This November, like others in the past and many Novembers to come, California will hold an election that contains races critical to our schools and to our children. One of PTA’s primary missions 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.” In our Santa Monica and Malibu communities, that means PTA actively advocates.
While PTA is a non-partisan organization and does not take a position on individual candidates for any public office, we do advocate strongly for ballot measures and issues that we believe are in the best interest of children and youth. Our goals are for their health and safety and an educational environment that prepares them to be responsible, active citizens in a global society.
With that in mind, Santa Monica-Malibu Council of PTAs and many of the individual school PTAs have endorsed Measure BB – School Safety and Repair, a local bond issue on which we encourage residents of Malibu and Santa Monica to vote YES.
California State PTA has voted to support (recommends voting YES on) Propositions 1D and 86 – The Tobacco Tax, for the educational and health benefits they provide.
California State PTA has taken a Vote NO position on Proposition 88, stating that it is so poorly drafted that there is a real concern it could cost school districts more than it would ever provide.
But most importantly, as we get closer to November 7, Santa Monica-Malibu Council of PTAs encourages all citizens to register to vote and to exercise your right to vote.
Through your voice and through your action, the children and youth of our community will have the opportunity and the tools to achieve their dreams and the hope of our greater society.
Laura L. Rosenbaum
President, Santa Monica-Malibu Council of PTAs