PTA and the CA State Budget Crisis
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PTA and the CA State Budget Crisis Before approving proposals for material aid to the school or community, a PTA should consider whether or not the proposed equipment or service is a public responsibility. Public education is a public responsibility. PTA provides a greater service by working to secure adequate funding for programs that have a more lasting benefit than purchasing equipment for schools. PTAs should not contribute to the problem of inequities within a school district by excessive fundraising. July 2004 California State PTA Treasurer Public Education is a public responsibility 4.5.18 The California State PTA recognized that excellence in education will cost money. All levels of government, local, state and federal, must share in providing adequate funding for our schools. PTA provides a greater service by working to secure adequate funding for programs that have a more lasting benefit…. Opposition to Prop 76 Fight to retain Prop 98 Convention resolutions Full funding of idea Simple majority to pass a budget Mission of the PTA California State PTA Core Values PTA Toolkit PTAs should not contribute to the problem of inequities within a school district by excessive fund-raising PTA Toolkit 5.8 Financing Programs or Purchases 5.8.1 Gift to Schools 5.8.4 PTA and Education Foundations 5.9 Fundraising for PTAs 5.2.4 Approving a Budget 5.8 Financing Programs or Purchases A PTA may elect to organize or support educational programs subject to National PTA guidelines. …All projects and programs must be voted on by the current year’s membership 5.8.1 Gift to Schools Read in it entirety Follow all guidelines PTA members must approve the expenditure of all funds Since PTA membership is new each year, funds cannot be committed from one year to the next 5.8.1 Gifts to Schools (continued) Should benefit the largest number of students possible Accepted by the school board Field trips, teacher aide or special instructor, funds should go directly to school district. 5.8.1 Gifts to Schools (continued) Equipment must meet district standards and may be required to be purchased through the school district. No personal gifts, teachers’ lounges or principal office purchases. Fiduciary agreement 5.9 Fundraising for PTAs The fundraising project must support the goals of PTA and be related to the educational, charitable and philanthropic purposes… 3-1 Rule 5.2.4 Approving the Budget The PTA shall not assume any financial obligation in any one term of office that will be carried over into the succeeding term.