2021-2023 CUCPTSA Legislation Agenda
Approved by CUCPTSA on September 13, 2021
At the Local Level, we will advocate for and support:
- Collaborate with parents/students in budget and policy developments that affect all students. Encourage parent and student participation in development and monitoring the CUSD Local Control and Accountability Plan, Strategic Plan, Cultural Proficiency Plan.
- Parents, students and community participation as public education advocates. Educate parents and the public about CUSD schools and the positive impact of strong schools on our communities.
- PTA and CUSD 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.
- Increased State funding for 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 to post-graduation college and career options.
- Promote programs that develop civic responsibility.
Facilities and Technology:
- CUSD to inform the community of the state of facilities and develop plans for modernization, repair, and upgrade of those facilities.
- Implementation of the district’s technology upgrade plan in a timely manner.
- Parents, students, and community members to access and participate in District meetings both in person and virtually.
Student Wellness and School Climate:
- Prioritize Professional Development for teachers, school staff, administration on building positive inclusive communities and preventing bullying.
- Promoting school climates that are welcoming, safe, equitable, and inclusive fo all students.
- 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 supporting health curriculum, physical fitness that address childhood obesity, and the negative effects of media messages about body image on adolescents.
- 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 and drug and alcohol education at all schools.
- Support anti-vaping (e-cigarette), tobacco products, drug, alcohol, and fentanyl poisoning education programs at all schools.education programs in all schools.
At the State Level, we will advocate for and support:
- Raise base funding grant in Local Control Funding
- Educate on school funding: Local Control Funding Formula, Prop 98, Prop 13, local bind measures.
- A stable school finance system without relying on ancillary local fundraising.
- Transparency and accountability through Local Control and Accountability Plans.
- School funding based on enrollment not attendance (remove ADA funding formula).
- Improved school attendance through policies that reduce truancy and address chronic absenteeism.
- Access for every student to a full curriculum under the California State Standards, including Health, Ethnic Studies, Arts, Music, Science, History, and Physical Education.
- Measures to eliminate any opportunity gaps.
- Sufficient funding to repair, modernize, and construct needed school facilities.
- Ensure student access to highly qualified teachers with support for retention and recruitment of new teachers.
At the Federal Level, we will:
- 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.
- Educate federal representatives on California school funding.
- Expand and strengthen family engagement.
- Fight for access to well-rounded curricula, equity protections for disadvantaged populations, and accountability to parents and the community.
- Support federal programs and policies that promote safe routes to school, prevent bullying, and protect children from gun violence.
- Universal feeding for all students.
- Support Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion education programs for our schools.