Parent and Parent-Teacher Associations

All schools are required to have either a:

  • Parent Association (PA)
  • Parent Teacher Association (PTA)

These organizations:

  • advocate for students and families
  • update parents and families about the school
  • plan and run activities for parents and families

PA/PTAs can support schools in several ways, including:

  • hosting parent workshops
  • organizing activities for families—both academic and social
  • raising funds
  • running volunteer events
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All of the following are automatically members of their school’s PA/PTA:

  • Parents
  • Step-parents
  • Legally appointed guardians
  • Foster parents 
  • Persons in parental relation


Officers of a PA/PTA are responsible for the PA/PTA budget, events, and activities. Officers are elected by the membership annually.
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PA/PTA Elections must be held in the spring. At that time, the three mandatory officers (president, recording secretary, and treasurer) are elected. This must happen before the last day of school. The election rules are specified in Chancellor’s Regulation A-660. They are also specified in the PA/PTA bylaws.


All PA/PTAs must hold at least:

  • Ten monthly general membership meetings
  • Ten executive board meetings  throughout the year
  • Quarterly meetings with the principal
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Members must receive a minimum of 10 calendar days’ notice before the monthly meeting. This notice must include:

  • The date, time, place that the meeting will be held
  • An agenda items that will be discussed

PA/PTA Bylaws

PA/PTA Bylaws are a set of rules adopted by members of the association. These rules govern the day-to-day affairs of the PA/PTA.

All bylaws must follow Chancellor’s Regulation A-660.

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A PA/PTA is responsible for its own finances, and must obey certain rules and guidelines about banking, fundraising, and record-keeping. Any association that does fundraising must have a bank account in order to conduct transactions with vendors. Proper record keeping practices must be used by members of the executive board to give an accurate accounting of the association’s finances.

Parent Leader Times

Parent Leader Times is a quarterly newsletter for parents in leadership roles in their school, district, or in the City.

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For more information about running your PA or PTA.

Presidents’ Council

Presidents’ Council is an organization of PA/PTA presidents (or designees) that represents the interests of parents within the respective district. Each community school district is required to have a Presidents’ Council. Each borough is required to have a Presidents’ Council for its high schools.

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Chancellor’s Parent Advisory Council (CPAC)

CPAC is made up of Presidents’ Council presidents. CPAC meets with the Chancellor and other divisions monthly so they can share information to better support their constituents and be prepared in their advisory role to the Chancellor. CPAC members are PA/PTA members, SLT members, and DLT members. CPAC meetings are open to the public