Dear Thirty-Second District PTA Members,
On behalf of the Executive Board of the Thirty-Second District PTA, I am reaching out to express our dismay about comments that have been made on social media and reported in the local news.
We are concerned these comments are divisive and intolerant and want to affirm our organizational belief that all students need safe access to high-quality, equitable public education; ensuring all children have the opportunity to reach their full potential. The Thirty-Second District PTA applauds the public statements of the Contra Costa County Superintendent of Schools:
“We stand for safe schools for ALL…We stand for diversity and inclusion…We stand for the protection of the students and families we serve, and their civil liberties…,” she wrote. “We stand for civility and respect, and honor our role as educators in providing students with a safe, supportive environment in which to learn and express themselves…We stand for tolerance, but we do not tolerate hatred…”(1)
The Thirty-Second District PTA encourages all members to engage and advocate for the education, safety and health of all children directly with their elected officials. However, with the surge in individual activism and the rhetoric surrounding the presidential election, we remind all PTA members:
- PTA is a non-partisan association with a long track record of speaking up for all children and connecting families, schools and communities.
- As community leaders, PTA members need to speak only for themselves on partisan issues or in making personal belief statements in person, in writing and online. (2)
While Election Day may be over, our work for children, families and communities never is. We want to highlight the Contra Costa Office of Education resource entitled: “All Kids Are Our Kids: A Post-Election Toolkit for Educators” (3). This non-partisan resource is intended to help educators “ … communicate messages of compassion and support for students so that they know they are safe and can continue to learn, lead and achieve to the best of their abilities”, per Contra Costa County Superintendent of Schools Karen Sakata.
Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any additional questions or if you need support on this or other advocacy, diversity or inclusion concerns in your local unit.
Thirty-Second District PTA
About Thirty-Second District PTA
We represent over 36,000 members from six PTA Councils and 131 PTA units in Contra Costa County and are a subsidiary of the California State PTA. PTA is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit association that prides itself on being a powerful voice for all children, a relevant resource for families and communities, and a strong advocate for public education. Membership in PTA is open to anyone who wants to be involved and make a difference for the education, health, and welfare of children and youth.
The mission of the California State PTA is to positively impact the lives of all children and families.
1- East Bay Times Article, Joyce Tsai, 2/3/17: http://www.eastbaytimes.com/2017/02/03/county-superintendent-responds-school-trustees-pro-trump-views/
2 – California State PTA Social Media Guidelines for Members: toolkit.capta.org/…/social-media-guidelines-for-pta-leaders-and-members-in- california/
3- Contra Costa County Office of Education 2016 “All Kids Are Our Kids: A Post-Election Toolkit for Educators”: http://www.cccoe.k12.ca.us/supe/toolkit.html