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PA/PTA Overview

A Parent Association (PA) or Parent Teacher Association (PTA) is the official organization of the parent body in a school. Every New York City public school is required by the New York State Education Law §2590-h and the New York City Department of Education's Chancellor's Regulation A-660 to have one, and all parents of children in a school are automatically eligible as members. Because of their guaranteed rights and responsibilities, PA/PTAs can be the most direct vehicle for parent involvement in the schools, allowing parents to serve as partners both in their children’s educations and in the schools themselves.

For PA/PTAs, parent involvement can mean inspiring parents to attend meetings, volunteer with activities and events, support classroom work, and bring needed resources to the school.