National education advocate Otha Thornton: Educating and policing our children

In June 2015, Otha Thornton finished his term as the first Black man to head the National PTA. He put forth programs to improve parent-teacher interactions and to get fathers more involved in their children’s academic life. With the recent outrage over a black female student brutalized by a school resource officer in South Carolina, we asked […]

A talk with the president of the National PTA, Otha E. Thornton

Otha Thornton is a trailblazer in American education. He is the first black man ever elected to hold the position of president in the more than 100 year history of the organization. Rolling out spoke with Thornton about education issues and the role of the National PTA. What are the biggest challenges facing local schools that […]