Category Archives: PTA

Increasing Graduation Rates

The average national graduation rate has risen to 80% from 78%, which was the highest it had been since 1974!  However, the goal of this president is to have that increased to 90% by 2020.  This is a distinct challenge … Continue reading

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Feeding the Hungry… In a SNAP

Every five years, the Farm Bill has to be reauthorized.  Due this year, Representatives passed the bill to cut nearly $4o billion from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps.  Even though the majority of the … Continue reading

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Family Engagement in Education Act

Family Engagement in children’s education has been proven to be not only beneficial for the schools but also for increasing effectiveness and success of children’s education!  In fact, studies show that engaging families is also cost effective; schools would have … Continue reading

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Changing the Gavel at Kentucky PTA

The changing of the gavel between presidents can often evoke ambivalent feelings.  Saying goodbye to President Teri Gale in this role and appreciating her accomplishments while graciously greeting the new leadership of President-Elect Eddie Squires, represents that ambivalence.   This … Continue reading

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Otha Thornton, Newly Installed President of National PTA

Otha Thornton, the newly installed president of National PTA (NPTA) – the oldest child advocacy group in our country – is a senior operations analyst with General Dynamics in Fort Stewart, Georgia. He is a retired United States Army Lieutenant … Continue reading

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Emerging Minority Leadership

The Emerging Minority Leaders (EML) Conference encourages the development of new PTA leaders who can succeed in building bridges to ethnically diverse families to engage with PTA. This conference is the premier family engagement program for training ethnically diverse leaders … Continue reading

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BULLYING ATTACKED at PTA Youth Summit

For the first time at the National PTA Convention which is being held in Ohio, a National PTA Youth Leadership Summit was also being held.  A panel on Bullying was moderated by National PTA President Betsy Landers and comprised of … Continue reading

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