President’s Letter…

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Wow! I just had an amazing week of PTA. I joined a number of PTA parents from San Diego at the California State PTA Convention in Sacramento last week. What a great event! We heard about the importance of civics in education from the Chief Justice of California, the Hon. Tani G. Cantil-Sakuye. We heard from Dr. Mae Jemison, an astronaut who is leading a group called 100 Year Starship. Funded in part by the DOD, 100 Year Starship will assure the capability for human interstellar space travel within the next 100 years. Sounds like STEAM in action! We also had the opportunity to take a huge range of workshops including officer training, advocacy, program development, and student involvement to name a few. Convention is also the business of the organization. I am pleased to announce that the association passed three important resolutions this year. Resolution A. The association voted in favor of educating parents and children as to the dangers of synthetic marijuana, that climate change is a children’s issue and that LGBTQ+ inclusiveness should be a part of health education in California. Click here or contact me for resolution details. Remember that these are not laws, but guiding principals for PTA advocacy. It was a great week as I said, but there is even more good news. The California PTA state convention will be in San Diego next year! Mark your calendars for May.  If you simply cannot wait until May 2016, don’t worry. The 9th District PTA Summer Leadership Conference is just around the corner. It is happening June 6th at the University of San Diego. It is a full day of helpful workshops with a large vendor area to help get your PTA off to a good start in September.

It is LCAP update time in San Diego Unified. Part of the update process is parent input. This is your chance to give input at the school site level. Do you need to be a budget guru for this? Not at all. I encourage you to talk with your principal, your teachers, and your children about what is going well at your school and what needs improvement. Please inform your parents about this opportunity so that each school can be its best. The local control Funding formula will fail without parent input. If you have any school funding or budget questions, please contact the Council.

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