Running a PA/PTA

Each public school in NYC is required to have a PA/PTA, a parent-led organization. PA/PTAs are made up of an executive board, general members, and committees. They are governed by multiple regulations and policies; for those that decide to incorporate and become 501(c)(3) organizations, there even more requirements.

Among other responsibilities, PA/PTA executive boards must hold elections, prepare financial reports, organize meetings and serve as the voice of the entire parent community on school-based and district-wide leadership bodies. Parent members also play a critical role in the success of a PA/PTA.