My family moved around a lot when I was a kid, and each time I know it was a challenge for my mom to learn about and adapt to new school systems. I have one older and one younger sister, so on some occasions this meant she had to start over with not just one school, but two or even three within a district. This all could have been so much easier if she had a resource like PTAlink.org.
Launched last fall, PTAlink.org was created by two public school parents and contains information on parent leadership, establishing and running a PTA, parent-run activities and events, understanding the DOE regulations that govern PTA work, accessing pro-bono legal services and other types of support, and parent-run school activities and events. The site also includes tips and best practices from parent organizations across the city, and has big plans for expanding with a moderated discussion forum for parents, establishing a PTA mentoring program, special events and more.
The site was started with support from friend of The LAMP and City Councilmember Brad Lander, and runs on the passion and energy of its founders, Rachel Fine and Lisa Ableman. For more information and to get involved, click here to contact PTAlink.
– Emily Long