Every child’s potential is a reality.
To make every child’s potential a reality by engaging and empowering families and communities to advocate for all children.
- To promote the welfare of children and youth in home, school, community and place of worship
- To raise the standards of home life
- To secure adequate laws for the care and protection of children and youth
- To bring into closer relation the home and the school, that parents and teachers may cooperate intelligently in the education of children and youth
- To develop between educators and the general public such united efforts as will secure for all children and youth the highest advantages in physical, mental, social and spiritual education.
PTA As An Organization
Local – Your school’s PTA is your “Local”. Your Local enables you, as a child’s caregiver, to really get involved on a “grass-roots” level to have an impact on your child’s educational experience.
Council – As in the case of the HEB ISD Council of PTAs, your Council exists to support and assist the local PTAs of an entire school district, and also to help train Local officers and committee chairs. Council also will provide access to many outside organizations who might wish to form partnerships with your local PTA, as well as organizations who can provide programs useful to your local community. Generally speaking, the Council committee chairs are there to answer questions and provide committee-specific information to your local chairpersons. The Council will also work closely with the school district to inform the PTA Locals regarding legislative and other news or concerns that impact the entire district.
Area – Area PTAs are the next step up the chain. Area performs essentially the same services for a group of PTA Councils that Council does for the Locals. Councils send delegates to Area as part of the “next step” of determining the Area’s stance on legislation and other matters. HEBISD Council of PTAs is part of Area 17.
Region – The process continues to move up the chain with PTA Regions. There are 6 regional PTAs in Texas, with Tarrant and Dallas Counties being split between regions 4 and 5. Northeast Tarrant County, including HEBISD is in Region 5.
State – State PTA is the final stage of PTA before hitting the National level. Texas PTA (www.txpta.org) will send delegates to National in order to represent the interests of all Texas PTAs, local, council, area and region, in legislative matters. This is where your involvement pays off in terms of getting your voice heard on the national level.
National – The overall goals, major programs and legislative goals of PTA as a whole are determined by National PTA, based on the input of state PTAs. National PTA is the part of PTA that will actively lobby the federal government in matters of legislation and policy that affects our children on a national level. Your involvement on the local level will ultimately end up here. The key to the process is to actually get involved with your local PTA to get the ball rolling in the first place.