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California State PTA Advocacy Goals

Advocate For

  • The expansion of quality preschool programs

  • Programs that promote the health and welfare of all children and families

  • Stable and sustainable public education funding comparable to the top ten states

  • A full curriculum for all students that includes P.E. and the arts

  • Legislation to reduce the effects of poverty on children and families


How PTA Advocates


  • PTA is a tax-exempt IRC 501(c)(3), non-partisan, non-sectarian, and non-commercial organization.


  • PTA may take positions and advocate on public issues but not on candidates


  • Taking positions on candidates would jeopardize PTAs tax-exempt status


“PTA speaks up for all children and families to make a difference at the local, regional, state and national level.”


  • The National PTA takes positions and advocates on federal issues


  • California State PTA takes positions and advocates on California issues


  • District PTAs take positions on issues affecting their city and county


  • Unit PTAs may take positions on issues that affect their local community


Get Your Unit Involved

  • Place a Legislation Chair on your Unit Board

  • Review PTA position statements and resolutions

  • Take a position on a local ballot measure

  • Hold a candidate forum

  • Contact your legislators


Units must follow detailed procedures at each level (National, California, City, and neighborhood) to get approval to for the PTA to take a position and advocate on Public Issues.


       The required procedures can be found in the PTA ToolKit

       For more information refer to


Get informed and engaged with California State PTAs Advocacy Insider e-newsletter and Legislative Alerts

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