Need Help Building a PA/PTA Website?
January 16, 2018
Is your PA/PTA interested in creating a website but doesn't have a parent able to take on the project? You can get professional, free assistance through Taproot+ — a program of the Taproot Foundation. Taproot+ is an online matchmaking platform that connects nonprofits with professionals skilled in information technology (as well as marketing, IT, HR, business strategy, and finance) who share their expertise pro bono. If your PA/PTA would like to be paired with a Taproot+ skilled volunteer, or would like more information, we’ll connect you with Taproot+. Just send us an email at [email protected], including “website” in the subject heading, and let us know your needs.
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
Read our latest newsletter.
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.
Getting a Jump Start on the High School Admissions Process
July 6, 2017
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
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.