What is PTA?
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PTA is the parent teacher association that also includes the PTSA or parent teacher student association. As a 501(c)3 non-profit, the Irvine Unified Council of PTA’s (IUCPTA) or “Irvine Unified Council PTA” consists of all 43 public school PTA’s in the Irvine Unified School District of ~36,000 students. IUCPTA has over 14,350 members and has served over 116,900 volunteer hours for the 2022-23 school year.
IUCPTA is part of the California State PTA (CAPTA) –connecting families, schools and communities. We are part of the foundation of our public-education system and a trusted messenger to millions of members, parents, families, educators and allied agencies throughout the state. PTA is the nation’s largest volunteer-led child-advocacy association working to drive improvements in the education, health and well-being of all children and families.
We believe every adult has a responsibility to ensure that all children develop to their full potential. We believe parents are children’s first teachers and that parent involvement is essential throughout a child’s educational experience. We believe that family is the basic unit of society responsible for the support and nurturing of all children, and we recognize that “the family” may be defined in many ways. We believe our responsibility includes advocating for the safety and welfare of all children and the opportunity for a quality public education for each child.
We’re also part of National PTA – the largest child advocacy association in America.
What Specifically are Irvine Council’s Responsibilities?
- To promote within the council territory the interests of the National PTA, the California State PTA and district PTA.
- To unify and strengthen its units with counseling and encouragement.
- To develop and coordinate association and council projects and activities in the interest of children and youth.
- To act as a clearing house for an exchange of ideas and experiences.
- To serve as a channel of communication between the district and the local associations.
- To provide opportunities for leadership training.
- To promote public opinion favorable to the interests of children and youth.
- To assist in the formation of new local units according to the plan of the California State PTA.
- To compile a roster of council officers and association presidents.
- To provide information on proper procedures at the direction of the PTA district president in the event of dissolution of any association or an association disbands.