President: Emily Vincent
Vice President: Mary Kadera
VP for Special Projects: Katherine Novello
VP for Policy: Claire Noakes
Treasurer: Kendra Anderson
Secretary: Mike O’Leary
(Address given at August 10, 2020 CCPTA General Membership meeting)
I’m Emily Vincent, President of the CCPTA. I have a rising 3rd grader and rising 1st grader at Randolph Elementary School and a preschooler. I have been involved in the CCPTA for three years, previously as the Chair of the CPCI grant committee and as the VP for Communications. This coming school year is going to be one of the most challenging of our lives and I am looking forward to working with each of you to ensure our focus on advocating for the education and well-being of our students.
I’d like the rest of the CCPTA’s leadership team to introduce themselves. […]
Thank you. I’d like to say more about the role of the CCPTA and PTAs in our schools and our community. Those of you who know me already know that educational equity is something I don’t stop talking about. The CCPTA and our PTAs play a central role in promoting equity in Arlington’s schools. [SLIDE]
– Our PTAs can contribute to the growing awareness of the economic segregation in our schools, which leads to additional layers of inequity when PTAs experience vast differences in funding levels, which are directly connected to the access and opportunity students are given by those with higher funding levels. [SLIDE]
– In a county of close to 28,000 students, over 8,000 qualify for free and reduced meals – 29% of the student body. Across Arlington, this ranges from schools with 2% FARM rates up to 81%. [SLIDE]
– This matters because in a recent survey of PTA budgets, elementary school spending ranged from $20,000 to $200,000, for a total of over $2 million spent by PTAs to supplement the access and experiences of students and staff at their schools. [SLIDE]
– This trend is likely to continue unless we take steps to change it. When our fundraising efforts are so disparate that they add layers of inequity to our community, we have to rethink our role.
– With leadership from Dr. Duran about the importance of supporting families, there may be new opportunities for PTAs to help meet those needs in coordination with each school’s administrators and staff.
– The CCPTA is interested in ensuring that every APS student has the same access to information and opportunity, regardless of their circumstances. We hope each of you will join us in this effort.