Moving Day is Fast Approaching!

As you know, earlier this year National PTA purchased a new home in Alexandria, Virginia-effectively taking PTA home to the area where we were founded over 114 years ago, Washington DC.

Located on North Pitt Street in the Old Towne area, we will soon be just across the river from our Nation’s Capital and those we work with every day on behalf of families and children.

You might ask, why move now?

Well, when PTA was founded in 1897 it was in Washington DC. From that point, our association met and worked in the city. In the 1930’s, like many other national associations, PTA moved to the Chicago area because the prominent transportation of the day was by railway; Chicago being a national center. Not too long after that, PTA purchased property and settled in for many years in service.

About 15 years ago, PTA found itself in a position of needing a new location in Chicago to meet our growing needs for space. The building was sold, the proceeds were put into an account to build or purchase another property in the near future. Well, the near future never came. For a number of very reasonable issues the PTA lived in leased space until this year.

This is a bold step for our Association and we now have an appreciable asset for our investment. Our new home will house not only all of our administrative spaces, but it will also have training space that can handle over 200 people, video conferencing/training and radio production capabilities.

In the near future, you will be hearing more about our move, a fall Open House as well as a Capital Campaign. Our thanks should go out to everyone who has given their support to making this dream come true. No one person is responsible, your team is working to make sure our Association is on a strong footing for a long time to come.
In the meantime, here’s a glimpse of what the building looks like and the progressive transformation. Visit our Fotki gallery for more photos.     http://public.fotki.com/pta/newnationalptabuilding/

See you soon!

What Do You Consider As Justice?

What Do You Consider As Justice?

Recently a local prosecutor in Detroit Michigan made news by proposing a law that would have legal repercussions for parents who do not take part in such activities as parent teacher conferences. Now, I’ll admit that her proposal would probably be for those parents who are the worst offenders, but really? In California, a state Senate bill has recently passed a committee vote that lays out a series of punishments for the same lack of action by parents, in simple terms, not attending parent teacher conference and/or allowing their students to go un-supervised.

These two suggested pieces of legislation has our media outlets buzzing and educational leaders wondering where did this all came from? And the question is valid, where is this coming from?

PTA has long been an advocate for parent engagement. Parents, grand-parents, adult care givers should all be active participants in a child’s educational experience. These political recommendations should give us a great opportunity to both discuss options for getting adults engaged and why some elected officials find it necessary to impose legislation for parent involvement with a hammer versus identify more positive solutions.

One example of a positive plan for parent engagement is the Parent Engagement in Education Act, HR5211. This legislation helps schools and school districts develop best practices for parent engagement, it’s that simple!

When I was in school, Dad worked and Mom volunteered at my school. Today, both parents work and in many cases more than one job each. Many parents don’t have the time today that they had in years past, so PTA must work harder and longer to help encourage any caring adult to spend time in their local school.

Although I do not agree with negatitive legislation that seems to force a parent’s involvement, the concern is real. PTA must work to see that our parents, elected officials and the public in general understand that there are more positive solutions to addressing these concerns.

For more parental involvement tips and helpful guides, please visit http://www.pta.org/topic_parent_involvement.asp