Jun. 17, 9:00 AM
The Education Interim Committee of the State Legislature holds a public meeting.
Feb. 23 - Mar. 22
Comcast Newsmakers interviews Robyn Bagley about www.Utah-EducationFacts.com
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The 2009 Legislative Session concluded on Thursday, March 12th at midnight
This year marks the 25th anniversary of the landmark report, A Nation at Risk.
In the 2007-08 school year, Utah spent $8,224 per public school student.
Charter schools are independent public schools run by parents or non-profits.
The average class size in Utah is 22.2
High school students can graduate with an associate's degree and a scholarship worth 75% of college tuition.
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Types of Parent Organizations
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Parent organizations are voluntary groups that bring together parents, educators, and even students within a particular school to address the needs of the school, help raise funds, encourage parent and community involvement, and organize activities for members of the school community. Some parent organizations also participate in issue-advocacy and political lobbying.
Click on a link above or browse the descriptions below to learn more about different types of parent organizations.
PTO = Parent Teacher Organization. This is a generic term for any public school parent organization that operates at the local school level, independent of the National PTA. 75% of public schools in the U.S. have a PTO instead of a PTA.
PTA = Parent Teacher Association. PTA's are public school parent organizations that belong to the National PTA and must abide by PTA regulations and pay 55% of their dues to the Utah and National PTA. 70% of Utah public schools have a PTA.
What's the difference?
The main difference between PTO's and PTA's is that PTO's are completely controlled and focused at the local level.
Since 1962, PTA membership has dropped 50% to 5.8 million members even as the number of public schools has increased over that same time.
Nationwide, most public schools (75%) have a PTO instead of a PTA. PTO's and PTA's serve the same purpose except that PTO's are independently controlled by the parents at a particular school, while PTA's are affiliates of a national organization.
Utah differs from the national trend in that 70% of its public schools in have a PTA instead of a PTO.
Almost every charter school has some sort of parent organization associated with it. Most of them are PTO's which means they are independent and controlled by the parents at the school. PTO stands for Parent Teacher Organization. Some charter schools have parent organizations that are PTA's, which means they belong to the National Parent Teacher Association (PTA).
To find out more about your charter school's parent organization, contact your charter school.
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Almost every private school has some sort of parent organization. Most of them are PTO's which means they are independent and controlled by the parents at the school. PTO stands for Parent Teacher Organization.
To find out more about your private school's parent organization, contact your private school.
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Several home school parent organizations exist in Utah to provide resources for home schooling families. Click on a link below to learn more about each home school parent organization:
Home School Parent Organizations:
The Utah Parent Center also has a list of local support groups throughout the state for parents of children with autism and Asperger Syndrome. Learn more>>