The Virginia PTA issued a statement on February 7 reemphasizing its commitment towards inclusiveness and diversity in light of past actions from Virginia elected officials – VAPTAStatementFebruary2019.
The PTA, founded in 1897, is the oldest and largest volunteer child advocacy organization in the nation with 4 million families, students, educators, school leaders, school support staff, business leaders, and community leaders working at the school building, district, state and national levels to improve education, health and safety conditions for our children. The Virginia PTA represents over 250,000 members throughout the Commonwealth.
The PTA is an organization that recognizes diversity values differences and similarities among people through its actions and accountability. These characteristics include age, ethnicity, gender, language and culture, socioeconomic status, among many different things.
When PTAs respect differences yet acknowledge shared commonalities uniting their communities, and then develop meaningful priorities based upon their knowledge, they genuinely represent their communities. When PTAs represent their communities, they gain strength and effectiveness through increased volunteer and resource support.
Further information about the PTA’s work on inclusion and diversity can be found at https://www.pta.org/home/run-your-pta/Diversity-Inclusion-Toolkit.