News & Press Releases

  • Read the PACE Policy Brief on School Reopening

    Education

    Policy Analysis for California Education (PACE), in cooperation with California State PTA, produced “Navigating the Uncertainty of Reopening Schools: A Guide for Parents, Families and the Public.” This report summarizes the current state of knowledge about key issues, and suggests a set of questions that parents and educators should ask when considering plans for reopening during the pandemic. 

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  • Judge Rules That UC System Must Stop Considering ACT, SAT in Admissions

    Press Releases + News

    On Monday, an Alameda County Superior Court Judge ruled that the University of California system must stop using ACT or SAT test scores for admissions or scholarship decisions. In his ruling, Judge Brad Seligman cited the disadvantages the testing process places on applicants with disabilities, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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  • California State PTA Implements Temporary Furlough Program: State Office Closures in 2020-2021

    Press Releases + News

    California State PTA has implemented a temporary staff furlough program that requires periodic office closures between August 2020 and June 2021. Our excellent staff support and member services will not be interrupted, but will be impacted by the days the office is closed. Please click here to see the calendar of days the state office will be closed for furlough days and holidays.

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  • Webinar: PTA History 101 – The National Congress of Colored Parents and Teachers and Unification

    Press Releases + News

    To honor the 50th anniversary of the unification of the National Congress of Colored Parents and Teachers (NCCPT) and the National Congress of Parents and Teachers (NCPT) to form National PTA. National PTA is holding a special webinar on Thursday, August 20th at 11:00 AM ET titled “PTA History 101: The National Congress of Colored Parents and Teachers and Unification.”

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  • Education Coalition Calls on Governor and Legislative Leaders to Close $20 Billion Projected Shortfall for Schools and Students

    Press Releases + News

    Today the Education Coalition called on legislative leaders to prioritize education funding and identify additional revenue to close a projected $20 billion* education state budget shortfall during the global pandemic and beyond.

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  • Final Report on PTA-CCEE Distance Learning “Listening Sessions”

    Education

    California State PTA and CCEE compiled a report that analyzes the lessons learned from the listening sessions we jointly hosted in June and July. The report details what we heard from families regarding their experiences during the first months of the pandemic and their concerns going forward. It also identifies available resources that address the needs and concerns of parents, and offers recommendations on how to support parents and families as schools navigate decision-making during this challenging time.

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  • California State PTA Launches Statewide Campaign Engaging Families Around Next Generation Science Standards

    Press Releases + News

    On July 20, California State PTA lunched its #DiscoverTogether campaign, a statewide initiative that encourages families to find opportunities for science exploration during the everyday activities of life. The campaign primarily targets K-8 parents and students. Along with an extensive social media campaign, California State PTA has prepared materials for local parent organizations and educators to use. These include talking points, social media posts, images, and more to help them easily pick up and begin sharing the campaign.

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  • California State PTA Responds to Governor’s Guidelines for Reopening Schools Safely

    Press Releases + News

    SACRAMENTO – JULY 17, 2020 – California State PTA has released the following statement in response to Governor Gavin Newsom’s press conference today, in which he made important announcements and laid out clear guidelines for when schools could safely reopen for in-person instruction. “The health and safety of children, families and school staff are of […]

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  • Shereen Walter Speaks at Press Conference in Support of Proposition 15

    Advocacy

    Shereen Walter, California State PTA’s Director of Legislation, spoke at a press conference on Thursday July 2 in support of Proposition 15, also known as the Schools and Communities First ballot initiative or the “split-roll” initiative. The press conference was organized by the California Federation of Teachers (CFT) and the Schools and Communities First campaign. […]

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  • California State PTA’s Statement in Support of the Supreme Court’s DACA Decision

    Press Releases + News

    California State PTA joins National PTA in supporting yesterday’s Supreme Court decision which blocks the repeal of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. California State PTA is committed to ensuring that all children – regardless of immigration status – are able to flourish in school, receive the healthcare they need, and live in safe and secure circumstances.

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