Can anyone tell me what the rules and regulations are for District 75 PTA's. It seems the PTA Exec Board of the school my child goes to makes their own rules as they go along with no voting from the parents. It is not a democracy. Thank you.
Go to your state's PTA website and find the bylaws which govern all the units. You should also be able to ask your board for a copy of the standing rules of your unit, but most likely these aren't up to date.
This can be a delicate situation in the school, so I would approach it carefully. I'm aways in favor of a nice polite conversation before going over someone's head. You should be able to contact the President and ask about how things are done. I'd start the conversation by requesting a copy of the Standing Rules.15345
Ours is the same but the last school my kids attended there were procedures and protocol and voting for officers. Here it is like a high school clique run by the Principal to benefit her staff with a little trickling down to the kids. Playground money was diverted for years to other projects until this year. Book fairs do not even issue receipts and so on. By talking to other moms and getting the scoop, asking carefully worded questions, and increasing awareness, you can put subtle pressure without getting yourself ostracized or attacked. If you raise enough issues and awareness then other parents will get involved and you change things a little. I am still struggling with the biggies though, not enough sinks.15343
It is difficult to change anything without making waves. I think you have to get involved first and even that can be hard. As far as change or rules, what I heard was "we are just volunteers" excuse. They would get a lot more financial support if they were more professional. But that may not be their top priority. BTW, there are two types of organizations PTOs and PTAs. They differ by whether they pay dues and affiliate with the National organiztion. Both have websites.15342
The Office for Family Engagement are the primary contact when You have problems within district 75 They do need to follow the A-660: http://docs.nycenet.edu/docushare/dsweb/Get/Document-31/A-660.pdf Here's a helpful link: http://schools.nyc.gov/Offices/District75/default.htm Please let me know if you need further information. 15341
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