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Why should I join both?
While the PTA and MBEF work together to provide quality education to our students, they function in very different ways. The PTA provides materials, programs, and funds for its own school site. That is why there will be variations across the District as each Executive Board determines the needs of its specific campus. Pacific PTA spends $415 per child per year for technology enhancements, curriculum enrichment, assemblies, student organizations, field trips, artists in residence programs, Makerspace and much more.
MBEF provides funding across the District to ensure that each site is receiving a quality education. PTA cannot pay for additional teachers or staff, though they can provide material support for that teacher or staff member. MBEF can and does provide funding for additional teachers and staff such a librarians and science specialists. Because MBEF has a long history of providing a consistent funding stream to our District, it is the only parent organization that LA County permits to supplement pay for teachers. Our campuses and our children's education would look very different if we did not have families supporting BOTH organizations.