PARENT TEACHER ASSOCIATION (PTA)

FIRST PARENT TEACHER ASSOCIATION MEETING SEPTEMBER 25, 2019 @ MOTT HALL 6:00PM

Get Involved Make A Difference:

One of the best ways to get involved at the Mott Hall School is to volunteer for the PTA (Parent Teacher Association) and or the SLT (School Leadership Committee). The PTA, SLT and its sub-committees need your input.

A special welcome to our incoming 2019-2020 Parent Teacher Association Executive Board:

  • Chiaki Torisu-PTA President
  • Abigail Camacho- PTA Secretary
  • Nataly Benenson- PTA Treasurer

The general meetings of the PTA are every third Wednesday of the month 

Chancellor's Regulation A-660  https://www.schools.nyc.gov/docs/default-source/default-document-library/a-660-english

All of our schools are required to have either a:

  • Parent Association (PA) 
  • Parent Teacher Association (PTA)

These organizations:

  • advocate for students and families
  • update parents and families about the school
  • plan and run activities for parents and families

PA/PTAs can support schools in a number of ways, including: 

  • hosting parent workshops
  • organizing activities for families—both academic and social
  • raising funds
  • running volunteer events

Members

All of the following are automatically members of their school’s PA/PTA:

  • Parents
  • Step-parents
  • Legally appointed guardians
  • Foster parents 
  • Persons in parental relation

Officers

Officers of a PA/PTA are responsible for the PA/PTA budget, events and activities. Officers are elected by membership annually.

Elections

PA/PTA Elections must be held in the spring. At that time, the three mandatory officers (president, recording secretary and treasurer) are elected. This must happen before the last day of school. The election rules are specified in Chancellor's Regulation A-660.

They are also specified in the PA/PTA bylaws, which you can find in the https://www.schools.nyc.gov/school-life/get-involved/parent-associations

View Documents for Elections

Visit the https://www.schools.nyc.gov/school-life/get-involved/parent-associationsfor all election materials, including the Guide for information about running the PA/PTA election at your school.

Grievances

Any complaint about a PA/PTA election is known as a grievance. It must:

  • Be submitted in writing (email address—or Identifying Whom). 
  • Focus on a specific and material violation of either the:
    • Chancellor's Regulation A-660 
    • the PA/PTA bylaws

Verbal or anonymous grievances cannot be considered. 

Meetings

All PA/PTAs must hold at least:

  • Ten monthly general membership meetings 
  • Ten executive board meetings  throughout the year
  • Quarterly meetings with the principal

Notification

Members must receive a minimum of 10 calendar days’ notice before the monthly meeting. This notice must include:

  • The date, time, place that the meeting will be held
  • An agenda items that will be discussed

See the https://www.schools.nyc.gov/school-life/get-involved/parent-associations for all meeting materials.

PA/PTA Bylaws

PA/PTA Bylaws are a set of rules adopted by members of the association. These rules govern the day-to-day affairs of the PA/PTA. A template for these bylaws is available as both a fill-in PDF and as a Word Doc are available in the https://www.schools.nyc.gov/school-life/get-involved/parent-associations

All bylaws must follow Chancellor's Regulation A-660. Any and all changes to the template must also follow that regulation.

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Finances

A PA/PTA is responsible for its own finances, and must obey certain rules and guidelines about banking, fundraising, and record-keeping. Any association that does fundraising must have a bank account in order to conduct transactions with vendors. Proper record keeping practices must be used by members of the executive board to give an accurate accounting of the association's finances.

See the https://www.schools.nyc.gov/school-life/get-involved/parent-associations  for all financial reporting materials.

Parent Leader Times

Parent Leader Times is a quarterly newsletter for parents in leadership roles in their school, district, or in the City. https://www.schools.nyc.gov/school-life/get-involved/parent-associations).

PTAlink

For more information about running your PA or PTA see 

Presidents’ Council

Presidents’ Council is an organization of PA/PTA presidents (or designees) that represents the interests of parents within the respective district. Each community school district is required to have a Presidents' Council. Each borough is required to have a Presidents' Council for its high schools. Citywide Special Education (District 75) has a citywide Presidents' Council.

Chancellor’s Parent Advisory Council (CPAC)

CPAC is made up of Presidents' Council presidents. CPAC meets with the Chancellor and other divisions monthly so they can share information to better support their constituents and be prepared in their advisory role to the Chancellor. CPAC members are PA/PTA members, SLT members and DLT members. CPAC meetings are open to the public.