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parent–teacher association Syllabification: par·ent–teach·er as·so·ci·a·tion
(abbreviation: PTA)

Definition of parent–teacher association in English:


1A national organization devoted to furthering the safety and interests of children.
1.1A local organization of parents and teachers for promoting closer relations and improving educational facilities at a school.
Example sentences
  • The solution, says the County Joint Committee, is to invite local councils, parent-teacher associations or organisations like the scouts to organise supervision.
  • But would it be reasonable to report the head teacher's salary, the amount raised by the parent-teacher association last year and the average length of service of staff?
  • The proposed shake-up could provoke a power struggle between Scotland's school boards and parent-teacher associations, with parents caught in the middle.

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