This is the first time in over 20 years that dyslexia legislation has been enacted in the State of California. The new law will require California to update the criteria for identifying dyslexic children for special education services by adding "phonological processing" to the criteria for determining eligibility for special education services. It also calls for the State Superintendent of Public Instruction and the CA Department of Ed. to develop guidelines to assist teachers, parents, and professionals identify, assess and improve educational services for dyslexic students. For more information, see the links below.
Posted by: Rachel Hurd
PTA is the largest grassroots child advocacy organization in California. Its legislative mission is to speak on behalf of all children and youth at the local, state and federal levels. One purpose of PTA is “to secure adequate laws for the care and protection of children and youth,” and which is why PTA promotes and encourages legislative advocacy for the education and welfare of ALL children and youth.
The California State PTA takes positions on issues/legislation based on position statements in the California State PTA Toolkit, California State PTA convention resolutions, California State PTA Legislation Platform and National PTA positions and convention resolutions. Unit, Council and District PTA legislative chairs provide PTA members with information about PTA positions on current legislation and issues.
Any PTA district, council or unit may recommend action on legislation to the California State PTA Board of Managers. PTA districts, councils, and units are responsible for taking action on local issues originating in school districts, cities, regions, or counties.
Local PTA legislative advocacy chairs lead advocacy efforts on children’s issues at the local level by educating PTA members, community members and elected officials about issues of concern and legislative priorities and goals. Among many other things, PTA in California continues to focus on securing adequate funding for our public schools.
PTAs should participate actively in the process through which public policy decisions are made. “No amount of fundraising can have as much impact as a single piece of legislation.” Here in the SRVUSD, we work closely with our local legislators to make sure that they are aware of our priorities and that they work with other legislators throughout the State, on a non-partisan basis, to secure laws that improve the lives of children and families.
What this all means to the families of the SRVUSD is that, throughout the course of this year, you will be hearing from us about legislative issues. Sometimes we'll just be providing information, other times, we will be asking you take action. So, please watch for our articles. Either way, it is important to be informed.
If you would like more information about the San Ramon Valley Council of PTAs’ legislative advocacy please feel free to contact Lisa Gross at email@example.com or visit our Legislative Advocacy webpage <http://srvcpta-ca.schoolloop.com/Legislative>.
Posted by: Lisa Gross
ed100.org @ 2014 CAPTA Convention
Guide to School Funding in 2013-2014 from EdSource
A great overview for the beginner and the experienced education advocate on how school funding in CA will change after the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF)/AB97.
Download an easy-to-read guide ...more
About the Legislative Advocacy Committee
Recipient of the 2008 National PTA Outstanding Advocacy Award
Our goal is to influence, within PTA guidelines, federal, state and local policy makers to pass laws and grant funding which will provide for the improvement and betterment of our public schools in both curriculum and facilities. In order to accomplish this goal, we will clarify legislative issues affecting our schools to the parent population and community at large, and encourage them to move to action.
Who We Are
We are the legislative advocacy committee of the San Ramon Valley Council of PTAs. The committee consists of representatives from elementary, middle and high school PTAs in the San Ramon Valley Council area, Council board members, the SRVUSD Superintendent, a teacher representative and a school board representative. A core committee consists of approximately 10 members of the whole legislative committee. The core committee receives, analyzes, and disseminates information from our federal and state legislature, and advises the legislative representative from each school on PTA positions taken. The legislative representative then informs their PTA and parent population.
- Lead letter-writing campaigns to federal, state and local policy makers
- Meet with legislative decision-makers in business and in government offices
- Coordinate with other PTA councils on legislative action
- Include media and business community in legislative issues that affect our schools
- Sponsor informational seminars with persons such as State PTA lobbyists to help us become more effective advocates
- Inform parent population and community as to how school financing operates and how current legislative proposals affect the schools within the San Ramon Valley Council
- Monitor and distribute information regarding legislation which affects our schools
- Provide parent population and community with accurate information and action strategy as it pertains to key issues
- Write letters to legislature regarding our position on key issues
- Meet with our legislators to discuss legislative issues affecting children, including annual legislative trips to Sacramento
How You Can Help
For more information contact: