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...
Leveraging Networks of Support:  A Unified Voice

Leveraging Networks of Support: A Unified Voice

The multi-level layered, organizational model of PTA provides its members with an extensive network of support as well as a unified voice.  The issues that affect our children extend beyond their individual schools.  PTA’s state and nationwide networks provide parents and teachers with a forum and tools to collectively influence the decisions that affect children not only at their schools, but also throughout their districts, within their state, and across the nation.  This mission is unique to the PTA. Did you know that Colorado PTA has nearly 25,000 members?  PTA membership expands to over 6 million when adding in all 50 states. In addition to its own nationwide network of members, Colorado PTA leverages its voice by advocating at the State Capitol and partnering and collaborating with reputable local, state and national education, health and advocacy organizations as well as state and federal government agencies....
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