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PTA Advocacy Update - Feb 2013

posted Feb 26, 2013, 1:31 PM by IT Admin

Details are in the February issue of the Advocacy Communicator.

 

  • Governor Brown issued his proposed state budget for 2013-14. He wants to increase per pupil funding by $337. He also wants the state to begin switching to a "local control funding formula," where all school districts would get the same amount of money per student, with extra funding for students who are low-income, English learners or in foster care. This would be a huge change from the way schools are funded now.
  • In other good news, the Governor wants to reimburse school districts for the $10 billion they have had to borrow during the past five years. Districts should get $2.2 billion this year and $1.9 billion next year, putting the state on track to repay the entire amount by 2016-17.
  • The Governor also wants to send all of the clean energy funding from Prop. 39 to school districts and community college districts and count that toward the Prop. 98 minimum funding guarantee for education. But the Legislative Analyst says this contradicts both Prop. 98 and Prop 39, so it will probably be controversial.
  • Now it's up to the state legislators to decide which of these proposals they want to adopt or change.
  • The registration deadline for Sacramento Safari is coming up soon!

 

The Advocacy Communicator also has a report on the recent Advocacy Roundtable with Jacque Chevalier, from National PTA.

HBCSD Board Meeting Agenda - Feb 19, 2013

posted Feb 17, 2013, 2:57 PM by IT Admin   [ updated Feb 17, 2013, 2:58 PM ]

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4th District PTA Advocacy Roundtable

posted Jan 10, 2013, 6:41 PM by IT Admin

HBCSD Board Meeting 2013

posted Dec 16, 2012, 5:34 PM by IT Admin

Please find the Board reorganization list and the 2013 Board meeting dates. 

Legislative Advocacy - What have you done for me lately?

posted Sep 30, 2012, 4:07 PM by IT Admin


Advocacy (def): The act of pleading or arguing in favor of something, such as a cause, idea, or policy; active support.

Many see the PTA/PTSA at our school as a group of dedicated volunteers helping out in classrooms, events, and certainly fundraising. I write to you to provide an additional perspective. The PTA is so much more. I cannot list all of the critical areas the PTA touches for our kids- from arts to science, technology, field trip support and even school supplies. That list is just a small glimpse into the critical role of the PTA. What I’d like to talk about is an important area that your PTA is continuously active in - that is legislative advocacy. So, exactly what is this?

The first mission statement of the PTA is “to support and speak on behalf of children and youth in the schools, in the community and before governmental bodies and other organizations that make decisions affecting children”. It is also a purpose of the California PTA to “secure adequate laws for the care and protection of children and youth.” Your PTA legislative advocate, along with the support of a strong membership, will consistently work to form a powerful force to promote laws and public policy that are best for our children and youth.

So, what should you expect from your legislative advocate? You can expect to receive updated
information on issues, laws or actions that will affect our children and schools. Your child will have a voice in Sacramento on issues and subjects that directly affect their education. You, as a parent and community member, will have a voice with legislators through your legislative advocate on educational and other issues that directly affect our children. As your legislative advocate, I may be one person delivering the message, but it is a message crafted by the needs and voices of all our parents and children.

I am honored to represent our school, our district, our students and families in Sacramento. The belief of the PTA is “every child, one voice.” Together, we become the one voice for our children. I take that responsibility very seriously and hope you will join with me this year and beyond to advocate for every child with your membership in the PTA. Together we all make a lasting impact on our kids. If we provide the tools for success, our kids will succeed beyond their wildest dreams.

To Our Kids,

Bridget Kaub
HBCSD Board Member
Smith Legislative Advocate
Dwyer Legislative Advocate

Our Children, Our Future - Interactive Site

posted Apr 29, 2012, 1:32 PM by IT Admin

Please take a moment to review the following website which provides more details on the Our Children, Our Future initiative.
 
 

Our Children, Our Future : Update March 25, 2012

posted Mar 26, 2012, 12:11 PM by IT Admin

Dear HBCSD/HBUHSD parents,

Please find attached facts about the Our Children, Our Future initiative.  Also, please see the summary below-

You’ve probably heard about the Governor’s initiative for education.  Analysts project that if the Governor’s initiative passes in November, schools will be further cut $87 per pupil and if his initiative doesn’t pass, we will be cut$459 per pupil – which is devastating.  

There is a better solution- California PTA is supporting Our Children, Our Future which you can view in detail at www.OurChildrenOurFuture2012.com. 

In summary, this initiative is the only one that:

  • Raises $10 Billion a year for our schools (yes with a B)
  • Funds cannot be taken by the state- these funds are required to go directly to our schools and kids.
  • Restores a well-rounded education to our kids
  • Requires community input on how to spend these funds
  • Ensures accountability
  • Funds early childhood education
  • Gets our fiscal house in order

If the Our Children, Our Future initiative passes, what does that mean to our schools in Huntington Beach?

