One of the most important roles of California State PTA is to create and support laws that improve the lives of all California children. 

You have the power to shape the future for the children of California by helping to ensure that everyone in your community is counted in the 2020 Census.


How exactly does the census impact education and schools? The census count determines the next 10 years’ worth of funds that your community’s schools will receive for special education, classroom technology, teacher training, after-school programs, school lunch assistance, and so on. If your child is in second grade now, the census count will have an impact on her education until she graduates from high school! Click here to go to the U.S. Census website.


Election Day is November 3, 2020

California State PTA has taken support positions on the following statewide ballot measures

Proposition 15: California Schools and Local Communities Funding Act

This initiative on the November 2020 state ballot would require that commercial and industrial real estate property worth $3 million or more be taxed on current market value, raising as much as $11.5 billion in additional funding for schools and other local governments. It protects all homeowners and renters by maintaining tax protections for ALL residential property.

This money would be allocated to schools (40%) and other local governments (60%).

Click here for detailed information about this ballot measure.

Proposition 16: Repeal Proposition 209 – Restore Affirmative Action

This constitutional amendment, placed on the November 2020 statewide ballot by the legislature, asks the voters of California to vote on permitting the use of race, gender, and ethnic diversity as factors (but not decisive factors) in education including college admissions, government hiring, and government contracting.

Click here for detailed information about this ballot measure.

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Local Advocacy

Measure SM - Support

Measure SM is an essential local funding measure on the November 3, 2020 ballot to provide critical funds to support Santa Monica’s economic recovery and keep our city safe and strong.


Voting YES on Measure SM is a vote to provide locally controlled funding to:

  • Maintain clean beaches and parks 

  • Protect 911 emergency response services

  • Fund economic recovery efforts, including helping businesses to re-open safely

  • Restore library programs

  • Continue programs and services proven to reduce homelessness

  • Support rental assistance programs for local seniors and other to keep them in their homes

  • Fund Meals on Wheels and the Westside Food Bank

  • Restore after-school programs and mental health services for Santa Monica youth

Legislative Alerts & Updates

Stay up to date on the latest legislation affecting children and families on our California State PTA website at:

Local Advocacy


SMMPTA and its member unit have worked with local organizations to ensure local funding for our schools through such measures as GS/GSH, SMS, Y/YY, ES and others.

2020-2021 PTA Legislative Advocacy Events


33rd District's 2021 Legislation Conference 

CA State PTA 2021 Legislation Conference - Sacramento

Sacramento Safari 2021 

For further information or to RSVP, contact Legislative Advocacy Chair

SMMUSD School Board


The seven-member Board of Education is the elected decision-making body for our school district. They hold regular meetings throughout the year. These meetings are open to the public and attending them is a great way to be involved.

Click here for the schedule and agendas for Board of Education meetings.

You can also keep current on Board of Education happenings by reading the regularly-published Board Notes.

Contacting the School Board

You can contact the entire Board of Education at or via their individual email addresses:

Oscar de la Torre:

Craig Foster:

Jon Kean (President):

Maria Leon-Vazquez:

Laurie Lieberman (Vice President):

Ralph Mechur:

Dr. Richard Tahvildaran-Jesswein:

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