Can the PTSA fund teacher salaries?

Generally, the PTSA does not fund the salaries of Portland Public School teachers, administration and staff.  Portland Public Schools has a separate fundraising organization — the PPS Foundation — that is used to augment state funding of school district employees.  Every Portland Public School has an account with the Foundation.

On rare occasions, particularly during times of budget shortfalls, PTSA has made grants to the SES account with the Foundation to help fund gaps in PPS staffing.

In the past, the SES community has not undertaken a significant fundraising effort to raise funds for the Foundation account. We expect that to change this year. PTSA has included a separate line for Foundation donations to help jump start a new fundraising effort for SES’ account with the PPS Foundation.

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