Monday, November 3, 2008



To: Units, Councils and Districts

From: Pam Brady, President
Pat Dingsdale, Director of Legislation



In addition to determining the president, vice president and members of Congress, voters in California will vote for members of the State Assembly and Senate and for twelve propositions that have qualified for the ballot. California State PTA has taken positions on two of these propositions

  • Support-Proposition 3, Children's Hospital Bond Act, Grant Program, Bond Act, Initiative Statute


  • Oppose- Proposition 6, Police and Law Enforcement Funding, Criminal Penalties and Laws, Initiative Statute.


PTA Position on Ballot Measures According to the California State PTA Legislation Policies adopted by convention delegates in 2007, the State Board of Managers of the California State PTA is responsible for taking action on state legislation and statewide initiative petitions or propositions that have qualified for the statewide ballot. Legislative measures selected for action by the State Board of Managers must be of statewide significance, and must fit within the Purposes of the PTA and within the framework of the Legislation Platform adopted by the convention delegates. All action on legislation taken by the State Board of Managers must be reported by the Board to PTA districts and be available upon request to PTA councils, units and the membership. Procedures adopted by the California State PTA Board of Managers state:

When positions are adopted on state ballot measures:

The rationale for California State PTA Board action shall be prepared by the California State PTA Board of Managers and distributed to PTA districts, councils, and units;

The position and rationale shall be presented to the membership by the units.

The California State PTA Board of Managers has voted to SUPPORT Proposition 3, Hospital Bond Act, Grant Program, Bond Act, Initiative Statute:

and to OPPOSE Proposition 6, Police and Law Enforcement Funding, Criminal Penalties and Laws, Initiative Statute, on the November 4, 2008 General Election Ballot.

This action represents the official position of the organization and shall not be interpreted as representing the personal opinion or conviction of every individual PTA member. While PTA districts, councils and units are not required to work actively for any position, they may not officially oppose a stand taken by the State Board of Managers.

The PTA analysis of Proposition 3 and Proposition 6 are included as part of this electronic mailing, along with background information and the rationale for PTA's position. More information may be obtained on the campaign websites.

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