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New National PTA president wants to move beyond bake sales

LA School Report | July 17, 2015

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seattle-times-logo11By Caitlin Moran

These days, parent-teacher associations are about more than bake sales and art projects.

Individual regions and councils tackle concerns that range from cyber-bullying to achievement gaps and from the importance of early reading skills to including families that speak a language other than English at home.

Laura Bay says she’s ready to take on all of those issues in her new role as president of National PTA, the largest volunteer child advocacy organization in the country. Bay, who lives in Poulsbo, first got involved in the PTA in the early 1990s when her oldest son, Andrew, started kindergarten at Bremerton’s View Ridge Elementary School.

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