California State PTA Calls for Action in a Statement on the Elementary School Shooting in Uvalde, Texas

May 26, 2022

SACRAMENTO, CA – In the wake of recent elementary school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, California State PTA, is asking for more than your thoughts – it’s time to take action.

California State PTA stands with National PTA and Texas PTA as one voice demanding safe schools for every child in our nation. We must put an end to gun violence and provide support for our children and families impacted by this trauma.

We must stand up for the 19 students, two teachers that died and the 17 injured in the Uvalde, Texas tragedy. As the country’s largest volunteer led child advocacy association, we must demand that our lawmakers be as brave as the teachers who gave their lives to shield their students from gunfire. As parents and teachers and community members who care about our children we must end this violence.

“For more than a century, California State PTA has advocated for safe schools and for gun laws to protect our children. And now another school shooting is in the news. When will it be enough? How many more children have to die before we do something? Gun violence is a public-health crisis that affects us all – and it is time for action,” said California State PTA President Carol Green. “California State PTA supports state and federal legislation that protect children and youth from gun violence.”

Our position statement on Firearms and Assault Weapons affirms the association’s stance on firearms including minimum age requirements to purchase guns, prohibiting the sale and possession of assault weapons defined as automatic and semi-automatic weapons, and incorporates language from the National PTA position that the safest schools are gun free schools.

California State PTA will be addressing gun violence, school safety and mental health issues with federal lawmakers in Washington D.C. on June 15 during the 2022 National PTA Hill Day – but we are not waiting – we ask our members to take action now and urge congress to protect our children from gun violence.

California State PTA will continue to watch federal legislation including House Resolution (HR)  8 – Bipartisan Background Check Act of 2021 (Thompson) and will keep members informed with action alerts. 

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California State PTA Response to Governors May Budget Revise

California State PTA President Carol Green has released the following statement in response to the proposed Governor’s May Budget Revise:

California State PTA is pleased that the Governor’s May budget revision includes many PTA priorities. We are encouraged by the projected increase in Proposition 98 funding and the proposed increase in the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) base grant. Adequate and stable school funding has been a long time PTA priority. Although we appreciate the direction of this proposal, we urge the Governor to embrace the significantly larger LCFF base grant increases proposed by the Legislature and supported by California State PTA.  Further, we renew our commitment to seek stable, ongoing funding rather than fluctuating and one-time funding.

PTA Priorities:

  • Nutrition Adding $611.8 million to the Universal school meals program to ensure reimbursement rates for schools continue when the federal funding ends (current funding ends 6/30/22 unless Congress acts to extend this program).
  • LCFF Base Funding May Revise proposes an increase of $2.1 billion, about three-percent, to the LCFF base funding. This will impact students in all public schools in California and we encourage the administration to go further to increase the funding closer to what is proposed in the legislature.
  • K-12 facilities $3.9 billion in facilities over the next three years for modernization and new construction. To address outstanding school maintenance and energy efficient upgrade, the governor is proposing an additional $1.8 billion.
  • Expanded Learning Opportunities This budget proposal would fully fund the implementation of the Expanded Learning Opportunities per classroom based ADA Program (ELOP) four years ahead of schedule. This proposal would allocate $2500 for every low income student, English language learner and foster youth in grades Tk-6 in the state.
  • Pre-Kindergarten Education
    • State Preschool Family Fee Waivers – waiving the family share cost for children participating in the State Preschool Program for the 2022-2023 school year
    • State Preschool Program – increased funding via adjustment factors for students with disabilities and dual language learners in the State Preschool Program

We are hopeful that the proposed Discretionary Block Grant will allow school districts to use one-time funds to address student learning challenges, support the mental health and wellness of students and staff and allow local decision making on how best to use the funds to support our local school communities.

The increase to 6.56% to the Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) from the proposal of 5.33% in January is improving news, although this still puts school districts behind inflation which is just over 8%. This highlights the need to pursue the Legislature’s proposals to further increase LCFF base funding.

PTA is also encouraged to see the Governor’s commitment to invest  in special education, community schools, mental health services, early literacy, community engagement, STEM instruction and teacher and staff retention and recruitment.

California State PTA will continue to work with both the administration and Legislature to ensure the needs of California’s children and families are met. As PTA members, this is an opportunity for advocacy both locally and throughout California.

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Read the statement from California State PTA President, Carol Green in response to the proposed 2022-2023 Governor’s Budget.

Health and Community Concerns Survey

We are inviting all PTA members to participate in our Health and Community Concerns survey to get a pulse on the topics that are important in your local schools and neighborhoods. We encourage local PTAs to share this survey with other interested community members. The survey will be available on our website through the end of May 2022.

