Question: Parent Teacher Acronyms

I've seen PTO, PTA, HSA, PTC and probably a couple others. Do these names imply any variation or are they essentially the same thing?

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Rockne writes:
Hey Canary - They all essentially do the same thing -- parents organized around a school trying to make that school agreat place for kids. The only technical difference would be the term "PTA". PTAs are typically part of the national PTA (and their state PTA), which is a national organization. PTAs pay dues to the national, follow some national PTA and state PTA guidelines and receive some benefits from their affiliation. Virtually all of the rest of those acronyms (my group is an HSA -- Home & School Association) just mean independent parent group at our kids' school. Tim

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