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2015-2017 National PTA School of Excellence Awards

Three Schools in Colorado were awarded with the 2015-2017 National PTA School of Excellence Award! We are excited for the work that our local units are doing and want to Thank all of our families, students, educators, staff, schools and communities that are helping to Advocate for Every Child With One Voice!



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Family & School Partnership in Education Month Kickoff Event

The Colorado Department of Education and the Colorado PTA invite you to attend the Family & School Partnership in Education Month Kickoff Event! The purpose of the kickoff event is to celebrate family and school partnering in education.

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What Can PTA Offer?

As a school principal, administrator, or board member, you know all about shrinking budgets, increasing class sizes, and government mandates on testing and instruction. You face multiple challenges. There are all kinds of parent groups out there, but there is only one PTA.

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The Colorado Academic Standards

Is your PTA looking for more information on the Colorado Academic Standards (Common Core Standards)? Colorado PTA is offering trainings and presentations to inform and educate our members, parents, and teachers alike.  Contact us at to request a presentation!


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Opportunities and Grants

There are a host of grants, conferences, conventions and other opportunities that are beneficial to our members and will help to educate and strengthen your advocacy efforts within your PTA. Be sure to check them out!

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Membership sets the stage for success in the PTA! Learn more about why membership matters and ways you can help build a strong PTA membership!

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Colorado PTA 95th Annual Convention

SAVE THE DATE!  Colorado PTA 95th Annual Convention is Friday, April 15 & Saturday, April 16, 2016 at the Doubletree Hotel. Visit the Annual Convention Page and stay tuned for more details.

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2015-2017 National PTA School of Excellence Awards

The National PTA School of Excellence Award is a recognition program that supports and celebrates partnerships between PTAs and schools to enrich the educational experience and overall well-being for all students. To learn more about how your PTA can partner with your school to become a National PTA School of Excellence!  You can also visit the website to learn more about other winners across the nation! The Three Colorado Schools that received this honored distinction are Wilmot Elementary PTA in Evergreen, CO Woodmen Hills Elementary PTA in Falcon, CO Sheridan Green Elementary PTA in Westminster, CO Previously Three Colorado Schools were awarded the 2014-2016 National PTA School of Excellence Award and still have the honor of being recognized as a School of Excellence! Elk Creek Elementary PTA in Conifer, CO Jenkins Middle School PTA in Colorado Springs, CO Pennington Elementary PTA in Wheat Ridg5e,...

Is Your PTA an ATM for Your School?

Have you ever felt that your PTA was an ATM for your school principal and teachers? Have you ever felt like your principal thought your PTA budges was his or her discretionary spending fund? Do you get requests from teachers and school staff to fund certain projects and items that really ought to be part of the school budget? You’re not alone. PTAs frequently turn over their funds to school administration for such basics as books, equipment, and maintenance, not to mention extras, such as playground equipment and vending machines. The customs that have developed between PTAs and schools have blurred the line about what PTAs are; what vision, mission, and purposes we follow; and how our funds should be used. Vision, mission, and purposes PTA’s vision is making every child’s potential a reality. PTA’s mission is to be A powerful voice for all children A relevant resource for families and communities A strong advocate for the education and well-being of every child PTA’s purposes, or historical goals are as follows: To promote the welfare of the 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 How PTAs work The national PTA organization is...

PTA Election Do’s & Don’t

With the school board elections and potential ballot initiatives, it’s important you and your members are aware of the laws around what your PTA can and cannot do. 1) PTAs CANNOT support/endorse/oppose candidates. This is IRS law. If your PTA endorses a candidate you not only jeopardize your PTA’s non-profit status but the non-profit status of every PTA in Colorado. 2) PTAs CAN support or oppose ballot issues. If your PTA wishes to take a position to support or oppose a ballot initiative you must have a majority vote of your membership (not just your Board) and you must give your membership fair notice that the vote will take place (7-10 days). 501(c)(3) Status and Law. Because PTA is a 501c3 non-profit corporation, the IRS does not allow PTA to support candidates. It is legal for PTAs to inform voters of an election and list ALL the candidates who are running. PTAs may hold candidate forums, as long as ALL candidates are invited. Advocating for an Initiative. Colorado PTA prefers that local units help ballot issue campaigns by providing volunteer assistance with such things as literature distribution, yard signs, phone calling, etc., rather than making monetary contributions. Voter registration drives are encouraged. Campaign Donations. The IRS does not allow local units to contribute more than “an insubstantial amount” of their gross revenue to ballot issue campaigns or lobbying. This is generally viewed as being between 2% and 5% of gross revenue. (Please note that this refers to the total amount given to all ballot issues and lobbying throughout the year.) Because all local units are part of the Colorado...