The Health & Community Concerns Commission of the California State PTA addresses issues related to the support of the whole child within the home, school, and community. Your input will help drive our work and support children, youth, and families across California. Click here to take the survey

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Webinar On-Demand: Connecting Families to the Moments and Experiences that Matter

Reliable and affordable connectivity at home has become critical to keeping families informed, employed, and mentally/physically supported in their daily lives. California State PTA and Comcast want to share resources and programs to help all families get connected.

In 2021, Congress created the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP), a long-term, $14B benefit program that helps households afford the broadband they need for work, school, healthcare, and more. Join us on May 18th with Comcast California to learn more about the program and how families can access it.

Watch the webinar recording to learn:

  • What the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) is and how to enroll themselves or community members
  • How to find a participating Internet Service Provider in your area
  • Resources and tools to promote ACP to California State PTA families

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May 24, 2022 – California Revise Budget Discussion with Special Guest Kevin Gordon

Join the California State PTA Legislation Team and Kevin Gordon, one of the top West Coast fiscal experts in school funding, Tuesday, May 24 at 7 pm for a California budget discussion. Kevin will highlight some of the changes outlined in the Governor’s May Revise budget proposal and answer questions from our members. All PTA members welcome to this free event!

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BIO: Kevin Gordon, President and Partner, Capitol Advisors
Widely viewed among the top education advocates in California, Kevin is the President and a founding Partner of Capitol Advisors Group. Kevin was the longtime Executive Director of the California Association of School Business Officials (CASBO), and previously served as the Chief Lobbyist and Assistant Executive Director of the California School Boards Association (CSBA). He also served as Chief of Staff to Congressman Robert T. Matsui and as a legislative advocate for the California Building Industry Association (CBIA). He holds a master’s degree in public administration from the University of San Francisco. Prior to that, while completing his undergraduate degree in communication studies at the University of California, Davis, he was recruited by the IBM Corporation and served three years in its national marketing division for large systems.

Read the statements released by California State PTA President, Carol Green in response to the proposed 2022-2023 Governor’s Budget and the Governor’s May Budget Revise.

2022 Convention Chronicle: Your Call to Convention & Business of the Association

California State PTA hereby calls upon its membership to send duly accredited delegates to the Celebrating 125 Years of Your Kind of PTA Convention, April 29 to May 1, 2022.

All PTA members are encouraged to attend.

Download a pdf in English | Spanish.

Learn more about California State PTA Convention 2022:

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Program Manager (School Smarts)

General Description

The Program Manager is a full-time, exempt position based in the PTA state office in Sacramento that performs professional and administrative work to advance the goals of California State PTA, with an emphasis on the School Smarts Parent Engagement Program, including managing logistics, coordinating day-to-day functions, facilitating communications, and ensuring successful delivery of the program to an expanding number of school sites throughout California.

The position reports to the Director of Programs & Grant Development and works closely with regional and local and state PTA leaders, school district and school administrators and staff, consultants, PTA staff, the executive director, partner organizations and others.

Classification:

This position is classified on the exempt salary schedule as Program Manager.

Salary Range:

$58,240 to $71,200

Responsibilities:

  • Serve as staff lead and liaison for program delivery and logistical questions from School Smarts facilitators, coordinators, school district staff and PTA leaders
  • Works closely with the Director of Programs & Grant Development (and other staff and volunteer leaders, as appropriate) to:
  • Develop and implement plans and models for effective delivery and expansion of the program, including timelines and deliverables, budgeting, marketing, fundraising, training, communications and other aspects.
  • Improve program and service quality by establishing and/or refining processes, assessing efficiency, and recommending creative solutions, including those related to delivery of training and materials;
  • Identify, develop and implement technology solutions to existing challenges that improve efficiency and productivity;
  • Oversee data systems to improve delivery and support for all School Smarts activities, build the School Smarts graduate “community”, and support program and policy research and evaluations.
  • Develop and implement communications strategies, in coordination with communications staff, that:
    • market and promote the value of the program, including development of print and digital materials;
    • Support Family Engagement strategies and
    • Contribute to PTA organizational priorities
  • Develop and maintain web-based content, videos, communication tools, and training resources for program in coordination with communications staff.
  • Develop and oversee systems in collaboration with accounting staff to effectively maintain program-related records, contracts, and MOUs for facilitators, school districts, and coordinators, including coordinating payment; tracking facilitator reports, and ensuring completion of surveys and pre and post questionnaires.
  • Develop and oversee processes for maintaining, ordering and shipping materials, supplies and resources to participating sites, including facilitator and coordinator handbooks and materials; training resources; curriculum and handouts; art supplies; program information kit; graduation certificates, and others.
  • Oversee process and implementation of customization, preparation and printing of PEN fliers, parent academy brochures, PEN handouts and other materials for school sites.
  • Assist with planning and delivery of facilitator and steering committee trainings and Convention-related activities in support of the program
  • Assists with researching, developing and carrying out resource development strategies that lead to increased funding for the School Smarts program.
  • Performs other duties, as assigned.

