Thirty-Second District PTA 2018 Resolution: Improving and Stabilizing Education Funding

Our resolution will be presented a the 2018 California State PTA Convention in Ontario, CA. Voting delegates to the California State PTA Convention should plan to attend one of the resolution hearings:

- Friday, April 27 from 5:30-6:30pm

- Saturday, April 28 from 7:30-8:30am

The Resolution hearing is your opportunity to hear why we believe our resolution: Improving and Stabilizing Education Funding is important to PTA. You can find our resolution below and in the CAPTA Convention guide.  Questions? Contact us!

Resolution Advocacy Kit (Let's talk about #edfunding!)

2018 Resolution: Improving and Stabilizing Education Funding

BACKGROUND SUMMARY
California remains well below the national average in terms of per pupil spending, resulting in an education system where our children are consistently and troublingly below the national average in terms of both basic understanding and proficiency when compared to their peers across the nation.  The achievement gap is even wider when we review the data for low income and minority students in the state. 


In 2015-16, California ranked 41st among all states in spending per K-12 student after adjusting for differences in the cost of living in each state. California schools spent $10,291 per K-12 student in 2015-16, which is about $1,900 less than the $12,252 per student spent by the nation as a whole, according to the California Budget and Policy Center.  This lack of funding has clear effects when we observe how the state ranks for counselors (790 to 1) , school nurses (ratio of 2,784 to 1, four times what the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends), administrators (315 to 1, 48th), librarians (7800 to 1, 51st), all of whom add important components from behavioral and health interventions, student outcome and teacher efficacy supports, and assist students to better learn and process information.  The funding disparity is nowhere more evident than in the classroom . California has 42,000 fewer teachers than Texas, yet California schools serve 1.4 million more students.” 


Under these conditions, it is not surprising that average scores are lower in all categories for all subjects compared to the national average for California’s 4th and 8th graders according to the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) 2015 Report. These issues are exacerbated and scores are significantly lower where students are eligible for free and reduced lunch.

The achievement gap begins well before K-12 enrollment. By the time children enter kindergarten, dramatic socio-economic and racial school-readiness gaps are deeply entrenched. It is for this reason that early childhood education has such a critical role to play in addressing student achievement and its funding should be considered in any California State PTA action.


According to CSBA’s Policy Brief, California’s Challenge: Adequately Funding Education in the 21st Century, current K-12 education is underfunded by between $24-42 billion. California must consider multiple, steady and consistent strategies to address the issues detailed above and bring California’s per pupil spending in line with the highest achieving states in the U.S.V

1 WHEREAS, California student achievement is below the achievement level of most other states and a significant number of California students do not meet California proficiency standards; and


2 WHEREAS, Lack of quality early childhood education creates an achievement gap before students enroll in kindergarten; and


3 WHEREAS, California students have fewer counselors, school nurses, administrators, librarians, and small class sizes than most states in the nation; and


4 WHEREAS, California school funding, adjusted for cost of living, is significantly below the funding levels of most other states; and


5 WHEREAS, California’s tax system fails to provide a stable, adequate source of income for children’s services and schools; and


6 WHEREAS, States that invest more in education show higher student achievement levels than California and studies show greater investment in education improves student achievement, particularly for low income students; now therefore be it


1 RESOLVED, That the California State PTA urge the Legislature and the Governor to improve and reform state and local funding so all California students have the opportunity to reach academic proficiency levels; and be it further


2 RESOLVED, That the California State PTA urge the state Legislature and the Governor to enact legislation that allows the state to invest in education including early childhood education at the levels of our highest achieving states; and be it further


3 RESOLVED. That the California State PTA, and its units, councils and districts collaborate with and encourage other organizations and the voters of the state of California to research and support increased, stable revenue sources in the state of California.

ADVOCACY KIT

For Thirty-Second District PTA 2018 Resolution:  Improving and Stabilizing Education Funding 

What is a PTA Resolution?

All of our advocacy efforts center around our core values and resolutions, which are submitted by units, councils, districts or California State PTA’s Board of Managers. The resolutions offer official guidance on issues as wide ranging as school-finance topics, health and safety issues, community concerns and more.


The resolutions start as issues and ideas concerning parents like you in our units, councils, districts or California State PTA Board of Managers. These issues are then carefully researched and formed into formal resolutions for consideration and adoption according to a special procedure. Resolutions adopted by convention delegates then serve as a basis for action in unit, council, district PTA and California State PTA.


Visit the California State PTA website for a list of all resolutions.