It’s especially unusual since the Texas state PTA has been aggressive in promoting exactly the opposite policies, trying to get local school boards to make PTA the default choice in their schools. I give the Del Valle super credit for guts, as it’s often so much easier to give in to the organized PTA in a state like Texas than it is to stand up for a concepot that doesn’t have an organizational backing (PTOs are stand-alone). The Del Valle reasoning is same as most of the groups we see going PTO – why should parents have to pay dues to belong to the parent group at their own child’s school? It’s a good question.
While some PTOs choose to charge dues; all PTAs must charge dues. It’s a fundamental difference. In the end, my conclusion is the same: I’m for parent groups and involvement, no matter the acronym. Did find this article intriguing, though.
Two quick notes: 1. Our PTO v PTA page sheds even more light on the issue; and 2. Our PTO Expo is actually coming to Texas (among other places) this spring. I’ll be giving a keynote at the Texas event on best PTO and PTA habits.