MEMBERSHIP… Time to Start Your Mid-Year Campaign!

Did you know?

* PTAs that run more than one campaign a year have, on average, 20 percent more members.

* Nationwide, approximately 18 percent of PTA members join in January and February.

* Running membership campaigns more frequently reminds your members that membership is everyone’s business, especially if you weave membership into programs, activities, and general PTA work, too.

* February is not too late for parents to make a real impact on their children’s education. Lay the groundwork for success

* Ask your PTA board to explain to potential members what your PTA does for the children of your community.

* Determine whether your PTA/PTSA is meeting the needs of your members and community.

* Align your goals with the needs and interests of your members and community.

* Make sure you have the support of your principal and school staff.

Click HERE for tips for getting started.

LCAP UPDATE-What You Need To Know…

The San Diego Unified School District is in year 2 of its 3 year LCAP plan.  As part of the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF), school districts, county offices of education and charter schools are required to develop, adopt, and annually update a three-year Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP), beginning on July 1, 2014.

 The LCAP is required to identify annual goals, specific actions, and measure progress for student subgroups across multiple performance indicators, including student academic achievement, school climate, student access to a broad curriculum, and parent engagement. School districts and charter schools are required to obtain parent and public input in developing, revising and updating LCAPs.

The academic priorities must be aligned to the district’s spending plan. The Board of Education must first approve the LCAP before adopting the annual district budget. The LCAP highlights actions funded with Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) dollars from the State. County superintendents must review school district LCAPs and ensure alignment of projected spending, services, and goals. Charter school LCAPs will be reviewed by the chartering authority. County Offices of Education’s are required to provide technical assistance when they disapprove an LCAP. The state Superintendent of Public Instruction may intervene if a school district or charter school fails to show improvement across multiple subgroups in three out of four consecutive years.

 The LCAP Planning team is comprise of School district employees, teachers, parents, community members and students.  The planning team is currently reviewing the LCAP and preparing to make recommendations to the district regarding the update of the LCAP.  How are things at your school?  Let the PTA council know.  Do you have questions about the LCAP?  Please contact us with any questions or comments.  

Input from parents across the school district is vital.  
Click HERE for the LEA Plan Update.
Click HERE for the 2014-2015 LEA Plan.
Click HERE to look at a user friendly version of the LCAP with color coded descriptions of where we are in terms of actions and services called for in the LCAP.


ARTS EDUCATION… Should it be a core subject in school?

An arts education task force formed by California Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson is calling for arts education to be elevated to a core subject and be available to all students.

“We have been extremely fortunate to have such a knowledgeable and creative group committed to helping our state rebuild its infrastructure for arts education,” Torlakson said. “The picture they paint is one of a relevant, robust and dynamic curriculum to keep kids in schools, narrow the achievement gap and give students an opportunity to discover and develop their individual talents. But they also highlight the need to make certain all students have access to arts education so they can explore their own artistic vision.”

California State PTA representatives served on the group that developed the Blueprint, and the association is part of the new CREATE CA Coalition dedicated to building public will around the recommendations.

Click HERE to download and view a copy of the Blueprint for Creative Schools.


CLIMATE CHANGE RESOLUTION… It’s going to Sacramento!

The California State PTA resolutions committee has recommended our Council resolution “Climate Change is a Children’s Issue” be submitted to the delegates at the 2015 California State PTA convention. If passed, this resolution will authorize California State PTA, its units, councils and districts to advocate for meaningful action to protect today’s children as well as future generations from the negative effects of climate change.

More good news — on December 9, 2014, the San Diego Unified Board of Education passed a resolution written by board members Richard Barrera and Michael McQuary in support of our PTA climate change initiative.

Delegates will debate this resolution at California State PTA Convention to be held April 30 to May 3 in Sacramento, California. Please consider sending a voting delegate from your unit  to Convention this year so our Council is well-represented. We need you!

Click HERE to read the resolution.