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Dear Education Advocate,

For many years a tax loophole has permitted taxpayers to profit by financially supporting private school voucher programs. This profitable tax shelter has fueled rapid growth in these voucher programs, leading to a major transfer of public dollars into private schools. Moreover, these profits come at the expense of state and federal budgets and do not find their way into public schools or public services.

The IRS has proposed regulations that would shut down this tax shelter and could significantly weaken the popularity and growth of these voucher programs. However, private school choice advocates have been flooding the IRS regulations comment section asking that the IRS maintain this tax shelter by providing a special exemption for private school tuition tax credits that will allow them to continue to receive a federal tax credit for donating to private schools.

We need your help to tell the IRS not to create a special carveout in these regulations for donations to private schools.  All you need to do is click on the “Take Action” button below to submit a comment to the IRS. Thank you for your continued support for public schools.
 
Thank you,
National PTA


           

October 2, 2018

 

OCTOBER IS DYSLEXIA AWARENESS MONTH

Media Contacts:

Michelle Eklund, Assistant Executive Director
meklund@capta.org / (951) 314-3707

Brad Waller, Vice President for Communications
bwaller@capta.org / (951) 314-3707

SACRAMENTO – Did you know that about 18 percent of the population of the United States has some of the symptoms of dyslexia, including slow or inaccurate reading, poor spelling, poor writing or mixing up similar words? This October, California State PTA is raising awareness about dyslexia in honor of National Dyslexia Awareness Month.

According to the International Dyslexia Association, dyslexia is a neurobiological learning disability that is characterized by difficulties with accurate word recognition, poor spelling and poor decoding abilities. Because of these symptoms, people with dyslexia often experience problems in reading comprehension and have a reduced reading experience, which can impede growth of vocabulary.

Without proper remediation, most students who struggle to learn to read will continue to struggle with reading and face lasting consequences throughout their school career and life in general, including emotional or social problems as well as an increased risk of not earning a high school diploma and not attending or completing college.

"I know firsthand how important early detection of dyslexia is, as well as the importance improving education services for the students who are affected. I am dyslexic. I know that strong family support and school support is absolutely crucial." said California State PTA President Dianna MacDonald.

California State PTA and its units, councils and districts recognize that dyslexia has significant educational implications that need to be better addressed by public schools and school districts. In 2016, California State PTA delegates adopted a comprehensive resolutionsupporting necessary training for educators and school staff to improve the understanding of dyslexia, as well as support early screening for signs and symptoms of dyslexia in kindergarten through third grade.

All month, California State PTA will be sharing resources, information and tools to inform and educate parents and families about supporting students with dyslexia. Do you know someone with dyslexia? Share your story with us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. Let’s raise awareness about dyslexia!

About California State PTA:
California State PTA connects families, schools and communities. We are part of the foundation of our public-education system and a trusted messenger to millions of members, parents, families, educators and allied agencies throughout the state. PTA is the nation’s largest volunteer-led child-advocacy association working to drive improvements in the education, health and well-being of all children and families. For more information: www.capta.org.


 
 
           

September 28, 2018

 
 
 
 

 FAMILY ENGAGEMENT BILL AB 2878 SIGNED INTO LAW BY GOVERNOR

SACRAMENTO – Assembly Bill 2878, sponsored by California State PTA and co-authored by Assemblymember Rocky Chavez and Assemblymember Kevin McCarty, has been signed into law by Governor Brown.

Signed yesterday, this legislation will add research-based family engagement guidance and practice into the California Education Code. It will provide schools, districts and parents access to research-based best practices for family engagement and involvement.

Research demonstrates that when schools practice authentic family engagement, absenteeism is reduced, dropout rates decrease and student achievement and graduation rates go up.

"California State PTA is extremely proud to sponsor this important bill that supports meaningful and effective family engagement, " said California State PTA President Dianna MacDonald.

"We are ecstatic that AB 2878 has been signed into law, and look forward to seeing the students of California benefit from this thoughtful approach to family engagement,"said MacDonald.

Family engagement is a cost-effective way to increase student achievement. According to research, schools would need to increase spending by more than $1,000 more per pupil to gain the same results as effective family engagement.

Media Contacts:

Michelle Eklund, Assistant Executive Director
meklund@capta.org / (951) 314-3707

Brad Waller, Vice President for Communications
bwaller@capta.org


PTA sees this as a simple and powerful next step to ensuring we build positive long term relationships between families and schools especially with our next generation parents and families and those underserved.

Read more about AB 2878 here.

 
 

About California State PTA:
California State PTA connects families, schools and communities. We are part of the foundation of our public-education system and a trusted messenger to millions of members, parents, families, educators and allied agencies throughout the state. PTA is the nation’s largest volunteer-led child-advocacy association working to drive improvements in the education, health and well-being of all children and families. For more information: www.capta.org.