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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 either a PA or a PTA, 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.