New on PTAlink

Interested in building a website for your PA/PTA? Want tips from other parent leaders who've been through the process? Read our new article, "How to Build a PA/PTA Website."

Participatory Budgeting Has Begun

Participatory Budgeting (PB) is a democratic process that allows community members to decide how certain public funds are spent. 

Schools have taken advantage of the opportunity since the process started in NYC and have raised money for specific projects. You can learn more about PB and find out whether the City Council member where your school is located is involved from the City Council's website.  

Fundraising Ideas from the author of "Beyond the Bake Sale"

This piece on PTOToday profiles Beyond the Bake Sale: The Ultimate School Fundraising Book author Jean Joachim, and offers fundraising ideas from the book.

Highlights from CPAC's August Meeting

Read about the highlights and takeaways from the latest Chancellor's Parent Advisory Council (CPAC) meeting.

Getting a Jump Start on the High School Admissions Process

Visit the DOE's high school admissions website to download copies of the NYC High School Directory and Specialized High Schools Student Handbook (both available in 10 languages) and to get more information. Copies of the Directory and Handbook are also available at Family Welcome Centers

New PA/PTA Bylaws Template

The DOE recently issued its updated PA/PTA Bylaws Template. If your PA/PTA does not have bylaws or needs to revise theirs, the template is a good place to start. It's also available in other languages on the DOE's website.

NY Times: "A PTA Gift For Someone Else's Child? A Touchy Subject in CA"

Several years, the Santa Monica-Malibu school board came up with a solution to PTA inequality: pooling the gains from PTA fundraising across the district and distributing the funds equally among all schools. But not all parents are pleased with the plan.

NY Times: "Anger of Principal Prompts Parents to Occupy an East Harlem School Over Night"

Conflict between parents and the principal at an East Harlem school has escalated to the point where some parents said they would remain overnight at the school until the principal resigned.

Chancellor's Regulation A-660 has been revised

PA/PTA leaders should review the new CR A-660 to make sure they understand their PA/PTA's rights and the organization's practices are in compliance. The PDF contains a summary of the changes.