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Curtner Elementary PTA was organized on January 11, 1995

a California 501(c)3 Non-Profit Organization

Report: The Positive Relationship Between Family Involvement and Student Success

In the 2002 research review A New Wave of Evidence: The Impact of School, Family, and Community Connections on Student Achievement, Anne T. Henderson and Karen L. Mapp conclude that there is a positive and convincing relationship between family involvement and student success, regardless of race/ethnicity, class, or parents’ level of education. To put it another way, when families are involved in their children’s learning both at home and at school, their children do better in school. The report also points to specific types of involvement as being especially beneficial to children’s academic success.

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ABOUT US

Our Mission

To enrich the school experience by welcoming, supporting, and engaging parents and teachers through parent involvement and financial support. We are our community's ambassadors.

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We Are...

The PTA (Parent Teacher Association) is made up entirely of volunteer parents and teachers who care about our children’s well being and their future.

Our PTA makes many programs possible that otherwise would not exist. It strives to provide Curtner students with the best school experience possible, and is extremely grateful for the support it receives from the community.

At its heart, the PTA is a children's advocacy organization, speaking and standing up for children's rights and those of their families. The PTA is the largest children's advocacy group in the nation, with millions of members.

Curtner Elementary PTA is nothing without its members!

A Great Tradition Since Founded in 1897

The National Parent Teacher Association (National PTA®) has worked toward bettering the lives of every child in education, health and safety.

Founded in 1897 as the National Congress of Mothers by Alice McLellan Birney and Phoebe Apperson Hearst, National PTA is a powerful voice for all children, a relevant resource for families and communities, and a strong advocate for public education.

Today’s PTA is a network of millions of families, students, teachers, administrators, and business and community leaders devoted to the educational success of children and the promotion of family engagement in schools.

Legacy

Alice McLellan Birney and Phoebe Apperson Hearst founded the organization when women did not have the right to vote and social activism was not popular. However, they believed mothers would support their mission to eliminate threats that endangered children, and in early 1897, they started a nationwide campaign.

On Feb., 17, 1897, more than 2,000 people—mostly mothers, but also fathers, teachers, laborers and legislators—attended the first convocation of the National Congress of Mothers in Washington, D.C. Twenty years later, 37 chartered state congresses existed.

In 1970, the National Congress of Parents and Teachers (National PTA) and the National Congress of Colored Parents and Teachers (NCCPT)—founded by Selena Sloan Butler in Atlanta, Ga.—merged to serve all children.

As the largest volunteer child advocacy organization in the nation, National PTA is the conscience of the country for children and youth issues. Through advocacy, as well as family and community education, National PTA has established programs and called for legislation that improves our children’s lives, such as:

    • Creation of Kindergarten classes

    • Child labor laws

    • Public health service

    • Hot and healthy lunch programs

    • Juvenile justice system

    • Mandatory immunization

    • Arts in Education

    • School Safety

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A Top Performing School

MUSD (Milpitas Unified School District) is a high achieving school district in California, and Curtner Elementary is one of its finest schools. The students, teachers, administrators, and staff are great! The parents aren't so bad either.

We are very fortunate to be part of the Curtner Family!

Go to California School Dashboard and learn more about Curtner Elementary School's performance.

A Big Reason For Our School’s Success

Every year PTA elects leaders from its membership, creates a budget, allocates resources, raises and deploys funds for the benefit of all Curtner students, their families, teachers, school and community.

PTA makes many programs possible that otherwise would not exist. It strives to provide Curtner students with the best school experience possible, and is extremely grateful for the support it receives from the community.

Our Unique Challenges

Once upon a time, California’s public schools were fully funded, top performing schools, in the top 5 nationwide and a role model of the education system in the U.S. There were no school fundraising programs because there was no need for them.

Not so long ago, according to The California Budget and Policy Center, “in 2015-16, California ranked 41st among all states in spending per K-12 student after adjusting for differences in the cost of living in each state… California schools spent $10,291 per K-12 student in 2015-16, which is about $1,900 less than the $12,252 per student spent by the nation as a whole… California’s spending per student in 2015-16 was about $2,000 higher than it had been in 2012-13, at which point California ranked 50th in the nation.”

Now, Curtner PTA works hard to overcome these challenges as best we can and fill-in the gaps.

National PTA Founders

Alice Mclellan Birney

Phoebe Apperson Hearst

Selena Sloan Butler