PTA Helps Parent Teacher Groups Succeed
Since 1909 PTA has been sharing and perfecting best practices
state-wide, building vibrant support networks, writing training
curricula and manuals, creating programs, facilitating
networking, and working to make every child’s potential a
Over 2900 PTAs in Texas already know that being a PTA helps
them excel. Don’t let your parent teacher group go it alone.
Encourage them to be a PTA!
Get an “A” in Economics
PTAs get free websites.
Easy and free, every PTA in Texas has the opportunity to get a
fantastic, customizable website designed specifically for a
volunteer to administer. Also free: online dues processing,
broadcast e-mail tools, online parenting forums, and newsletters,
a great calendar tool, and more.
PTAs are 501(c)(3) organizations.
Save yourselves the expense and hassle of filing for non-profit/tax
exempt status with the IRS and the State of Texas. Each and
every local PTA is covered under Texas PTA’s group exemption.
PTAs get free art and parent education programs.
Texas PTA makes quality programs easy. PTA arts programs
generate 85,000 pieces of student art every year in Teas. We
also present over 200 top-quality on-campus parent education
workshops on hot topics like bullying, internet safety, and suicide
prevention annually. These are terrific programs that help parent
teacher groups do more without working harder.
Get an “A” in Accounting
PTAs have oversight via bylaws, standing rules, and annual audits.
To be a PTA, bylaws and standing rules must be on file and
according to specified minimums. One of the most important
standing requirements is that each PTA must undergo an annual
audit. Rules about where funds are held, when financials must
be reviewed, and other risky activities ensure that, if it’s a PTA, it’s
going to be OK.
PTAs offer leadership and officer training.
PTA wrote the book on best practices for parent teacher groups.
It’s called the Texas PTA Handbook. We also wrote a manual for
each officer and chairman position. All incoming presidents and
treasurers are trained in best practices and also receive
Get an “A” in Government
PTAs are greater than the sum of their parts.
In addition to all that we do to help each school’s PTA succeed,
Texas PTA gives parent teacher groups a voice at the Capitol.
This year issues like air quality inside school buses, child passenger
restraint laws, smoking, vouchers, and nutrition are priorities.
Historically, PTA championed such issues as polio vaccines, birth
certificates, and healthy school lunches. If it’s important for kids,
it’s important to the PTA.
PTAs encourage parent involvement.
Parental involvement isn’t just good for your students and your
school, it’s the law. According to the No Child Left Behind Act,
all Title One schools are required to, “build the school’s and their
parents’ capacity for strong parent involvement…” The PTA is,
and always has been, all about parent involvement.
Get an “A” in Group Work
PTAs will save the day.
PTA’s support network includes 90 Councils, 18 Areas, 6 Regions,
a State Board, and a full-time professional staff. PTAs can count
on getting the assistance they need when they need it.
The largest gathering of parent teacher group volunteers
anywhere happens every year at the Texas PTA Summer Leadership Seminar in Austin. Additionally, hundreds of other
statewide and regional events and online tools help your
volunteer leaders share their very best ideas.