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Berkeley PTA Council is the umbrella organizastion for the PTAs active in the Berkeley Unified School District.  Our activities are aimed providing support to our PTAs to promote the mission of the California State PTA:

"The mission of the California State PTA is to positively impact the lives of all children and families by representing our members, and empowering and supporting them with skills in advocacy, leadership and communications."

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2014 Election - Questions to Candidates

The following questions were developed by the PTA Community through the leadership of all the Berkeley School PTAs. They represent topics about which our community feels strongly and will impact BUSD for the future. In an effort to better understand how those who will sit on the School Board after this election will address these concerns, the questions have been submitted to each of the candidates for written responses before the PTA Candidates Night on October 28. Responses received from the candidates before the Candidates Night will be published on the Berkeley PTA Council website.

1.

Do you have a child enrolled in the Berkeley public schools?

2.

What do you see as the role of the PTA in Berkeley?

3.

More and more, concerns about out-of-district enrollment are injected into any discussion about Berkeley’s schools. Anecdotal reports of abuse abound, yet BUSD has not come forth and shared any data on fraudulent or out-of-district enrollment. What can you do as a Board member to promote transparency on how BUSD is addressing this issue so that it does not derail all other discussions of importance?

4.

As enrollment has surged, most schools’ support staff -- be it in the office, the cafeteria, or on the playground -- serves an increasing number of students. What will you do as a Board member to quickly assess and address the lack of adequate support staff and resources throughout our schools?

5.

During the past 5 years of enrollment growth, BUSD’s existing site-based model for special education staffing has created inequities because the district provides every elementary school with the same number of credentialed teachers. This means that at larger schools these teachers have larger caseloads and are less available to their students and those in need of “response to intervention” services. How do you feel existing inequities should be addressed and what is the School Board’s role in the process?

Berkeley PTA Council Hosts School Board Candidate Night

Event Date: 
Tuesday, October 28, 2014 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Location: 

Martin Luther King Jr., Middle School, 1781 Rose Street, Berkeley, CA

The Berkeley PTA Council, the representative body for the Berkeley School PTAs, is pleased to announce a special opportunity to hear candidates for the Berkeley School Boards address issues of concern to the PTA community. With active units in every BUSD school, the PTA is a major representative organization for our students and their community and is uniquely situated to understand the challenges and opportunities of the District. This special event is designed to provide an opportunity for candidates to address concerns of the community they hope to represent.

Peralta District PTA Fall Training

Event Date: 
Monday, October 6, 2014 - 6:30pm
Location: 

Alameda County Office of Education, 313 West Winton Avenue, Hayward, CA 94544

PERALTA DISTRICT PTA FALL TRAINING

All PTA Officers & Chairmen in Peralta District Are Invited

Monday, October 6, 2014 6:45pm to 9:00pm
(Check-in begins at 6:30)

Alameda County Office of Education

313 West Winton Avenue, Hayward, CA 94544
 

6:30 to 6:45pm

Check-in, light refreshments

6:45 to 7:15pm

Peralta District PTA Association Meeting

7:15 to 9:00pm

WORKSHOPS:

  • Auditor

  • Historian

PTA Council Joins the League of Women Voters to Sponsor 2014 Election Events

Your Vote Counts!

November 4th is Election Day and this year has a number of important races which affect our community, particularly Berkeley schools. The Berkeley PTA Council is proud to be a sponsor for a number of upcoming events put together by the League of Women Voters Berkeley Albany and Emeryville (LWVBAE). These should be lively and informative affairs which we hope will help voters as they consider their selections.

Berkeley PTAs Significant Financial Contributions

BUSD Expense Graph by School - 2013-2014

For those of us who have been in the PTA for a while, one of the first messages we got was "the PTA is NOT a fundraising organization". While this was never strictly true - I don't think there was ever a PTA that didn't raise some funds for their schools - the past decade of continued budget crisis and cutting of resources at school sites prompted our PTAs to significantly step up our contributions to our schools.

BUSD Welcome Reception for Dr. Donald Evans

Event Date: 
Wednesday, September 11, 2013 - 6:30pm to 7:15pm
Location: 

Berkeley City Hall, 2134 MLK Jr, Berkeley, CA

BUSD will be having a reception for Dr. Donald Evans, our new superintendent, in the hour before the Sept. 11 School Board meeting. The reception will be from 6:30pm to 7:15pm in the lobby of the Old Berkeley City Hall, 2134 MLK Jr. He has specifically reached out to the PTA and would like a chance to meet our leadership in an informal setting. As I have written in the past, I believe the Board made a good selection in Dr. Evans and hope you all will take the opportunity to meet him and judge for yourselves.

Berkeley PTA Council Meeting

Event Date: 
Monday, September 23, 2013 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Location: 

BUSD Technology Office - 2020 Bonar St Room 126

Council Executive Board Election

Berkeley Dine Out for Gardening and Cooking in our Schools

Berkeley Dine OutFor all in Berkeley, remember that today is the Berkeley Dine Out for our schools' Gardening and Cooking programs. BUSD has been a pioneer in teaching our students the importance of nutrition and where our food comes from. Join the Berkeley stores, restaurants and food providers who are helping to raise funding for the continuation of these programs. What defines Berkeley more than food? Check out the Berkeley Dine Out site for a list of places supporting Gardening and Cooking in our schools.

2013 Annual Training for PTA's

Peralta District PTA's

ANNUAL TRAINING FOR PTAs

All PTA officers, chairmen, & administrators in Alameda County are invited!

Please join us! Training is a legitimate PTA expense.

SATURDAY, JUNE 1, 2013 …  8:15 AM TO 2:15 PM

at Canyon Middle School

19600 Cull Canyon Road, Castro Valley

Cost: $15/person includes continental breakfast & lunch

 

Please respond early so we have enough handouts and food!

Those registered by May 25th receive a 2nd ticket for door prize drawings.


BUSD Labor Negotiations Need Resolution

[AN OPEN LETTER TO THE BERKELEY SCHOOL BOARD]
8 May 2013
School Board Directors
Berkeley Unified School District
2020 Bonar St.
Berkeley, CA 94702

Dear Board Members:

BUSD Labor Negotiations Need Resolution.

California PTA Convention

Event Date: 
Thursday, May 2, 2013 - 10:00am to Sunday, May 5, 2013 - 12:00pm
Location: 

San Jose Convention Center

 

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