Not your mom's PTA: Fun fundraisers yield to advocating for fundsThat's the headline of a lohud.com article spelling out out why the PTA's new focus is on defending against education spending cuts during these tough economic times. Although this new priority is understandable, I wish PTAs would spend more energy helping schools learn how to do more with less, since increasing productivity may be the best way to advocate for our children as government funding continues to feel the pressure of a faltering economy and crippling deficits.
Several straight years of budget crises that threaten to change the nature of public education have inspired the venerable PTA to modernize its approach to defending schools and students. Local and regional PTAs across the state are now trolling through legislation and contracts, fighting state-aid cuts, and meeting with lawmakers in an effort to get a seat at the lobbying table....PTA members should be reminded that higher education spending has not correlated with higher student achievement levels.
The cuts are devastating and coming at the wrong time, said Lex Kessler, a member of the Somers PTA Council. He said American kids are falling behind their peers in other countries, especially in math and science.
Somewhat surprisingly, an ex-PTA president serving as a state legislator is advocating for the tax cap.
Even Sen. Suzi Oppenheimer, a Democrat from the Sound shore who started out as a PTA president decades ago, changed her position and said she is backing a cap this year so she "can be at the table" and push for mandate relief.I agree with the sentiments expressed by this comment:
Any discussion of a tax cap must address ballooning debt payments and pension and health-care costs, she said.
"I'm trying to offer some simple, but necessary changes to it," she said.
I do applaud all the PTA volunteers for their time & effort. However, their mission should not be a lobbying effort for the teachers & union.Read the entire article after the jump.
The PTA should be asking the teachers how to do more with less.