Legislative Updates

Greetings from your CAPTA Legislation Team!  We are thrilled to provide an update on recent activities around the State Capitol, including the 2024-2025 Budget outlook for California, and a summary of the recent “Taking Stock of California’s March to Equity: The LCFF at 10” event hosted by the Learning Policy Institute.  

We are also very excited about the upcoming 2024 California State PTA Legislation Conference.  Attendees will have a chance to meet and network with other PTA advocates from across the state interested in learning more about key issues that affect children, youth, and families. The  two days, include time at the State Capitol, participating in learning activities, and hearing from legislative leaders and experts on issues that our members care about.  The Conference will culminate with opportunities to advocate directly with our state legislators.  Walk-in’s accepted, so join us for this impactful opportunity to enhance your skills as a leader in advocacy in support of our mission:  to positively impact the lives of all children and families.

California’s 2024-2025 Budget outlook is well summarized by the California Legislative Analyst’s Office (“LAO”).  In addition to the report HERE, the LAO’s website  gives details related to their review of our State’s current fiscal climate.  The LAO projects a significant revenue shortfall which is expected to impact future budget years. 

Members of California State PTA attended the “Taking Stock of California’s March to Equity: The LCFF at 10” event held on December 6, 2023 in Sacramento.  Linda Darling-Hammond, president and CEO, Learning Policy Institute and president, California State Board of Education, and Patrick Shields, Executive Director, Learning Policy Institute moderated the event. Some of the dignitaries we met and heard from included:

  • Former Governor Edmund G. (Jerry) Brown Jr.;
  • Governor Gavin Newsom; 
  • Ana Matosantos, Former Cabinet Secretary; 
  • John Affeldt, Managing Attorney, Public Advocates; 
  • Michael Kirst, Former President, California State Board of Education; 
  • Rucker Johnson, Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy, University of California, Berkeley; 
  • Al Muratsuchi, Assemblymember, California 66th Assembly District; 
  • Lamont Jackson, Superintendent, San Diego Unified School District; and 
  • Martha Hernandez, Executive Director, Californians Together.

Below are links for you to access the resources shared during the event, and the event recording if you are interested in watching for yourself:

Examining the Reach of Targeted School Funding (report)