Every child’s potential is a reality
Texas PTA’s Mission
To make every child’s potential a reality by engaging and empowering families and communities to advocate for all children.
To promote the welfare of children and youth in home, school, community, and place of worship;
To raise the standards of home life;
To secure adequate laws for the care and protection of children and youth;
To bring into closer relation the home and the school, that parents and teachers may cooperated intelligently in the education of children and youth;
To develop between educators and the general public such united efforts as will secure for all children and youth the highest advantages in physical, mental, social and spiritual education.
Talking Points for Principals
Principals are a welcome and important part of the local PTA.
As a reminder...
- Principals are automatic members of the PTA’s executive board with voting privileges (no voting by proxy), therefore it is vital that he/she attend board meetings
- Any fundraiser conducted on school property needs to be approved by the principal
- Monies earned by the PTA should not remain on school property or be mixed with school funds
- Any school staff member who holds office with the PTA or wants to learn more about how the PTA functions is strongly encouraged to attend a Foundations: Leadership Orientation (FLO) course, which is provided by the Edgewood Council of PTAs in the months of May and September
- Per the EISD Superintendent, EISD employees may not serve in the capacity of President or Treasurer within the PTA
Principals can help support local PTAs in these ways:
- Allowing the PTA to use campus facilities for meetings and event
- Supporting and strengthening PTA communications with students and their families
- Encouraging faculty/staff enrollment and participation in the PTA
- Understanding and respecting PTA’s primary focus on education and advocacy, NOT fundraising
- Recognizing the power of advocating for all children with the powerful grassroots voice of PTA
Talking Points for Teachers
For more than 100 years, the PTA has provided support, information, and resources to school personnel and families focused on the health and education of children.
In the past, PTA has worked to accomplish:
- the creation of kindergarten classes
- child labor laws
- hot lunch programs
- a juvenile justice system
- mandatory immunizations
Some of the issues that National and Texas PTA advocate for include:
- Improving indoor air quality of school buses
- Strengthening child passenger restraint laws
- Opposing school vouchers
- Securing passage of a Smoke-Free Workplace Law
- Supporting programs that make schools safer
Students achieve when families and teachers partner through PTA to ensure children are safe and healthy.
Studies have shown that families are more likely to be informed and involved in their children’s education when they are PTA members. This results in higher grades, improved test scores, and increased attendance.
Member benefits include: discounts to many widely used services and items, and teacher and faculty scholarships for continuing education. CPE credits are offered through many PTA programs and events.
Talking Points for Families
Why should you join?
- PTAs work to engage and inform families, provide free resources and programs, advocate for better education and health, and build a strong bond between home and school.
- PTA promotes and supports opportunities for families to effectively participate in their children’s lives.
Children succeed when families, schools, and communities work together.
- PTA helps you keep up with what’s happening at your school.
- PTA has a network that allows you to meet others who want to help and advocate for all children.
- PTA is a great way to get more involved in your child’s education which will likely lead to increased student achievement, including higher grades, improved test scores, and greater attendance.