Definition of parent–teacher association in US English:

parent–teacher association

(also PTA)


  • 1A national organization devoted to furthering the safety and interests of children.

    1. 1.1 A local organization of parents and teachers for promoting closer relations and improving educational facilities at a school.
      • ‘Ask your parent-teacher association and/or school administrators to invite a local law-enforcement official to speak to parents and/or the student body about hazing and the state's anti-hazing law.’
      • ‘For the school, active parent-teacher associations can make the difference, in the state sector especially, between good facilities and outstanding ones.’
      • ‘Stephen Franks made some good points about school parent-teacher associations and groups of people like that who have come to rely on this form of fund-raising for their activities.’
      • ‘The first variable is equal to 1 if the parent belonged to a parent-teacher association or related organization, or volunteered at school.’
      • ‘She served on the public library's executive board and was active in the parent-teacher association when her four daughters were in school.’
      • ‘But would it be reasonable to report the head teacher's salary, the amount raised by the parent-teacher association last year and the average length of service of staff?’
      • ‘Teachers and the parent-teacher associations should ensure that programmes that improve self-motivation of the students were organised on a regular basis in schools, he added.’
      • ‘When my oldest son who is now in college studying music attended elementary school, our parent-teacher association conducted fundraising events to help purchase a computer for every classroom.’
      • ‘The film is scheduled for distribution through parent-teacher associations and school principals this fall.’
      • ‘Voice your concerns to teachers, fellow parents, school bus drivers, school counselors, the school board, and the parent-teacher association.’
      • ‘There have been withdrawals from parent-teacher associations.’
      • ‘No meals are served at the school, although the parent-teacher association may run a stand that sells snacks for break time.’
      • ‘They must join or organize parent-teacher associations at schools and insist that gross commercialization of every kind be banned.’
      • ‘Members of parent-teacher associations and students who help to mentor younger children could soon be forced to undergo police checks to ensure they are not paedophiles.’
      • ‘The proposed shake-up could provoke a power struggle between Scotland's school boards and parent-teacher associations, with parents caught in the middle.’
      • ‘Schools must adopt a nutrition and food policy and set up a nutrition committee, in which the parent-teacher association will have a major role to play.’
      • ‘In the United States, grass-roots efforts involved many groups, including paediatricians, parent-teacher associations, and local and state health departments.’
      • ‘The parent-teacher association at your child's school may even offer sessions about talking to teens where you can share tips and experiences with other parents.’
      • ‘The parents have been magnanimous, and both the parent-teacher association and action group have worked well as a team.’
      • ‘The solution, says the County Joint Committee, is to invite local councils, parent-teacher associations or organisations like the scouts to organise supervision.’


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