PTA is Advocacy!

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A Century of Action

In 1897, the PTA formed as an advocacy organization, with the goal of improving the lives of children.

From the very beginning, members worked hard to establish programs and call for legislation to improve our children’s lives.

PTA advocates played a key role in the following:

  • Child Labor Laws – getting children out of the factories and into the schools
  • Juvenile justice system
  • Creation of Kindergarten classes
  • Public health service
  • Mandatory immunization
  • Hot and healthy lunches
  • Arts in Education – “SMARTS” Arts education campaign
  • School Safety
  • State Anti-Bullying Laws
  • School Funding – passage of Prop. 98 (guaranteeing our schools 40% minimum of the state budget expenditures); school bonds measure (lowering the Prop. 13 2/3 requirement for funding for school facilities)

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Last year, volunteer PTA advocates in Sacramento reviewed about 5000 bills a year, and testified on about 1000 bills.

California PTA 2013-15 advocacy goals for 2013-15:

  • Supporting the needs of vulnerable children;
  • Adequate funding for every child’s education;
  • Access to a full curriculum for every child;
  • Highly-effective educators in every classroom;
  • Standards, assessments and accountability that best serve every child’s needs;
  • Safe and positive school climate;
  • Early childhood education;
  • Healthy lifestyles and access to support services for physical, emotional, social and mental health.


Sixth District Advocacy Team

  • Sixth District PTA Director of Legislation:  Nancy Krop
  • Advocacy Communications Chair – Jean Znidarsic
  • Sixth District PTA VP of Education – Erwin Morton
  • Evergreen Council – Cat Urbas
  • Cupertino/Fremont/Sunnyvale Council – Sandi Spires
  • Los Altos/Mountain View Council – Elena Shea
  • Milpitas Council – open
  • North Valley Council – Lisset Nevárez
  • Palo Alto Council – Rebecca Fox
  • San Jose Unified Council – Sherri Taylor
  • Santa Clara Council – Sarah Hedges