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Legislative Updates


CALIFORNIA STATE PTA LEGISLATIVE FOCUS AREAS Legislative Action Reports outline California State PTA’s positions and activities on state legislation. Click here to see the Final Legislative Action Report (February 2022). MONTHLY ADVOCACY AND BRIEFING CALL Join the California State PTA Legislation Team for an informational briefing, followed by an opportunity to speak with Legislation Team members in small group settings. You will have an opportunity during office hours to ask questions and discuss effective ways to advocate at your school, district, and greater community. The next call is April 19, 2022 at 7:00 p.m. PST. Click here to register and join the Zoom call. SACRAMENTO SAFARI Due to the rapid spread of the Omicron variant of COVID-19, Sacramento Safari (originally scheduled for January 2022) had to be postponed. We are currently planning a virtual event in the spring of 2022 and are looking for PTA members interested in being a part of the Sacramento Safari Committee. Please email if you are interested. PTA TAKES ACTION! Support the Child Tax Credit expansion to reduce the number of children living in poverty by more than 40 percent nationally. The California State PTA believes that the permanent expansion of the Child Tax Credit (CTC) will help children and families to address some of their most basic needs. This will promote children’s healthy development and well-being, and increase educational opportunities for our most vulnerable children. A permanent expansion of the CTC will also boost local economies and advance racial equity. PTA believes a permanent Child Tax Credit will support our most vulnerable children and will provide them the opportunity to reach their full potential. The expanded Child Tax Credit currently provides more than 35 million households up to $3,600 (or $300 per month) in tax cuts per child by extending the American Rescue Plan’s expanded Child Tax Credit. The Build Back Better framework will provide monthly payments to the parents of nearly 90 percent of American children for the 2022 year. This is $300 per month per child under six and $250 per month per child ages 6 to 17. This historic tax cut helps cover the cost of food, housing, health care, and transportation for families in need. Studies conducted by organizations such as the Brookings Institution show that this credit has affected the largest one-year reduction in child poverty in history. The framework includes permanent refundability for the Child Tax Credit, meaning that the neediest families will continue to receive the full Child Tax Credit over the long run. Click here to send a message to your elected officials. STUDENT MENTAL HEALTH IN CA SCHOOLS The California State PTA Legislation Team hosted a panel on student mental health in California schools on March 15, 2022. Click here to listen to a recording of the panelists, which included experts from California Association of School Counselors, California School Social Workers Association, California Association of School Psychologists, and First 5 California who discussed how our kids’ mental health is impacting their schooling, and their take on what can and should be done. UPCOMING DATES

  • April 19, 2022 Monthly Advocacy Call; register here

  • April 29th - May 1st California State PTA Convention

    • Register now to attend the California State PTA Convention and attend advocacy workshops

  • Advocacy Day in Sacramento, June 9, 2022

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