Parent Associations

What are Parent Associations?

Parent Associations (PAs) are the main way for parents to get involved in their children’s schools. Parent Associations are school-based organizations open to all parents, foster parents, and legally appointed guardians of children currently attending a New York City public school. 
If a PA decides to include teachers, parent members can elect to become a Parent-Teacher Association (PTA).

Parent Associations (PAs) are the main way for parents to get involved in their children’s schools. Parent Associations are school-based organizations open to all parents, foster parents, and legally appointed guardians of children currently attending a New York City public school. If a PA decides to include teachers, parent members can elect to become a Parent-Teacher Association (PTA).

Every PA/PTA should be representative of the parents within its school. This includes parents of special education students and English language learners, as well as students who are eligible for Title I, gifted and talented services, and magnet programs.

PA/PTAs’ roles in schools:
The PA/PTA helps parents become involved in their children’s education, share ideas, and enrich their school communities. While the specific roles of PA/PTAs vary, among their responsibilities are electing parent members to serve on School Leadership Teams and Community Education Councils, conducting outreach to get other parents involved in school life, and supporting school activities like Parent-Teacher Conferences, open houses, curriculum nights and District Family Day events. Each PA develops its own bylaws, elects officers, and holds regular meetings.

How do I join my school’s PA/PTA?
All parents are automatically members of their school’s PA/PTA. 

PA/PTA Bylaws

The PA/PTA Bylaws Template 
Bylaws must be reviewed every 3 years and whenever CR A- 660 is revised. 
The PA Bylaws Template is in compliance with CR A-660.
OFIA recommends that PAs adopt this template. Any and all amendments or alterations to these templates must comply with CR A-660.