What is PTA?
PTA stands for:
Founded in 1897, PTA believes that the education of children is a shared
responsibility of the home and the school.
PTA works to benefit children and to support parents.
Your membership dues ensure your right to vote at PTA meetings, defray
the costs of materials you receive, and support your child's education.
If you decide not to pay dues, you may still attend meetings, but you
may not vote.
When you join a local PTA, you also become a member of your county PTA,
your state PTA, and the National PTA - all working together to ensure that
every child has an opportunity to learn and be successful in school and
The mission of the PTA is three-fold:
To support and speak on behalf of children and youth in our schools, in
the community, and before governmental agencies and other organizations
that make decisions affecting children.
To assist parents in developing the skills they need to rear and protect
their children, and
To encourage parent and public involvement in the public schools of this
Some of the ways your local PTA works for you!
Brings parents together
Provides parent training
Sponsors workshops for parents
Uses newsletters to inform parents
Works on school climate
Identifies volunteer tasks in school and at home
Works with schools on ways that parents can support school instruction
at home with their children
Has representatives on the school improvement team
Testifies at public hearings on issues affecting children and families
When you need help or information, contact...
3121 St Paul Street, Suite 25
Baltimore MD 21218
Phone:: (410) 235-7290
Fax: (410) 235-0357
(This document was adopted with permission from the National PTA)
330 N Wabash Avenue, Suite 2100
Chicago IL 60611-3604
Phone: (312) 670-6782
Fax: (312) 670-6783
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