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By Andrew L. Yarrow | July 5, 2010
America's public schools — for all their failings — are a glorious affirmation of the ideals of equal opportunity that we should be celebrating this Fourth of July weekend. Schools should be free and public, but two significant factors suggest that public funding could use a boost from parents and the private sector. While school foundations are springing up, why not rethink the role of that good, old-fashioned institution, the parent-teacher (-student) association, or PTA?
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By Sue Van Essen, svanessen@hotmail.com | April 4, 2014
By the time the kids are in fifth grade, many school volunteers find it time to go back to work and are no longer able to volunteer. Not so for Ron and Wendy Duncan . But then again, they're not parents of elementary students, they're grandparents! They started volunteering when their grandson started kindergarten at Oakleigh Elementary; six years later, they are still there. As the boy moved up a grade, they moved up but they also continued to volunteer in the grades he completed.
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NEWS
November 10, 1993
The role of the Parent Teacher Association in the school system has always been somewhat unclear: advocate or liaison, supporter or challenger?That ambiguity was exposed recently when the Harford County school administration suspended a teacher in Magnolia Middle School who has been accused of sexual misconduct by several students. The school and the countywide PTAs learned of the suspension from news reports. Their leaders were upset that they were not informed beforehand.PTA officials argued that they should be told before parents learn about it through the media and deluge them with questions they cannot answer.
NEWS
March 5, 2014
Your recent editorial on the Baltimore County PTA Council was well titled ("Signs of trouble in county schools?" Feb. 24). The PTA council has a history of being a "rabble rousing" organization during controversial times in the county school system. In fact, it was this group that frequently took another superintendent, Stuart Berger, to task over dubious educational directives like "Whole Language" in the 1990s. Whenever a superintendent comes in as a change agent and makes decisions in isolation from the public he serves, the outcome will always be challenged.
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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF | July 31, 2002
Carroll County's PTAs and PTOs are expected to donate money to help the Hampstead Elementary association pay for pupil enrichment programs and activities, after the theft of more than $60,000 from the school's PTA fund. Members of the Friendship Valley PTO are organizing the fund drive, enlisting the county's 30 other parent-teacher organizations to make sure Hampstead's programs don't skip a beat. Police charged Hampstead's PTA treasurer, John N. Biggs Jr., with the theft of more than $60,000 in the association's funds this month.
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By Samuel Goldreich and Samuel Goldreich,Staff writer | October 27, 1991
The county Parent-Teachers Association has flooded its 1,500 memberswith form letters to send the state Board of Education opposing proposed changes in high school graduation requirements.The Harford County Council of Parent-Teachers Associations argues the proposal should be opposed on grounds that it is being speeded to adoption without public participation.The PTA does not plan to testify on the proposal Tuesday in Baltimore, when parents, teachers and students from across Maryland tell the state Board of Education what they think.
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By MIKE BURNS | June 13, 1993
We were asked to pay annual dues at the door, before eve attending the first meeting.bTC The main speaker extolled the virtues of the gift wrap that was being sold, with a show-and-tell demonstration of how much longer this wrapping paper roll was than competing products sold in the stores. She proceeded to inform us of the coming candy sale: Buy some for future birthdays, not just a measly chocolate bunny for Easter.The buy-a-balloon event, so popular last year, would not be held because of concerns about the environmental impact of flyaway balloons, she reported.
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By Shirley Leung and Shirley Leung,Sun Staff Writer | February 26, 1995
The former PTA treasurer who pleaded guilty to embezzling $3,500 from the Crofton Meadows Elementary School, and who will be sentenced tomorrow in Circuit Court, has been indicted on a new charge of stealing an undisclosed amount from the Crofton Athletic Council.On Jan. 20, Judge Raymond G. Thieme Jr. delayed sentencing Susan Haller, 32, until the athletic council could determine if the Crofton resident had taken any of its money while she served as its registrar from 1990 to 1994.A county grand jury indicted Haller Feb. 15 on a felony theft charge for allegedly stealing more than $300 from the athletic council account.
NEWS
November 1, 1994
The former treasurer of the Crofton Meadows Elementary School PTA has pleaded guilty to felony theft in Anne Arundel Circuit Court for stealing up to $3,500 from the organization.Susan Haller, 32, of the 2000 block of Cambridge Drive in Crofton, admitted to Judge Raymond G. Thieme Jr. Oct. 26 that she took the money during her three years in the office.Assistant State's Attorney Eugene M. Whissel II said yesterday that Haller had agreed to pay $3,500 in restitution as part of a plea agreement reached in the case.
NEWS
November 21, 2000
Charles Carroll Elementary PTA is holding a community meeting tonight to discuss the future of the school, the oldest and smallest in the county. The 71-year-old school is being studied by a committee that will recommend to the Carroll Board of Education early next year whether to close or renovate the building. School officials lowered the rating of the school's condition from fair to poor this year, rocketing Charles Carroll up a list of construction priorities. The status change also triggered a formal site assessment and sparked a flood of concern from community members who cherish the history, tradition and charm of their tiny school, located about 10 miles north of Westminster.
