Why PTA?

The Parent Teacher Association Advantage

PTA is the oldest and largest child advocacy association in America. PTA is comprised of four million parents, teachers, grandparents, caregivers, foster parents and other caring adults who share a commitment to improving the education, health, and safety of all children. We speak with one voice for every child.

Today, the issues that affect our children extend beyond their individual schools. PTA’s nationwide network provides parents with the forum and tools to collectively influence the decisions that affect children not only at their schools, but also throughout their districts, within their states, and across the nation. This mission is unique to PTA.

Many of the benefits our children receive today, such as universal kindergarten, the National School Lunch Program, and a juvenile justice system, were accomplished as a result of PTA’s mission.

In New Mexico, PTA has achieved several notable improvements for children, including:

  • Advocated for materials to be published in English and Spanish
  • Worked for traffic safety enforcement in school zones
  • Encouraged the establishment of all-day kindergarten
  • Supported legislation for background checks for school and daycare personnel

With PTA, families also have access to important benefits, including:

    • Dozens of national programs, experts, and turnkey resources
    • Regular updates and advice in the form of e-newsletters, PTA.org, Our Children magazine, and a robust back-to-school kit of resources
    • Leadership development through webinars and e-learning courses
    • Millions of dollars in grants to help build PTA capacity and skills and make a difference in their school community
    • Cost savings from national retailers and other PTA partners
    • Invitations to PTA conventions as well as our conferences for emerging minority leaders, male mentors, and advocates
    • Support services and staff to help establish and manage your PTA

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To join PTA or discuss how to bring PTA to your school, please contact New Mexico PTA today.  We look forward to hearing from you!

What’s the difference between a PTA and another parent group?

While there are many differences between PTAs and other parent groups, the most fundamental is our mission. PTA is a nationwide network of families and educators advocating for children at all levels of decision making. Other parent groups are comprised of families working only at an individual school.

The New Mexico PTA Mission Statement

Initiate, support, enrich, and advocate for the critical role
of adult involvement in the education and life experiences
of children throughout the state of New Mexico.

As a nationwide network of more than 22,000 schools and four million families, PTA provides parents, educators, and other concerned adults with an organized way to improve education, health, and safety conditions for America’s children. In addition to involvement at the school, PTA parents have a voice with district, state, and even national level conversations. PTA is more connected, dedicated, and advocacy-minded than ever before. We do not limit ourselves to bake sales; we strive for meaningful policy changes and educational improvements. The results of our mission benefit all children nationwide, even those who do not attend a PTA school.

Reasons why Districts and Administrators want a PTA in their schools:

Administrative factors also set PTA apart from other parent groups. PTA offers a national and state infrastructure with staff to assist PTAs in securing nonprofit status, filing government paperwork, creating bylaws, purchasing low-cost insurance and training leaders. These support services are available at no additional cost after membership.

What is required to maintain PTA compliance and tax exempt status?

Each local PTA unit shall:

  • Always adhere to the purposes and basic policies of NMPTA as stated in your local unit bylaws;
  • Hold at least 3 general meetings per year. The purpose of these meetings shall include the following:
    1. Approval of the budget at a fall general meeting.
    2. Electing the nominating committee at a winter general meeting.
    3. Electing officers at a spring general meeting.
  • Review your local unit bylaws at the start of the fiscal year and submit changes to the NMPTA as needed or when requested by the NMPTA Bylaws Committee.
  • Remit monthly state and national portions of annual dues to NMPTA – $5.50/member ($3.25 State, $2.25 National) along with a list of member names and email addresses.