PTA Sponsored Bill to Support Family Engagement on Governor’s Desk

September 12, 2018

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Assembly Bill 2878, sponsored by California State PTA and co-authored by Assemblymember Rocky Chavez and Assemblymember Kevin McCarty, has passed the Assembly and Senate on a bipartisan vote and is now waiting for the Governor’s signature.

AB 2878 would put researched-based family engagement guidance and practice into the California Education Code.

The bill ensures that researched-based guidelines defining family engagement and involvement are provided to schools and districts to guide them in this important work.

Research demonstrates that when schools practice authentic family engagement, there is reduced absenteeism, decreased dropout rates, increased student achievement and increased graduation rates.

“Decades of research have shown that through authentic family engagement, we have better attendance in schools, higher graduation rates and higher attendance in post secondary education,” said California State PTA President Dianna MacDonald.

“California State PTA has supported the eight state priorities delineated in the Local Control Funding Formula and believe that a clear definition in the education code will help support our local schools.”

Family engagement is a cost-effective way to increase student achievement. According to research, schools would need to increase spending by more than $1,000 more per pupil to gain the same results as effective family engagement.

PTA sees this as a simple and powerful next step to ensuring we build positive long term relationships between families and schools especially with our next generation parents and families and those underserved.

Read more about AB 2878.