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Berkeley PTA Council is the umbrella organization 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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2020 Berkeley School Board Candidates Forum hosted by the Berkeley PTA Council

Thank you to all the candidates who participaed in the online forum on September 30, 2020. This is the over 1 1/2 hours of questions and thoughtful answers.

Berkeley PTA Candidates Forum 2020

PTA Donations during Covid-19 Crisis

During the PTA Council meeting on March 24th, a number of folks asked about the possibility of the PTA units contributing funds to help those in need. After the meeting, we contacted the California State PTA Treasurer for some guidance. She got back to us with detailed answers that should help your Units in approaching these questions:
  • IRS rules allow a 501(c)3 nonprofit (which is all our PTAs) to donate any amount of funds to another 501(c)3 organization with a similar mission. The emphasis is on similar mission, which would exclude agencies like the Red Cross but would include the Berkeley Public School Fund. Since the PTA Mission focuses on our school communities, any nonprofits that share these goals are eligible for PTA funding without concern from the IRS.
     

Berkeley Public Schools Closed for Covid-19 Health Safety

As Berkeley locks down in compliance with the City's March 16 "Shelter In Place" order, all schools in the Berkeley Unified School DIstrict will be closed. The order has been extended through May 1, 2020. The District has set up this page for Covid-19 status and services availability, including links to the status of free breakfast and lunch distribution, home learning resources, and links to reliable sources of information for the state of the shut down and affects of the situation in the Bay Area.

Berkeley PTA - Recommit to the PTA Mission!

"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."

Dear PTA Community,

We are entering a frightening and difficult time; the new political climate has enabled those with hateful views to feel more comfortable expressing them openly. We are already hearing that hate crimes and hate speech are on the rise throughout our nation, even in our own extended community. For our children and their families who are of color, immigrants, LGBTQ, Muslim, female, Latina/o, disabled, and from any other number of communities, the danger and fear are very real.

In this time when hatefulness is on the rise, we call on all our members to join with the Berkeley PTA Council in affirming our key mission: to build strong communities for ALL of our children and their families.

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