Position Statements

From time to time the California State PTA Board of Managers conducts studies of issues of general concern in light of the Purposes of the PTA and issues that affect the health, education and well-being of children and youth.

A study may result in formulation and adoption of a statement that establishes, clarifies or inter-prets a PTA position or belief. Position state-ments provide a basis for action on legislation and other California State PTA action. Upon adoption, position statements, resolutions and general board positions are positions of the California State PTA and remain in effect until they are amended, rescinded or retired.

No new statement, board resolution or general board position can be introduced that is in con-flict with an existing position unless the respec-tive corresponding position is first rescinded. The California State PTA Board of Managers may not amend or rescind a convention resolution and no board position may be in conflict with a conven-tion resolution.

Statements are reviewed every five years to revise, reaffirm or to retire from current use. Statements that include quotes excerpted from state or federal law are reviewed annually. The dates under the title of each statement represent the date first adopted and the date of the latest revision/reaffirmation.

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  • Arts in Education
  • Assault-Type Military Weapons
  • Assistance to Families in Need
  • Basic Education
  • Before- and After-School Options for Children and Youth
  • Character Education
  • Child Abuse
  • Child Care
  • Child Victims/Witnesses Rights
  • Children with HIV/AIDS: School Attendance
  • Credentialed School Personnel
  • Delinquency Prevention
  • Driver Education/Training
  • Education of English Language Learners
  • Education: Categorical Programs
  • Education: Opposing Vouchers, Tuition Tax Credits and Deductions as Systems of Education Aid
  • Education: Parental Choice In Public Schools
  • Education: Support of Public Education
  • Education: The Early Years, Ages 3 to 6
  • Education: The Elementary Years, Ages 6 to 10
  • Education: The Middle Years, Ages 10 to 14
  • Education: The High School Years Ages 14 to 18
  • Encroachment: Effect on Public Education
  • Energy Conservation
  • Environmental Protection (Toxic/Hazardous Material)
  • Equal Rights
  • Fair Housing
  • Family Planning
  • Family Responsibility and Accountability
  • Family Services
  • Firearms
  • Gang Awareness
  • Health Care Access for Children, Youth and Pregnant Women
  • Health Education
  • Homeless Families/Children
  • Human Relations
  • Inclusiveness and Diversity
  • Instructional Materials
  • Juvenile Offenders in the Justice System
  • Lead Poisoning
  • Library Services
  • Maintaining Freedom to Learn
  • Mass Media and the Family
  • Mental Health
  • Missing and Exploited Children
  • Nutrition Education
  • Parenting Education
  • Physical Education (K-12)
  • Prevention and Intervention Programs
  • Prevention of Teen Pregnancy
  • Public School Employer-Employee Negotiations
  • Reduced Class Size in Grades K-3
  • Responsibility of Society to the Family
  • Safe and Positive School Climate
  • School-Based Health Centers
  • School Bus Safety
  • School Closure
  • School Desegregation/Integration
  • School-To-Work/Career
  • Services for Children of Undocumented Immigrants
  • Special Education
  • State Tax Reform
  • Statewide Assessment
  • Status Offenders
  • Student Records
  • Television Programming
  • Television and Video Viewing
  • Termination of Pregnancy Due to Medical Emergency
  • Toy Look-Alike Guns
  • Use of Pesticides in and Around Schools
  • Video Game Sites
  • Year-Round Education