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Vote to Support Measure O

Vote Yes on Measure O

The Palo Alto Council of PTAs supports Yes On O!  For almost 20 years, our local parcel tax has generated over $15 million in locally-controlled funding to keep our schools strong. This essential local funding is set to expire. 

Vote YES on Measure O, a parcel tax renewal measure that has been placed on the November 2020 ballot to ensure our schools continue receiving critical funding. 

For more information please visit the website or email info@SupportPaloAltoSchools.org

SCHOOL BOARD CANDIDATE FORUMS

Thurs. Sept 24 7pm – 8:30 pm. School Board forum on Secondary Education – middle & high schools.  Live stream: https://youtu.be/qoHDNY4FG7Y

Use this google form to collect questions in advance.  Moderated by students from the Paly and Gunn Speech and Debate Clubs.  Questions:  council@paloaltopta.org 

Thurs. Oct. 8,  6:30pm – 8:30 pm –  School Board Forum co-hosted with the League of Women Voters.   Zoom link for the League-sponsored candidate forum.  It’s posted on our Candidate Forum web page or  School Board Forum link 

Sat. Oct 17 3pm – 5pm. School Board Candidate Forum on Educational Equity & Access: the Achievement Gap and Special Education The event is jointly sponsored by PTA Council (PTAC), Palo Alto Community Advisory Committee for Special Education (CAC), the Latino Parent Network (LPN), and Parent Advocates for Student Success (PASS). For questions, contact paloaltocac@gmail.com or council@paloaltopta.org

(CAC), the Latino Parent Network (LPN), and Parent Advocates for Student Success (PASS). For questions, contact paloaltocac@gmail.com or council@paloaltopta.org

Preview YouTube video School Board Candidate Forum on Secondary education

CENSUS For All Families and Community Stakeholders

2020 is an important year for all Californians. It’s the once-per-decade time that every person in America is counted in the U.S. Census. The census asks questions that provide a snapshot of our community, state and the nation. The census affects Federal funding, and much more.  [Learn more!]

You have the power to shape the future for the children of California. If you haven’t yet been counted, please do it right away.  Questions? advocacy@paloaltopta.org.

PTAC Resolution Supporting Undocumented PAUSD Community Members

Today, PTAC adopted a resolution supporting students and families who may be undocumented, and calling on all relevant local authorities to work to ensure that these students and their families feel secure and safe while at school, and that they are supported and encouraged in their academic and school-related extracurricular activities, and encouraging local governmental entities to compile a list of resources for undocumented students and families to ensure they are aware of their rights.

Full resolution text:

Whereas, on January 10, 2017, the Palo Alto Unified School District (PAUSD) passed RESOLUTION #2016-17.06, which declares, inter alia, that “principals and school staff shall work with and support families and students who express concern about immigration enforcement actions at school, including students who may not be attending school because of such concerns” and that “PAUSD should be considered sanctuaries for students;” and

Whereas, on December 12, 2016, Palo Alto City Council passed Resolution 9653 Entitled, “Resolution of the Council of the City of Palo Alto, Colleagues’ Memo Reaffirming Palo Alto’s Commitment to a Diverse, Supportive, Inclusive, and Protective Community,” which declares that “The City of Palo Alto recognizes, values, and will proactively work to ensure the rights and privileges of everyone living, working, or visiting in Palo Alto, regardless of religion, ancestry, country of birth, immigration status, disability, gender, sexual orientation, or gender identity;” and

Whereas, in January 1994 and reaffirmed in July 2012, the California State PTA adopted a position statement entitled “Services for Children of Undocumented Immigrants” stating that it “believes all children who reside in California, regardless of their parents’ immigration status, have the right of access to a quality public education, adequate food and shelter, and basic health services … [and] that it is in the interest of all Californians to ensure that all children, including the children of undocumented immigrants, have the opportunity to reach their full potential and become productive members of society;”

Therefore be it

Resolved, that the Palo Alto Council of Parent Teacher Associations (PTAC) fully supports undocumented students and/or family members that may be undocumented, and encourages all relevant local authorities to work to ensure that these students and their families feel secure and safe while at school, and that they are supported and encouraged in their academic and school-related extracurricular activities;

Resolved, that the Palo Alto PTAC encourages both PAUSD and Palo Alto City Council to compile and make available lists of relevant non-profit resources for undocumented immigrants to ensure that undocumented students and families are aware of their rights.

 

Sixth District Legislative Round Table

Thursday, Nov 12, 7 – 8:30 PM
589 W. Fremont Ave, Sunnyvale
(Fremont Union High School District Office)
Professional Learning Center (back building)

Come share ideas with our locally elected California legislators and their staff on topics such as increased school funding, early childhood education, hungry students and more.

RSVPs appreciated, but not required:  advocacy@capta6.org