PTA Organization


NOT ALL PARENT GROUPS ARE THE SAME

The term “PTA” is commonly used to describe any parent group, and many parents, teachers, and administrators are not aware that there are distinct differences between PTA and other parent organizations (such as “Friends of” or Booster Club groups).

Unlike parent groups at other schools, PTA units such as JSSPTA are part of a nation-wide organization. We are supported by a national and state structure that provides valuable information, resources, training and advocacy on behalf of our members and our children. As members of this vast nation-wide community, we are eligible for discounted insurance for events that are not covered by our school.


JSSPTA IS PART OF A LARGER ORGANIZATION

UNITS

Unit PTAs are organized and chartered in conformity with rules and regulations as prescribed in the bylaws of the California State PTA. These units are self-governing bodies for the purpose of planning programs and activities to meet local community needs. However, they are required to observe policies of the California State PTA and/or National PTA.

PTAs at the local level (Unit PTAs) are valuable assets to their school communities by providing educational and parent involvement information, resources, events, and activities. They are linked to the state PTA and National PTA, forming a nationwide network of members working on behalf of all children and youth.

COUNCIL PTAs/PTSAs

Councils of PTAs/PTSAs are created by the California State PTA for the purpose of conference, leadership training, and coordination of efforts of the member units. Units report to Councils. Justice Street School PTA is part of the Valley West Council.

DISTRICT PTA/PTSAs

District PTAs are geographical divisions of the California State PTA, established to carry out its programs. All PTA districts organized after July 1, 1980, are required to have number designations.

Justice Street School PTA is part of the 31st District. Click here for more information about the 31st District PTA

CALIFORNIA STATE PTA

The California State PTA (California Congress of Parents, Teachers, and Students, Inc.) is a branch of the National PTA, serving as a connecting link between the national organization and its membership within the state. As of June 30, 2010, California has 887,200 PTA members; 3,733 Units; 169 Councils and 29 Districts.

Click here for more information about California State PTA (CAPTA)

NATIONAL PTA

The National PTA (National Congress of Parents and Teachers) is a volunteer educational organization, founded in Washington, D.C., in 1897. Branches of the National PTA have been established in all 50 United States, the District of Columbia, U.S. Virgin Islands, and in schools for American dependents in Europe and the Pacific area.

National PTA is composed of 54 state congresses and nearly 26,000 local units in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, U.S. Virgin Islands, and the Department of Defense Schools in Europe and the Pacific.

Click here for more information about National PTA