NEWS
March 1, 2014
I was in attendance at the recent Baltimore County PTA Council meeting mentioned by letter writer Laura McDowell, and I can assure you that her description of the meeting is inaccurate and actually a bit offensive ( "Hereford bullies," Feb. 26). Although the number of representatives from high schools across the county was low, I have attended several PTA Council meetings, and low attendance is unfortunately typical. The PTSA at Loch Raven supports the new schedule change for Loch Raven.
NEWS
February 28, 2014
Having attended the PTA meeting Laura McDowell refers to ("Hereford bullies," Feb. 26), I am at the very least perplexed about her letter. The term "Hereford Zone" came from a weather definition for an area comprising over 200 miles that is effected much differently by weather than, say, Essex and Dundalk. Having lived in the Hereford Zone for over 40 years, I have never heard it described as an area of bullies. It is a community that rallies for the students, rallies for those in need, and yes stands up to local government that is bullying it's students.
NEWS
February 24, 2014
Last week's decision by Baltimore County's PTA Council to ask Superintendent Dallas Dance to delay plans to convert all county high schools to an eight-period schedule is noteworthy for a number of reasons. The changeover has produced such outcry from the schools that currently operate under a seven-period schedule - and county teachers are sufficiently slammed these days with other, unrelated matters of curriculum development and testing - to more than justify a one-year postponement.
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By Liz Bowie and By Liz Bowie | February 21, 2014
Baltimore County's PTA Council voiced opposition this week to the superintendent's decision to change the high school schedules this coming fall, asking that the plan be delayed. Dallas Dance has instituted a uniform schedule saying he wants every student to take eight classes a semester. Most schools will have a rotating schedule of four classes each day. Parents at Hereford High School, where students take just four subjects a semester, have been particularly vocal in their opposition, saying the current schedule is good for students with special needs as well as those who want to move ahead quickly in a subject like math or a foreign language.
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Letter to The Aegis | November 5, 2013
In response to Bryna Zumer's Oct. 30 article in The Aegis regarding the second School Budget Input Session, I would like to provide the entire context of my comments. As you can see from my comments, at no time did I ask for funding for the construction of YBES.  During the past three years, our PTA has been actively involved in advocating for a new facility for YBES, but we have also continued to stay engaged in education issues, in general, including funding and budget issues.
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Susan Reimer | October 28, 2013
Saturday was busy for the members of the Germantown Elementary School PTA. Parents and teachers spent the morning and afternoon shoe-horning cars into every square inch of space around the Annapolis school, handling the overflow parking from nearby Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. Saturday was Homecoming, and the football game drew a sell-out crowd, including lots of fans of Navy's opponent, the University of Pittsburgh. At $20 a car - $45 for a bus or a camper - it was a big payday, too. The PTA parks an average of 575 cars for every home game, but for Homecoming, as well as the Air Force game earlier this season, the number jumps to more than 850. They used to park more than 1,200 cars on Navy football Saturdays, said former PTA treasurer Kevin Chase.
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By Lourdes Sullivan and Lourdes Sullivan,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | September 7, 2001
THERE'S A saying that if you want something done, you should ask a busy person. The idea is that such a person manages time better than anyone else. This is the case with Hammond Hills resident Frank Tesoriero. Seven years ago, when Tesoriero enrolled his son Paul, then 5 years old, in a soccer program, there were not enough coaches to go around. While Tesoriero had never played soccer (he's more the football type), he figured he could teach a passel of preschoolers the basics. Using videos and books, Tesoriero managed to learn enough to be a teacher at soccer clinics for 5-year-olds.
NEWS
By Jonathan D. Rockoff and Jonathan D. Rockoff,SUN STAFF | February 14, 2003
Renae Moore, the president of the Owings Mills Elementary School PTA, was removed from office Wednesday night by the group's executive board as PTA officials continue looking for thousands of dollars in missing money. Moore was removed for "non-performance of duties," including failure to provide all information requested by auditors of the PTA's bank accounts and to update records of the accounts, said Rodger Janssen, vice president for leadership of the PTA Council of Baltimore County.
NEWS
By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | October 2, 2013
Cancellation of the Naval Academy's football game against the Air Force Academy on Saturday due to the federal government shutdown could mean fewer field trips and enrichment programs for some Annapolis school children. The PTA at Germantown Elementary School, located across from Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, expected to make $12,000 on Saturday from parking cars in its lot, said Karma O'Neill, PTA board secretary. The money is shared between Germantown and the nearby Phoenix Center, a school that offers special education and alternative education, O'Neill said.
EXPLORE
July 10, 2013
The Ruff-Ross Educational Fund, Inc. held its annual scholarship banquet on Saturday, June 1 at Fairview AME Church in Forest Hill. The Ruff-Ross Educational Fund Inc. began in 1963 after the Central Consolidated School closed its doors. The Scholarship Committee of the PTA saw a need for a continued program of raising funds to help black youth continue their education.
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