The Washington State PTSA, at this weekend's convention, took up a resolution on local units paying for teachers/staff. (Note; the resolution is about two-thirds of the way down the document.) They are advocating for PTSAs to NOT pay for teachers/staff.Basically, they state:
- it's the state's duty to pay for basic education. PTAs supporting staff make it that much easier for the state AND their district to not have to step up and do their duty.
- they point out the risks including inequities between students, making the school/district look more stable than it may be,skew student data and place tremendous pressure on the parents to raise money every year
- they advocate for PTSAs to fund education experiences and programs, not staff.
How did it turn out at the Convention?
In other convention news, Friday night’s general session went longer than expected as delegates debated the merits of a resolution and 19 proposed amendments to the WSPTA Uniform Bylaws. Following a vigorous debate, the proposed resolution regarding PTAs paying for school staff was returned to the Resolutions Committee for further consideration.
So it got kicked back to a committee? Must have been a tough discussion.
I had occasion to talk with a SCPTSA Board member about this issue and told her that this blog always gets A LOT of discussion around this issue.
What is PTA for?
Does your PTA control its funds (meaning, does the principal direct your funds in any way)?
Do parents weigh in on what to use funds for?
Does your PTA spend more of its money on "educational experiences and programs"?
Is there disagreement within your PTA on this issue?