Highlands Council of PTA's

Dear PTA Leaders and Members,

California State PTA condemns the Georgia shootings and the recent violence against Asian Americans in our country. Our association stands firmly against racism in all forms and denounces all racial violence.

It is critical that we rise to correct inequities and injustices. California State PTA and our constituent associations remain committed to improving diversity, equity and inclusion throughout our association, schools, and communities and to ensuring the safety, well-being and future of every child and family.

We can build a better future for all of our children when we unite as a community, intentionally acknowledging how race, culture, and languages spoken are assets in improving the lives of all children and families.

Celia Jaffe
President, California State PTA

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Women’s History Month

Honoring Dr. Michelle King

Michelle King (March 9, 1961 - February 2, 2019) was an American educator. She was the first black woman ever to serve as superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD). She was appointed in January 2016 by the Los Angeles Board of Education.

Dr. King was a career employee of the district. She rose from classroom teacher, through leadership roles to lead the organization. She taught at Porter Junior High and Wright Middle School and became the principal at Hamilton High School. Under her leadership, Hamilton's test scores far exceeded annual improvement targets. In 2014 she became deputy superintendent under Superintendent John Deasy. She acceded to the top leadership position in January 2016.

Dr. King was credited with pushing the district's graduation rate to record levels. Her major initiative was to expand the number of schools with special programs as the district dealt with the impact of independently operated charter schools. Under her administration the district provided support to DACA students and protested changes in federal immigration policies. She stated, “I am concerned by this decision and its long-term impacts on the students, families and employees of L.A. Unified....These young immigrants have made valuable contributions to the community and the nation they consider their home, and they have earned the right to a permanent place in its history."

Women’s History Month had its origins as a national celebration in 1981 when Congress passed Pub. L. 97-28 which authorized and requested the President to proclaim the week beginning March 7, 1982 as “Women’s History Week.” Throughout the next five years, Congress continued to pass joint resolutions designating a week in March as “Women’s History Week.” In 1987 after being petitioned by the National Women’s History Project, Congress passed Pub. L. 100-9 which designated the month of March 1987 as “Women’s History Month.” Between 1988 and 1994, Congress passed additional resolutions requesting and authorizing the President to proclaim March of each year as Women’s History Month. Since 1995, presidents have issued a series of annual proclamations designating the month of March as “Women’s History Month.” These proclamations celebrate the contributions women have made to the United States and recognize the specific achievements women have made over the course of American history in a variety of fields.

Highlands Council of PTA's
To Positively Impact the Lives of All Children

Established in 1921, Highlands Council of PTA's currently represents twenty one PTA organizations in the city of Los Angeles, as authorized by the Los Angeles Tenth District of the California State PTA; and is affiliated with the National PTA.

The Council was established under the authority of the California State PTA, for the purpose of collaboration, leadership training, and coordination of the efforts of the member units.

Highlands Council provides the units  an opportunity for cooperation in promoting their common interests and discussion regarding their common issues. It coordinates the work of the member units with other agencies or organizations in the area working for children and youth.

It serves as a channel of communication between the state, and the Tenth District PTSA and the units.

Adhering to California State PTA's mission, Highlands Council of PTA's resolves to positively impact the lives of children and families by representing our members, and empowering and supporting them with skills in advocacy, leadership and communication.

PTA's Purpose:

To promote the welfare of children and youth in home, school, community, and place of worship.

To raise the standards of home life.

To secure adequate laws for the care and protection of children and youth.

To bring into closer relation the home and the school, that parents and teachers may cooperate intelligently in the education of children and youth.

To develop between educators and the general public such united efforts as will secure for all children and youth the highest advantages in physical, mental, social and spiritual education.

Board Members

Anvi Kevany

President

Jason Li

First Vice President for Programs

Jose Pulido

Second Vice President for Membership

Jackie Cahill

Treasurer

Terry Coxwell

Secretary

Yoshiko Kim

Historian

Susanne Foldes

Parliamentarian

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