The Parent Teacher Association (PTA) was founded in 1897. But parents, teachers, and students are confronting drastically different challenges in today’s classrooms. We explore the evolution of parental involvement in local school systems, and how the nationwide leadership at PTA is positioning itself in education reform debates.


  • Charles J. "Chuck" Saylors President, National Parent Teacher Association
  • Michael Alison Chandler Reporter, Washington Post
  • Christine A. Woyshner Associate Professor of Education, Temple University; author, "The National Parent-Teacher Association, Race, and Civic Engagement, 1897-1970" (The Ohio State University Press)

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