules and permit requirements for any political activity on school property.