PTA’s have the ability to create great change in their neighborhood schools, such as mentoring students, assisting teachers in the classroom, helping to raise funds for goals established by the membership. All of these things, along with many others not listed here, position PTA as an important member of the community and brings along a high level of expectation and transparency.
Georgia PTA has governing documents that direct and focus the work of the Georgia PTA board of directors as well as the local PTAs and councils. The Georgia PTA Bylaws are reviewed and amended at the Georgia PTA annual convention. The state bylaws conform to the National PTA Bylaws and create a foundation for all PTAs and leaders in the state to follow. Each local PTA and council adopts its own standing rules that cover other guidelines and processes. The Georgia PTA policies complement the bylaws and give further details on how to accomplish those things required in the bylaws. The Georgia PTA Standards of Affiliation Agreement requirements are in place to ensure local PTAs and councils align with Georgia PTA’s ethics, policies, and principles; maintain good business practices; and comply with applicable federal and state laws. Effective, well-run PTAs and councils are vital to fulfilling PTA’s purpose and mission.
Our governing documents – Bylaws, Standing Rules and Policies – create the framework that allows PTAs to protect the rights of the its members while still providing new and exciting opportunities for our students, educators and families.
Bylaws are the rules and regulations enacted by an association to provide a framework for its operation and management. The provide an outline of our basic purposes, a structure for the governance of the association, and a description of the rights and responsibilities of membership. By their affiliation with National PTA and Georgia PTA, all local PTAs/PTSAs and councils are required to abide by and conform to those bylaws.