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DPSCD Families/Teachers Gain a New Resource to Advocate/Collaborate For Students

Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD) announced the reinstatement of Parent Teacher Associations (PTA) districtwide. This initiative will ensure families and students are empowered and engaged while the district works to rebuild and restore successful outcomes for all students.

“As a district, we cannot improve without the direct engagement of our teachers and parents,” said Superintendent Dr. Nikolai Vitti. “Reinstating PTAs is a part of the district’s overall strategy to create an inclusive vision of reform at scale. The establishment of PTAs at each school will create a clear strategy to ensure teachers and parents are working closer together to advocate for our schools and children.”

Designating the PTA as the primary parent organization provides the district with a national, uniform, and well-resourced platform for parents and teachers to work together for the benefit of students. The Office of Family and Community Engagement expects to increase the level of involvment of its parents, families, teachers, and community members through the establishment of the PTA.

Sharlonda Buckman, Senior Executive Director of Family and Community Engagement, will support schools and stakeholders in building the structures for the initiative. “The PTA is a nationally respected vehicle for our teachers and parents to work together to improve our students’ academic performance through a network of programming and resources,” said Buckman.

Those interested in more information about PTA organizations should contact Sharlonda Buckman, Senior Executive Director of Family and Community Engagement at (313) 873-7490 or

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