2010 CT PTA Legislative Priorities

 CT PTA encourages the legislature to adopt statewide legislation allowing for municipalities to create nonpartisan Boards of Education.

Rationale: Connecticut is one of the few states in the nation that still has partisan boards of education. The focus of the members of the Board of Education must be on improving      educational quality and facilities for all children. Partisan members may not act in the best interest of education for all children in their decision-making processes. Party affiliated Boards of Education members have and could continue to make their decisions based in a political party caucus. We believe that they must be able to think first of the child and not the political party philosophy.  Additionally, the listing of candidates for Board of Education members by party on the ballot can and sometimes does result in a candidate being elected because of their party affiliation rather than their qualifications.

Supporting PTA Object: To develop between educators and the general public such united efforts as will secure for all children and youth the highest advantages in physical, mental, social, and spiritual education

The ECS formula that governs current  state education spending needs to be reevaluated and recreated to meet the needs of a 21st century Connecticut.

Rationale: All children in Connecticut deserve an opportunity for a quality education regardless of where they live. The current education cost sharing formula in Connecticut fails to provide the resources that would procure that quality education.

Supporting PTA Object: To develop between educators and the general public such united efforts as will secure for all children and youth the highest advantages in physical, mental, social, and spiritual education.

Parent Involvement Professional Development

Connecticut PTA urges the State Department of Education to support strong parent involvement professional development for all teachers and other certified personnel and further urges;

The State Legislature to require the Higher Education Commission to include parent involvement course(s) in their education certification programs for teachers, administrators and superintendents.

Rationale: Thirty years of research clearly shows that parent involvement at all levels of  decision making in schools improves student achievement. To reach their full potential,    students need parents to take an active role in their education. Schools are working hard to provide a high-quality education for every child. But they cannot do it alone. Parent involvement is critical to creating great schools.

Connecticut PTA feels that for this to be accomplished there must be some training. Teachers, administrators and superintendents historically have not been given the necessary training on how to involve parents in a meaningful way.

Supporting PTA Object: To bring into closer relation the home and the school, so that   parents and teachers may cooperate intelligently in the education of children and youth,

CT PTA  supports legislation that would require the State Department of Education to make available financial information regarding school funding and allocation of state resources in a more transparent and timely manner.

Rationale: By restructuring how the State Department of Education collects financial information greater public transparency could be ensured and a more equitable funding system that truly supports student achievement for all could be developed.

Supporting PTA Object: To develop between educators and the general public such united efforts as will secure for all children and youth the highest advantages in physical, mental, social, and spiritual education.