PTA (Parent Teacher Association)

By | Feb 17, 2009

In 1897 Alice McLellan Birney and Phoebe Apperson Hearst organized the first meeting of National Congress of Mothers. It was held February 17–19, Washington DC. They were expecting about 200 people, 2000 attended.  Birney was elected President with Apperson named First Vice President.  The wife of Adlai E. Stevenson, Vice President of the United States was named another of the Vice-Presidents.

It is the largest volunteer child advocacy association in the nation. The National PTA reminds the United States of its obligations to children and provides parents and families with a powerful voice to speak on behalf of every child while providing the best tools for parents to help their children be successful students.

National PTA is composed of 54 state congresses and nearly 26,000 local units in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, U.S. Virgin Islands, and the Department of Defense Schools in Europe and the Pacific. National PTA, as directed by its board of directors, provides leadership, programs, support, and resources to its members at all levels of the association.

Jan Harp Domene of Anaheim, California, is the PTA national president for 2007 to 2009. As president, she plans to raise the level of parent involvement nationwide by increasing PTA membership and strengthening outreach to diverse communities; focus on ensuring the inclusion of PTA’s recommendations for the reauthorization of the No Child Left Behind Act; continue to build PTA’s parent involvement programs and partnerships; and to connect parents and engage families by providing them with the knowledge they need to be advocates for their children.

Membership is open to anyone who believes in the Mission and Purposes of National Parent Teacher Association. Individual members may belong to any number of PTAs and pay dues in each. Every person who joins a local PTA automatically becomes a member of both the state and National PTAs.

The Mission of the Parent Teacher Association
•    To support and speak on behalf of children and youth in the schools, in the community, and before governmental bodies and other organizations that make decisions affecting children;
•    To assist parents in developing the skills they need to raise and protect their children;
•    To encourage parent and public involvement in the public schools of this nation.

Sources: pta.org


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