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What is the difference between PTA and MBEF

The PTA is an association of parents and teacher volunteers.  MBEF is an independent foundation.  MBEF and PTAs are vital partners in supporting the success of MBUSD. MBEF and PTAs collaborate closely to provide a quality K-12 education for all children in our District. MBEF uses its resources primarily to pay for teachers, and the PTAs pay for material resources at each school. While we can thank MBEF for our librarians, PTA pays for library books.  Similarly, MBEF pays for science specialists to teach hands-on science, while the PTAs pay for supplies for the science lab.

PTA presidents from each school sit on the MBEF Board to provide input on MBEF decision-making. Additionally, each school’s PTA has its own board that raises and spends funds to pay for campus-specific items, such as technology, school supplies, and classroom materials. 

Lastly, each PTA is accountable to its own school, while MBEF provides a K-12 perspective and ensures that every elementary school in our District offers the same programs and quality of education at each grade level.