The California State PTA has issued the following legislative priorities - read more here.
ADVOCACY GOALS FOR 2011-2013
l Adequate funding for education to ensure every child has the opportunity to meet his or her full potential.
l Prevent bullying and cyberbulling.
l Access to a full curriculum for every student that includes physical education, arts and STEM (science, technology, engineering and math).
l Support children’s health by promoting healthy lifestyles and putting health and support services within reach.
l Promote greater and more meaningful family engagement.
l Support the needs of vulnerable children.
PTA Legislative Updates
Get informed about the upcoming election! Register to Vote!Is everyone over 18 in your household registered to vote? If not, download the registration form. Fill it out and mail it in prior to the Oct. 22 deadline. Pension Reform: Governor Brown Announces Pension Reform Agreement, 8/29.Tax Initiatives:These directly impact our school funding! Two Tax Initiatives are on the Nov. 6 ballot which will affect our school's funding: Prop 30 and Prop 38. Please be informed that this directly affects Los Perales! If Prop 30 doesn't pass, the trigger cuts, which are part of the state budget agreement, will go into effect and there will be budget cuts of $441 per student to our district (total $800,000 annually). There also will be trigger cuts to Higher Education. $250 million would be cut from UC and CSU each, and $338.6 million would be cut from CA Community Colleges. For more information on the Tax Initiatives, please visit LAO's website. For more information, or to find out how you can help get the word out to our community, please contact Willow Boone via email, email@example.com come to our next PTA Meeting for Legislative news that will affect our school
Education Funding, What You Can Do
The 17 Billion dollar cuts to education over the past two years have changed the conversations taking place in every school district across the state. While we are certainly fortunate to live in the Moraga School District, where our conservative stewardship and committed parents and teachers have resulted in healthy reserves, we need to be realistic about the effects of year after year of budget cuts. Here are some things you can do...
1) Send letters to the Governor and legislators supporting education funding (after you sign them, either bring them to the school office or mail them directly) :click here
2) Learn about the Acalanes Unified School District emergency parcel tax, Measure A: www.aboutMeasureA.org
(Measure A will be a mail-only ballot in May; the campaign is just starting up.) click here
3) Learn about the “Local Control of Local Classrooms Funding Act”, which would reduce the vote threshold for approving parcel taxes from two-thirds to 55%. The State PTA has endorsed this initiative: www.improvedschoolfunding.com click here
4) Educate yourself on school financing: click here
(State education funding declined from $50.3 billion in 2007-‘08 to $44.6 billion in July 2009, a difference of $5.7 billion. Additional cuts in 2010 are expected: the Legislative Analyst recommended over $800 million in additional cuts.)
5) Sign up with the Las Trampas Creek Council of PTAs for education updates:click here
6) Sign up with the State PTA for their updates: click here
7) If you haven’t already, contribute to the Panther Donor Pool and MEF. (If you have, Thank You.)
Our Elected Representatives
Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors
Gayle B. Uilkema
California State Assembly, 14th District
California State Senate, 7th District
US House of Representatives
10th Congressional District
US Senate: Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein