Category Archives: Advocacy

Joe Simitian Advocacy Talk

Nov 8 (Thursday) 6:30 pm 
Palo Alto High School – Haymarket Theater
Here is more information and invitation – http://bit.ly/2018-Simitian-RSVP
Is there a cause or issue that you feel strongly about? Do you know how to go about advocating for it? The PTA Council of Palo Alto brings to you the only advocacy seminar you will ever need! Whether you are a new parent or experienced leader, Supervisor Simitian has some fabulous advocacy tips and will be available to answer your questions. Please join us in learning how to advocate for the education, health, safety and well being of all children in our schools and community.

Student Records To Be Released – What Can You Do?

You may have heard that a federal judge has ordered the CA Department of Education to release personal information for all students enrolled in CA public schools since Jan. 1, 2008 as part of a lawsuit to ensure that students with special needs are provided with appropriate services. Records include names, some Social Security numbers, disciplinary records, medical information and progress reports.

Here’s what you can do about it:

Students cannot “opt out” of a court order, but an objection can be filed by filling out and mailing in a form.

If your child is a current public school student under 18 years old, then the parent can fill out the form.

If your child is 18 years or older, then they need to send in the form themselves.

Each student needs a separate form in a separate envelope.

Deadline to submit an objection is April 1.

Here is a link to the California PTA site with more directions and a link to the form:
http://capta.org/resource/your-childs-personal-information-is-being-released-voice-your-concerns-now/