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Governing Documents

Bylaws

Bylaws define the primary characteristics of the association, prescribe how the association functions, and include all of the governing details that the association considers important to the rights and responsibilities of the membership. 

According to the Local PTA Bylaws Template (last approved on August of 2015), all PTAs must review and submit their bylaws (and standing rules, if applicable) to Texas PTA every five (5) years.

Because PTAs are organized and chartered by Texas PTA and authorized by National PTA, certain bylaws language is required. The Local PTA Bylaws Template and Council PTA Bylaws Template include this uniform language. Any changes to these templates, as authorized by the Board of Directors of Texas PTA and National PTA, do not require the approval of Local/Council PTA membership and are incorporated into all PTA bylaws on the designated effected date. These templates allow for customization of your bylaws in certain areas.

Reviewing Your Bylaws

Amending Your Bylaws

  • If after your PTA’s review is complete and amendments are necessary, you must follow these guidelines.
  • General membership must be notified of the specific amendments 30 days prior to the meeting at which the bylaws will be voted upon.
  • General membership must vote on and approve the amendments by a 2/3 vote in the affirmative.
  • The general membership meeting’s minutes should include exact wording of proposed amendments.
  • After the membership has approved the amendments, complete the Bylaws and Standing Rules Submission Form or the Council Bylaws Submission Form if your are a Council.
  • The approved bylaws and/or standing rules amendments and/or standing rules are not effective until your PTA receives a stamped, approved copy signed by the Texas PTA President.

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Standing Rules

Standing rules contain details about the day-to-day operations of a PTA. These rules have no mandatory wording and contain content dictated by your PTA’s specific needs. For PTAs who want to adopt new or amend existing standing rules, Texas PTA has provided Sample Standing Rules to assist you.

Adopting (new) or Amending (existing) Standing Rules

  • Form a committee of experienced and knowledgeable members who understand the inner-workings of your PTA
  • Provide each committee member with a copy of the current bylaws and standing rules.  It’s important to review both documents together to ensure that no conflicts are created with any new proposals. Request a copy of the Bylaws and Standing Rules Texas PTA currently has on file for your PTA. 
  • If no standing rules currently exist, view the . Specific guidelines are provided for PTA Projects and Events, such as Project Graduation, and Scholarship Programs . Consider recommendations submitted by the executive board or membership to see whether:
    • they meet the needs of the Local PTA;
    • their intent is clear;
    • they are not in conflict with nor repeat any item in the bylaws; and
    • they follow Texas PTA procedures and guidelines.
  • If your PTA chooses to recommend new standing rules or amendments to existing standing rules, general membership must vote on and approve the amendments by a majority vote in the affirmative.
  • The general membership meeting’s minutes should include exact wording of proposed amendments.
  • After the membership has approved the amendments, complete the Bylaws and Standing Rules Submission Form.
  • The approved bylaws and/or standing rules amendments and/or standing rules are not effective until your PTA receives a stamped, approved copy signed by the Texas PTA President.
  • With proper notice, new standing rules and amendments to existing standing rules may be adopted with a majority vote in the affirmative.

Submission Process Webinar
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Policies

Adopted by the Texas PTA Board of Directors, our policies assist in the governance of all PTAs.

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