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November 2, 2018
As New York City starts collecting data on inequities in PTA fundraising, the search is on for potential solutions
By making the data more accessible, the hope is to launch an informed conversation about how the city might address the “glaring disparities” that arise from the PTA Haves and Have Nots.
Follow the money
December 11, 2017
Rich PTA, poor PTA: New York City lawmaker wants to track school fundraising
New York City is home to some of the richest PTAs in the country, while other schools struggle to even recruit parent volunteers.
January 6, 2016
Disparities grow as parent groups raise money to cover school funding gaps
Some parent-teacher groups raise big bucks while others make do with a few thousand dollars a year. Experts say Colorado's school funding crisis is fueling such disparities.
June 9, 2014
Parent groups face uncertainty just when they’re needed most
PTAs in at least four of the county’s six new municipal school districts are forming separate PTA councils, and some parents aren’t sure which PTA to align with.
June 7, 2011
Meeting with parents, Walcott gets feedback and asks for more
Chancellor Dennis Walcott met with parent coordinators and leaders of Parent Teacher Associations yesterday. Chancellor Dennis Walcott met the parents last night at a panel session with PTA leaders and parent coordinators that gave him a chance to demonstrate his oft-stated commitment to community outreach. Walcott also previewed a new survey, called the Chancellor's Family Feedback Form, that he said will be released later this month. A flier handed out to parents describes the survey as an opportunity to "Tell us what information about your child is important to you and how you'd like to get it." The flier advertises a web site for the survey, FamilyFeedback.org, which is not yet live. Asked for more detailed information, a Department of Education spokeswoman said that the survey is still being developed. The announcement came as several attendees complained to Walcott about the challenges of getting a response from school officials. "What resources do parents have when principals don't respond?" one woman said. “What’s the chain of command here if we have a problem?” asked another attendee.
March 23, 2011
National PTA unveils new anti-bullying campaign
PTA offers up tip sheets for parents as part of its new anti-bullying campaign, called Connect for Respect.
March 10, 2011
New PTA parent guide explains Common Core Standards
The National Parent Teacher Association recently released guides for parents explaining the Common Core State Standards. The guides are available in English and Spanish online.
November 4, 2008
Election Day 2008 bake sales update: Cookies selling like hotcakes
Long lines at the polls this morning were a nuisance to voters, but they were a boon to students and parents who set up…
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