Additional Responsibilities:

  • Attends meetings and events as required.

Working Conditions/Physical Demands:

  • Travel required 20% especially during heavy seasonal needs
  • May lift, carry and/or move objects weighing up to 25 pounds

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree and minimum of 2-3 years of experience as a Program Manager
  • Knowledge of family engagement, education and Local Control Funding Formula desired
  • Highly organized and able to manage a large number of priorities and deadlines at one time
  • Detail oriented, self-starter and highly motivated
  • Proficient using Microsoft Office including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook
  • Team player who thrives in a busy environment
  • Bilingual with fluency in Arabic, Chinese, Spanish, Tagalog or Vietnamese highly preferred

Director of Finance and Accounting

General Description

The Director of Finance and Accounting is an exempt, management position that performs professional work and reports to the Executive Director. The Director of Finance and Accounting oversees all aspects of general accounting operations for the association and ensures compliance with all association policies, procedures and nonprofit accounting principles. The position is responsible for planning, coordinating and directing the month-end close processes, providing day-to-day financial and accounting support including but not limited to accounts receivable, accounts payable, journal transfers, balance sheet, cash flow statements, budget reconciliation and reporting, and grant financial administration, across the various accounting disciplines, and provides coordination and leadership for the external financial statement audit for the association. The position serves as the primary staff to address accounting questions, issues and information requests. In addition, this position serves as the primary staff for accounting process improvement initiatives and business system improvement projects. This position works in consultation with the Treasurer, and interacts with Board members as well as staff.

 

Classification

This position is classified on the exempt salary schedule as Director.

 

Salary Range

$80,000 to $110,000

 

Essential Functions

  • Manage month-end close process, including reviewing all journal entries and preparing entries
  • Prepare monthly financial reports and actual vs. budget/forecast variance reports; research and explain variances
  • Manage, mentor and supervise the work of the accounting department and 2-3 staff, including daily oversight of AR, AP, general ledger and payroll
  • Review monthly account/bank reconciliations, monitor and resolve bank issues including fee anomalies and check differences
  • Deliver accurate, complete, and timely financial documents, including written analyses and reports
  • Review, analyze, and assist in negotiating insurance and other contracts
  • Respond to inquiries from other departments/entities regarding financial results and special reporting requests
  • Design, document and implement internal accounting processes and controls and ensure compliance with all association policies.
  • Work with external wealth management firm and provide support to the investment committee
  • Work with external auditors and CPAs on annual audit, tax filing and special projects; work with external attorneys to file required lobbying expense forms
  • Anticipate challenges and needs for the association’s financial operations, and identify and evaluate alternatives and propose solutions
  • Maintain effective communication with staff, board members, volunteers, vendors, partners and others
  • Communicate policies, objectives, accomplishments and general information to staff, board members and volunteers
  • Other duties as assigned

 

Qualifications

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function satisfactorily.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

 

Education and/or Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting or related field
  • 6 or more year of accounting and finance experience required
  • 2 or more years of experience in staff supervision
  • Experience in a non-profit is preferred
  • Knowledge of Quickbooks nonprofit, Excel and File Maker is desired

 

Supervisory Responsibilities

The Director of Finance and Accounting carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization’s policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities may include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.

 

Required Skills and Abilities

  • Understanding of, and commitment to, the organization’s mission, goals and policies
  • Knowledge of finance, accounting, budgeting, and generally accepted accounting principles
  • Ability to read and analyze financial data and prepare financial reports, statements and projections
  • Strong analytical and problem solving abilities
  • Working knowledge of relevant technology systems and accounting software
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Ability to develop and maintain effective relationships with staff, board members, volunteers, vendors, partners and others
  • Team player; Ability to demonstrate overall outlook that is positive, open, and supportive of others
  • Ability to achieve understanding and exchange of ideas through effective listening and clear, timely communications, both verbally and in writing
  • High level of professionalism and customer service skills; ability to maintain confidential information and address sensitive matters with tact and diplomacy
  • Ability to provide staff training, supervision, support and planning; Hands-on or supervisory experience over transaction processing systems
  • Knowledge of federal and state financial regulations, specifically nonprofit tax and corporate filing requirements
  • Ability to identify improvements and implement changes in financial and administrative support services
  • Ability to “self-start” without supervision; self-reliance, energy and resourcefulness
  • Valid California driver’s license

 

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Position requires extensive sitting, some bending, lifting (up to 25 pounds), stooping and stretching.  Effective eye-hand coordination and manual dexterity sufficient to operate a computer keyboard, a photocopy machine, telephone, calculator, and other office equipment is also required.