Question: PTO vs. PTA

I am completing a research project for my principal certification. My topic is parent involvement and I would like to write about the pros and cons of PTA versus PTO. Our own parent organization with a longstanding partnership with PTA is also considering switching to a PTO. I would like to solicit responses regarding this matter to use in my research project and also present to our own parent organization. Please help! Thanks!

Asked by cscott*2012



Advice from PTO Today

Craig writes:
At the school level, there's very little difference between PTOs and PTAs. They operate with the same basic organizational structure, they pursue similar goals, and they interact in the same way with school administration. In my opinion, the two most important elements for success of a PTO or PTA have nothing to do with their PTA affiliation (or lack of affiliation): the amount of support the group has from the school administration and the effectiveness of the group's leadership. We have a couple of articles that look at the specific differences: PTO vs. PTA: What's the Difference? and PTO vs. PTA: Frequently Asked Questions. Good luck with your project!

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