PA/PTA operations during the Covid-19 crisis
May 11, 2020
On May 8, 2020, the Office of Family and Community Empowerment (FACE) issued new guidelines for PA/PTA activity.
How NYC PA/PTAs Have Spent Their Funds
December 13, 2019
The New York City Independent Budget Office recently released a report titled “How did the city’s public schools use their nearly $13 million in Parent-Teacher Association Grants in school year 2017-2018?." Read the Staten Island Advance's piece.
Thinking about creating a PA/PTA Facebook group?
December 13, 2019
Here's a sample PA/PTA Facebook policy that you can adapt to suit your PA/PTA prepared with help from nonprofit and intellectual properly law attorneys.
Parents Bill Of Rights
December 8, 2019
Parents have asked recently about their rights within their school communities. The DOE has a Parents' Bill of Rights which PA/PTAs can share with their parent members.
Does Your PA/PTA Executive Board Have 3 Mandatory Members?
December 8, 2019
If your PA/PTA board does not have a president, treasurer, and recording secretary, it needs to hold an expedited election. If there are other vacancies, check with your bylaws to see how they should be filled. The Elections page outlines what needs to happen.
Addressing Disparities in PA/PTA Fundraising
December 2, 2019
Chalkbeat's piece on how some Manhattan parents are looking for solutions to PTA fundraising inequities.
Changes to School Diversity Planning
June 12, 2019
Mayor de Blasio and Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza announced that the city will adopt the vast majoirty of the preliminary recommendations made by the School Diversity Advisory Group (SDAG). Included is a provision on PA/PTA equity.
NYC Healthy School Food Alliance
February 4, 2019
A new parent-led, grassroots advocacy group working for holistic school food reform, including scratch-cooked meals, nutrition education, school gardens, and longer lunch and recess times has been making news. Read about them in this recent Daily News piece.
The DOE will have a new Deputy Chancellor
August 10, 2018
Chancellor Carranza has hired Hydra Mendoza, a former colleague from San Francisco, to fill the newly created role of deputy chancellor of community empowerment, partnerships, and communications. She will oversee the Office of Family and Community Empowerment (FACE).
February 3, 2018
If your PA/PTA is wondering what it means to become incorporated or obtain tax-exempt status, take a look at this section of the website.
Learn how your PA/PTA can receive free legal assistance to help with either process, or another legal issue, through New York Lawyer's for the Public Interest's Pro Bono Clearinghouse.
New York City Public School System Will Get a New Leader
December 22, 2017
Carmen Farina is stepping down at Chancellor of NYC public schools.
"Hidden Money The Outsized Role of Parent Contributions in School Finance"
December 15, 2017
This report by the Center for American Progress discusses the impact PTA-supported school funding, particularly what it means for disadvantaged students.
ioby bog: Fundraising if you're not a 501(c)(3)
November 28, 2017
Read ioby's piece on how organizations that are not 501(c)(3)s can raise funds through crowdfunding.
November 20, 2017
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Fundraising Ideas from the author of "Beyond the Bake Sale"
September 11, 2017
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
August 30, 2017
Read about the highlights and takeaways from the latest Chancellor's Parent Advisory Council (CPAC) meeting.
New PA/PTA Bylaws Template
April 25, 2017
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"
April 23, 2017
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"
April 8, 2017
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
March 6, 2017
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.