Nationwide, the Parent-Teacher Association is losing membership rapidly, reports the Washington Post. Instead of sending a share of dues to a national organization, parents prefer to start locally controlled parent groups.
The PTA echoes the teachers’ unions, writes Chester Finn.
I can’t name a single policy issue of consequence at the state or national level where the PTA’s testimony doesn’t mirror that of the NEA and/or AFT. This is true on No Child Left Behind. On school finance lawsuits and appropriations. And especially, and most reprehensibly, on issues of school choice of every sort. One might think an organization purporting to look after the parents of school children would do all it could to maximize their education options, to close down bad schools, to assure families the right and the means to leave for better schools, be they district schools, inter-district schools, charter schools, private schools, home schools, virtual schools, or whatever.
But one would be wrong. The PTA is at the state legislature or Congress, along with the unions (and the rest of what Bill Bennett terms “the blob”), lobbying against the rights of parents and children and in favor of the interests of institutions and their adult employees.
The PTA is “all T and no P.”