  • HBCSD is projected to receive an additional amount of: $1,592,354 (2013-2014),  $2,769,977 (by 2017-2018) and $3,747,331 (by 2023-2024)
  • HBUHSD is projected to receive an additional amount of: $16,289,409 (2013-2014),  $28,336,200 (by 2017-2018) and $38,334,318 (by 2023-2024)
  • This is in addition to the currently projected revenues, not instead of.  This is the ONLY initiative that will significantly restore education funding and programs.

This will help us restore programs that other states still have, reduce class sizes, restore full time nurse, librarian (as examples).

Bottom line…  we need you more than ever.  In order for this initiative to even make it to the ballot, we need your signature and signatures of all your friends, neighbors and family.  Please consider signing this petition.

To learn more, ask questions and make a difference.  On Wednesday, March 28th there will be a casual event at Gina Gleason’s porch to ask questions and sign petitions.  Gina Gleasons house is at 806 Main Street from 6:00 to 7:30 pm.  Also, look for PTA members at Smith and Dwyer on Fridays from 8:00-8:45 am (Smith) and 8:15-9:00 am (Dwyer).  We hope that you will sign the petition so that all Californians can decide in November whether this initiative is the best one for K-12 public education.  The great Wayne Gretzky once said, “you will miss 100% of the shots you never take”- let’s not miss this shot for all our kids.

See you there and thank you,

Bridget Kaub

Smith and Dwyer PTA Legislative Representative

Our Children, Our Future… The Time is NOW!

posted Mar 12, 2012, 11:00 AM by IT Admin   [ updated Mar 12, 2012, 11:02 AM ]

Dear Fellow Smith Parents,

I don’t like taxes. I don’t know many who do. But what I like even less than taxes is the state of our education funding. Our schools are hurting, our kids are hurting, and something has to change. I believe our best opportunity to effect change lies in the Our Children, Our Future initiative that is currently working very hard to submit enough signatures to have placement on the November ballot. The CA State PTA has committed to this initiative and we are uniformly committed to the successful placement on the November ballot as well as victory in November.

The facts ma’am, just the facts. Yes, this initiative is funded through a small sliding scale income tax increase on all but the lowest income taxpayers. What does it mean? For example, a family filing jointly earning $75,000 before deductions would see a $428.00 increase in their yearly tax bill. For the most part, families in California will pay less than $600 per year in additional taxes to fund this measure. Again, not a fan of taxes, but if I am going to pay more taxes, then I want it going into our children’s classrooms- and this is the ONLY initiative that guarantees it. So what potentially does it mean for our kids in the Huntington Beach City School District?

Per the initiative website calculator, our elementary district alone would benefit as follows:

  • 2013-2014: $5,628,768 total or approximately $800 per student (at 30 kids per class that is an additional $24,123 per classroom!).
  • 2017-2018: $9,791,516 total or approximately $1,398 per student (at 30 kids per class that is an additional $41,950 per classroom!!)
  • 2023-2024: $13,246,336 total or approximately $1,892 per student (at 30 kids per class that is an additional $56,760 per classroom!!!)
Please note, these funds would be in addition to the mandated education funding, not instead of. It also requires by law that before funds are allocated and spent, all governing School Board Trustees are required to obtain community input prior to finalizing any plan. I like and appreciate the requirement for transparency, family and community collaboration. And maybe what is the best point is that our local board and community decide how to spend these funds based on what our schools and children need- not someone in Sacramento.

I could write on and on about this initiative and my passion for delivering our kids the best we can give them. However, I would ask that you check-out the Our Children, Our Future website which is choc-full of information.  

So what’s next, how do I help, what do you want from me?

Here is what we need- signatures of registered voters, tons of them, by April 10, 2012. 
 
Do you know six (6) people? Well, let me back-up. Do you know six (6) or more people (family, friends, neighbors, etc) that you could easily ask to sign the petition? They need to be registered voters and that is the only qualification- registered voter. If you email me or Regina, we can get to you the official petitions and quickly go over the signature gathering rules (not terrible) and if you would be willing to master a petition or two (6 to 12 signatures) we are able to take a giant task and spread it out to very manageable pieces. That’s it- that’s all we need from you.

First, thank you for reading this. Second, thank you for your support and membership in the PTA. Third, thank you for loving your kids and putting your (and their) educational trust in HBCSD. And finally, thank you for being open and willing to work with us to advance this initiative forward to the goal of making it to the ballot. Things need to change- if we don’t now drive the change in the direction required, everything stays the same or much worse. In the words of the great Wayne Gretzky, you will miss 100% of the shots you never take. Let’s not miss this shot- our kids are counting on us!

