Due to the public health crisis, a lot of decisions are still being made on how and when to open up schools across the state. The fate of the 2020-2021 school year is a hot button issue right now – one that is inciting many different opinions across the board. As a nationwide brand, PTA is seen as having its finger on the pulse of American families. We are the go-to when the media wants to know how parents are feeling with all this upheaval. As we move further into the school year and approach the next legislative session in January, PTAs will receive more invitations to comment on issues or participate in forums.
PTA in Texas has always been a major advocate for students and schools. And the Texas PTA Board of Directors will always encourage our PTAs to be a voice for their students in local matters. But there are a few important policies and tips to keep in mind:
1. Texas PTA and each Local and Council PTA are all 501(c)(3) organizations. Under the Internal Revenue Code, any activity by a 501(c)(3) related to politics is strictly limited. Meaning, a PTA cannot endorse a candidate for public office or show preferential treatment to a candidate or political party. For example, if your PTA hosts a candidate forum for a local race, you must invite all candidates to participate.
2. Though people can be persistent in their requests, your PTA is under no obligation to give a comment to the media or participate in any public conversation. Get comfortable saying, "No, thank you." And when in doubt, ask your FSR or the Texas PTA State Office for assistance.