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PTA Needs Your Help to Strengthen Family Engagement in Schools

Tell Your Legislator to Support Assembly Bill 2878

Family engagement is a key predictor of student success. That’s why California State PTA is sponsoring Assembly Bill 2878 by Assemblymember Rocky Chávez (San Diego).

The bill is scheduled to be heard in the Assembly Education Committee on Wednesday, April 11. We need your help to support family engagement. Call your Assemblymember today and ask them to vote YES on AB 2878!

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Additional Background

This bill demonstrates a commitment to connecting families, schools and communities and to improving student outcomes. AB 2878 seeks to use research-based guidelines to define what authentic family engagement could look like in the Education Code to help guide schools. The suggested activities have been developed using research-based family engagement practices and standards, including, but not limited to, the PTA National Standards for Family-School Partnerships.

It could also include:

  • Outreach to stengthen the local LCFF/LCAP process
  • Outreach in multiple languages
  • Outreach to parents and families that are underrepresented in the school, school district, or county office of education
  • Outreach strategies that are diverse and innovative.

Research shows authentic family engagement leads to reduced absenteeism, decreased dropout rates, increased student achievement and increased graduation rates which lead to young adults who are college and career ready.

As school districts implement their own family engagement activities and programs, equity becomes an issue for students and families and the level of engagement being offered by their school districts. But with many new programs, families may not know what is possible. Outlining some of these options in the Education Code helps school districts and families know what their options are to create a more engaging education community.  Read the full bill background.