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Legislation Agenda

2016-2017 Legislation Agenda 
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At the Local Level, we will advocate for and support: 

     Engagement:

  •  Continued opportunities for parent/student participation in budget and policy developments that affect students. Encourage parent/student participation in review and development of the CUSD Local Control and Accountability Plan.
  •  Parent, student and community participation as public education advocates. Educate parents and the public about CUSD schools and the positive impact of strong public schools in our communities.
  • PTA and CUSD in partnerships with local businesses and the community to enhance student achievement.
  • Programs in our schools, communities and the district that promote diversity and inclusion.
  • Educate local stake holders, parents, community members, elected representatives in school funding for facilities and programs.

 

     Student Achievement:

  •  Smaller class sizes at primary grade levels.
  •  Teacher and student resources around the California state standards, including those that promote district-wide success in the Smarter Balance Assessments.
  •  Continued and expanded access to visual and performing arts programs for all students and promote imbedding the arts into all grade level curriculums.
  •  High school curriculum, including academic electives and coursework, designed to achieve college and career readiness.
  • Equal and consistent site support and access to technology, training and ongoing professional development.
  • Effective guidance services and programs for secondary students looking toward post-graduation college and career options.

 

·           Student Wellness and School Climate:

  • Prioritizing counseling, physical and mental health services, and student support staff at all schools to provide a supportive, nurturing and safe environment for students.
  • Programs that support physical fitness and address childhood obesity. Advocate for increased CUSD support of school athletic programs.
  • Programs and health curriculum that address the negative effects that media messages about body image have on a majority of adolescent and teen girls.
  • Programs that prevent bullying and cyber-bullying. Advocate for education and resources to support targeted students and their families.
  • Maintain funding of School Resource Officers; support drug and alcohol education and prevention programs at all middle and high schools.

     Facilities and Technology:

  •  CUSD to inform the community of the state of facilities and develop plans for modernization, repair, and upgrade of those facilities.
  • Continued implementation of the district’s technology upgrade plan in a timely and fair manner.

 

At the State Level, we will advocate for and support: 

  •  Advocate for sufficient funding to repair, modernize, and construct needed school facilities.
  • Support efforts to guarantee a stable school finance system so that all schools receive adequate funding without relying on ancillary local fundraising.
  • Support efforts to ensure transparent and effective accountability through Local Control and Accountability Plans.
  • Provide local school districts with flexibility in decision-making and the allocating of funds, allowing sufficient reserves to support financial stability
  • Improve school attendance through policies that reduce truancy and address chronic absenteeism.
  • Support funding to ensure access for every student to a full curriculum under California State Standards, including STEAM and physical education.
  • Advocate for programs that promote student health and safety, including driving safety. 

  

At the Federal Level, we will:

  •  Urge Congress to expand and strengthen family engagement provisions in education policy legislation.
  •  Fight for access to well-rounded curricula, equity protections for disadvantaged populations, and accountability to parents and the community.
  • Support measures to ensure student access to highly qualified teachers.
  • Urge Congress to increase federal funding for Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) by a minimum of an additional 3% this year, to move towards the commitment made by Congress to authorize federal funding of 40% of IDEA costs.
  • Support federal programs and policies that promote safe routes to school, prevent bullying, and protect children from gun violence.

 

         


   
 

      
Capistrano Unified Council PTSA
PO Box 2183
Mission Viejo, CA  92690  
Ellen Gravitt - 2016-2017 President
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