Power PTA

From the New York Times, this article about the high-powered tactics of upper-middle class parents investing their energies into the PTA. From the article:

With many members who stepped out of high-profile careers to become stay-at-home parents, traditional parent-teacher associations (and the similar parent-teacher organizations, or PTOs) have evolved into sophisticated multitiered organizations bearing little resemblance to the mom-and-pop groups that ran bake sales a generation ago.

Are there any good reasons for all of this energy, beyond the parents’ propensity to demonstrate that they can wield such power in whatever setting they find themselves?

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