PTO vs PTA
In the attached slide, we have provided a brief description of PTOs, PTAs, and PTCs. We also provided pros, cons, and school district examples for each parent-teacher group.
- PTA stands for Parent Teacher "Association".
- PTA is a nationwide non-profit group.
- Each PTA group is a chapter of a national organization called the National PTA.
- One benefit of a PTA is that it is directly supported by the National PTA, meaning the National PTA provides resources and tools for each group.
- They also have a national voice since they are associated with a national organization. This means they have the opportunity to bring issues their schools are having to national attention.
- In addition, PTAs possess paid staff and a multitude of information and resources like free online training and access to different educational conferences.
- PTAs are not supporters of flexibility or allowing public schools to make decisions.
- PTAs are also responsible for collecting state and national dues.
- In addition, members of PTAs cannot disagree with political positions that have been adopted by the National PTA.
- Examples of school districts that have PTAs include Plano ISD, School District of Albany, and Westport Public Schools.
- PTO stands for Parent Teacher "Organization".
- PTOs are independent organizations that are focused solely on parent-teacher partnerships within their specific schools.
- They choose not to be involved in state and national activity.
- PTOs have more flexibility since they do not follow any national group guidelines or bylaws.
- PTOs can also choose to, or choose not to, charge dues.
- One PTO can have different policy positions than any other PTOs since they are independent entities.
- PTOs are not supported directly by the National PTA, meaning they would not receive the same resources and tools that a PTA may have.
- PTOs have no official umbrella organization.
- Most PTOs have no national voice since they are not affiliated with a national organization.
- Examples of school districts that have PTOs include Orchard Farm School District, Temple ISD, and Livingston ISD.
- PTC stands for Parent Teacher "Club".
- PTCs are independent organizations, much like PTOs.
- They are focused solely on parent-teacher partnerships within their specific schools.
- PTCs are only responsible for the needs of their individual schools.
- They are also not required to collect dues.
- All funds raised during fundraisers by PTCs go directly back into their schools.
- PTCs are not supported directly by the National PTA.
- PTCs have no official umbrella organization.
- Most PTCs have no national voice because they are not affiliated with a national organization.
- Examples of school districts that have PTCs include West School District 31, Valley Home Joint School District, and Stevensville Public Schools.
Since Parent Teacher Clubs are independent organizations, like Parent Teacher Organizations, we assumed that they have no national umbrella, leading to them not having a national voice. Also, since a Parent Teacher Club is not affiliated with the National PTA, we assumed the National PTA does not provide direct support to PTCs.