PTA is a grassroots organization made up of parents, teachers, and others around the state who have a special interest in children, families, and schools. National PTA is an association 4 million members strong and there are nearly 15,000 PTA members in Kansas. PTA members are advocates for all children in our neighborhoods, throughout the state, and on Capitol Hill. By joining a local PTA, a member automatically becomes a part of the largest child-advocacy organization in the state and nation.
Advantages of Being a PTA
PTA is the largest organization dedicated to service for children
The chief advantage of PTA over independent groups is PTA’s potential for unified action-a unified attack on major problems, a unified push for improved legislation, an opportunity to act as a forum for ideas, and a chance to meet with others and discuss mutual concerns.
PTA was started over 100 years ago in 1897. Though many persons do not understand the full scope of PTA, they realize it represents a force in the nation that speaks for all children.
PTA policies are adopted only after much study and discussion thus providing safeguards for units in their policy and decision making. The policies are the guiding principles which all levels of PTA must follow if the organization is to continue to work for its objects.
Not all problems can be solved in the local community, and as part of a State and National Congress, the local association extends its influence beyond its neighborhood and helps to secure state and national action for children’s benefit. America’s population is a mobile one with families moving from one community to another, from state to state. Therefore, PTA cannot afford a merely local outlook. Through PTAs we help assure quality schools and opportunities for all children across the nation.
When you join a local PTA, you also immediately become a member of the National PTA and Kansas PTA.