Delegates from our schools’ PTAs joined other PTA leaders from across the state at the 2021 (virtual this year) California State PTA Legislative Conference, where the theme was A Path to Equity. This two-day event provides PTA advocates with the background, resources, and contacts to advocate for issues that impact the well-being of children and families. The 2021 theme was well-timed, as legislatures in Sacramento, Washington, D.C., and beyond are tackling equity issues head-on.
One thing that elected officials have said is that they value input from parents on issues that affect children. If one or more of the issues below is important to you, please contact your representatives and let them know how you feel. Here is the link to find the elected officials near you (for Lincoln’s area, it’s Sen. Ben Allen and Rep. Richard Bloom).
Some of the highlights include:
– California AB14: for deployment of broadband infrastructure to California’s underserved communities to bridge the digital divide.
– California SB4: will amend the California Advanced Services Fund to make communities eligible for grants based on broadband need, making it easier for local governments to fund their internet infrastructure.
– California SB224: would require schools to provide age-appropriate mental health education, providing students with understanding of the principles of mental health.
Click here for the PTA equity agenda for this year. For further information on any legislative advocacy issues, contact Legislative Advocacy Chair for Santa Monica-Malibu Council of PTAs, Casper Casparian.
Important: Lincoln is looking for a new unit-level legislative advocacy rep! If interested please reach out to LMS PTA President Teague Weybright at firstname.lastname@example.org to speak with other past/outgoing reps and find out more! This is a fun and great way to keep up on issues affecting education and help out Lincoln. Thanks!