With greatest regard,

Bridget Kaub (advocacy@smithpta.org)
Smith and Dwyer Legislative Representative.
PTA Mom of a 4th grade student at Smith.

HBCSD - Provisional Board Appointee - Bridget Kaub

posted Feb 19, 2012, 1:33 PM by IT Admin

HUNTINGTON BEACH CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT

Superintendent’s Office

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

16 February 2012

Huntington Beach City School District
20451 Craimer Lane
Huntington Beach, CA 92646

Contact: Gregory Haulk, Superintendent
714-378-2010

At the February 15, 2012 Special Meeting of the Huntington Beach City School
District Board of Trustees, Mrs. Bridget Kaub was appointed as the provisional
member of the Huntington Beach City School District governing board. Mrs.
Kaub was appointed to complete the unexpired term of Ms. Catherine McGough
through 2012 and will take her seat as a member of the governing board at the
February 21, 2012 Board meeting.

Mrs. Kaub’s leadership and participation in HBCSD includes serving on Smith
School PTA legislative team, facilitates the Meet the Masters programs, volunteers
to help in the classrooms, and advocates Smith and Dwyer Schools’ positions and
needs at the Sacramento Safari. Mrs. Kaub and her husband, Keith, are the parents
of a child who attends HBCSD.

HBCSD - Family Technology Safety & Resources

posted Dec 13, 2011, 4:18 PM by IT Admin

Family Technology Safety and Resources
Huntington Beach City School District
Superintendent and PTA/PTSA Presidents Meeting
December 6, 2011

http://www.netsmartz.org/Parents

National Center for Missing & Exploited Children

Provides resources including ‘Bad Netiquette’ lessons, Online Safety Kit for Middle and K-5 school programs, the Netsmartz Five (monthly email updates), videos, and other presentations, conversation starters and tips related to internet safety.


www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/digitalnation/resources/

Public Broadcast Service- Digital Nation

Provides digital workshops and resources for parents. Learn how to be a better parent, teacher or caregiver to the “digital natives” in your life and gain the knowledge and skills for understanding, analyzing and participating in our technology-infused world.

  • WATCH the featured videos from Digital Nation.

  • PARTICIPATE in online quizzes and polls to reflect on your digital life.

  • RATE your agreement or disagreement with controversial issues in “Where Do You Stand?”

  • READ more about “digital natives” from our parenting and educational experts.

  • COMMENT on the ideas explored in this program.

www.fosi.org

The Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI) works to make the online world safer for kids and their families. We do this by identifying and promoting best practices, tools and methods in the field of online safety that also respect free expression. Our members help shape public policy, highlight new technologies, promote education and convene special events. FOSI brings together leaders in government, industry and the nonprofit world to collaborate with one another and develop new solutions to keep children safe in our Web 2.0 world.


www.aap.org/healthtopics/mediause.cfm

American Academy of Pediatrics

Includes a wide variety of resources on internet/cyber safety and family/community resources.


Growing Up Online http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/kidsonline/
FRONTLINE on PBS released a new program discussing how the Internet is transforming childhood.

Common Sense Media http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kUyQI0USNSY&feature=dir
Google and Common Sense Media have teamed up to create a video of common sense tips and rules for families to help keep their children safe online.

National Center for Missing and Exploited Children http://www.missingkids.com/
This organization offers tips for children and teens about Internet usage, as well as information for parents on keeping kids safe online.

NetSmartz http://www.netsmartz.org/Parents
The NetSmartz Workshop is an interactive, educational safety resource to teach kids and teens how to stay safer on the Internet. For Parents: NetSmartz411 and hotline #888/638-7411

iSAFE America http://www.isafe.org/
iSAFE is a non-profit organization who offers Internet Safety education and materials for students, teachers, parents, and law enforcement.

StaySafe.org
Wide range of information on computer, gaming and Internet safety. Materials for kids, teens and parents.

IkeepSafe
The Internet Keep Safe Coalition group teaches basic rules of Internet safety to children and parents. Governors and/or first spouses formed this coalition in partnership with crime prevention organizations, law enforcement agencies, foundations and corporate sponsors.

WiredSafety
WiredSafety is an online safety, education and help group that focuses on assisting law enforcement on preventing and investigating cybercrimes education, providing information on online safety, privacy and security.

Safety is No Game. Is Your Family Set? Make a PACT Today!
A tool to help promote healthy and balanced media use. From Microsoft and National PTA.

Childnet International

A non-profit organization working with others to help make the Internet a fun and safe place for children.

Center for Media and Child Health http://www.cmch.tv/
Conducts and advances scientific research on the effects of media on young minds and bodies; develops and evaluates clinical interventions; and educates children, parents, and the public on media and their effects on the physical, mental, and social health of all children.

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