Jim Sleezer (JHS8@OSUVM1.BITNET)
Thu, 25 Feb 1993 10:09:53 CST
Jon, in considering the list of abbreviations, please be sure to make a
distinction between PTA and PTO. The Parent-Teacher Association is a national
organization. Local schools may associate with the national organization and
have a PTA. Some, however, do not subscribe to all the PTA "stuff" and choose
to have their own local organization, usually called a Parent-Teacher
Organization (PTO), but sometimes called a Parent-Teacher-Student Organization
(PTSO). There may be some other variations around the country but PTA and PTO
are not synonyms even though they have *similar* goals and objectives.
It took me three years to get the local council to quit offending our charter
organization by calling it the PTA when it was really a PTO. We finally got
it changed. The pack is now going through the battle again--an ignorant DE
changed it on the last charter renewal because he thought everyone had a PTA!
BTW (by the way), the local council is in Minnesota, the battle started many
years ago and was *won* four years ago. I learned about the renewed battle
in a note from the principal who has been a friend since our boys first entered
the school. She just asked, "sigh, is there some way to get it straightened
out?, again, sigh." The distinction may not be important to others but it
is definately important to them. It also cost some awareness since the PTO
charter was displayed on the wall outside the school office for all to see--
they do not display the current PTA version (but are saving the space if it
ever gets corrected.
Sorry for the long post, it just hit my sensitive button!!
jim sleezer (now a PTA member in Oklahoma)
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