How PTA Takes Positions On Issues
PTA is a 501c3 organization, and as such, may take positions on issues and not candidates. Taking positions on candidates would jeopardize our tax-exempt status.
We are also a non-partisan, non-sectarian, and non-commercial organization.
To boil it down- the National PTA takes positions on federal issues, the State PTA takes positions on state issues, the District PTA takes positions on issues affecting the entire district, and Unit PTAs (school sites) may take positions on issues that affect their direct community. If your PTA would like to make a recommendation on positions of the larger organization, follow the guidance below.
Taking positionsCheck to see if the California State PTA already has taken a position regarding your concern or a closely-related issue (Where We Stand 4.4, 4.5, 4.6, 130-212).
If there is no prior position on record, the next step is to make a study (How to Make a Study 7.4.2, 268). Your council or district PTA can provide assistance.
Present the results of the study to your membership. They may vote to accept the recommendations of the study and to forward them through channels (unit to council [if in council], council to district PTA) to the California State PTA. Background information and recommendations will be reviewed at each level before a vote is taken to forward the study to the next level. The unit, council and district PTA should report to each other on any action taken.
Do not become discouraged if at any level the study is returned. Consider any recommendations, rework the study and resubmit it through channels. Remember, elected officials typically have to amend a bill many times before it receives enough votes to pass.
If the study is rejected by the district PTA or is returned with no recommendation, and if the unit still has strong concerns about the issue, the unit may forward all background information and recommendations to the district PTA president, who must forward it to the California State PTA.
When the study and recommendations reach the California State PTA Board of Managers, they will be referred to the commission or committee responsible for the subject matter. This commission or committee may accept or reject the recommendations and may prepare a position statement or resolution to present to the California State PTA Board of Managers for final action. Any action taken by the California State PTA will be reported to the local unit.
If the California State PTA Board of Managers cannot take action on the study and recommendations because there is no authority for action, the local unit may decide to prepare and submit a resolution for consideration by delegates to the annual convention in accordance with the procedure and timeline described in the Convention Resolution Process (Convention Resolution Process 2.9, 66).