Advocacy Resources

PTA’s are a large and powerful voice for advocacy and changes to public policies that benefit all students and their education.

National PTA Advocacy: Find out more about what National PTA is advocating for at the federal level to improve the lives of children and families. (For example, under school safety is National PTA’s Resolutions on Response to Sexual Harrassment and Sexual Violence Affecting Students, and Bullying Prevention)

California State PTA Advocacy: One of the most important roles of California State PTA is to create and support laws that improve the lives of all California children. Locally, the PTA Council of Palo Alto has a long tradition of advocacy by supporting and sponsoring issues related to education in PAUSD, and bringing local information to its members, parents across the district, and the community at large. Recent issues in Palo Alto include school safety, Measure O, teen vaping, school funding, class sizes, safe routes to schools, bullying-prevention and challenges specific to minority community members.

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Gunn PTSA supports Student Involvement in Educational Governance, including (1) providing students with a meaningful way to participate in the decision-making process and (2) students and/or elected student leaders being informed on issues. A Student Representative sits on our Executive Board, and PTSA partners with Gunn’s Student Executive Council, the students elected or appointed to represent the student body or to oversee specific tasks relating to school events, activities, and the Gunn community.

  • In December 2020, the PAUSD Board of Education convened a Special Meeting on Title IX processes, and it was recommended that the board hear suggestions from students about making the new Title IX processes and complaint procedures more accessible to students. Title IX is a federal civil rights law in the United States of America that was passed as part of the Education Amendments of 1972. It prohibits sex-based discrimination in any school or other education program that receives federal money. 
  • For questions, information about PAUSD’s Title IX policies and procedures, or to file a complaint in PAUSD, please go to the Title IX web page
  • The board meeting agenda describes the background, changes, and improvements that have been implemented in Title IX processes and complaint procedures since 2017. Here is the recording of the special board meeting.
  • Students can access support for depression, grief, self-esteem, family life, stress, dating violence, sexual identity, and health needs through Gunn’s Wellness Center or their school Counselor.