A comparison between PTA and other non-PTA parent groups:
PTA (Parent Teacher Association) is a state and national affiliated
organization dedicated to advocacy for all children. It has as resources
other PTA units, state and national organizations, a voice in state and
national legislation, and a network capability with 6.5 million child
PTA provides many opportunities for leadership training. Officers and
chairmen can receive job specific training at local, Area PTA and state
workshops. A family resource and video library dedicated to parent
education topics, children's health and safety, drug tobacco and alcohol
awareness and education issues is available to all PTA units. PTA's work
is based on the concept that many groups with similar goals working for
children are much more effective and benefit more children than just a
single organization working for the children on one campus.
Because PTA is recognized as an advocacy organization for children and
promotes parent involvement, leaders are asked to serve on many state
boards and committees. This representation adheres to the legislative
positions and resolution approved by PTA members at national and state
conventions. PTA presence at the state level ensures that parents are
considered more fully when decisions are made.
PTA dues are decided by the membership of the Local Unit PTA with $1.25
of the dues dedicated to Texas PTA and $1.75 to the National PTA. All
other monies are used as the Local Unit PTA desires and decides.
Other non-PTA parent goups are usually a campus level group that deals
primarily with issues arising from its school. There is no affiliation
with other parent groups, and there are no state or national resources.
Decisions and actions made by a non-PTA parent group generally affect
only the children of its affiliated school.
Non-PTA parent group dues are determined by the Local Unit PTA. Since
these groups are independent of any state or national organization, all
monies are kept in that unit.