Governance

New Jersey PTA (NJPTA) has governing documents that direct and focus the work of the NJPTA board of directors as well as the local PTAs and councils. The New Jersey PTA Bylaws and the Local PTA Bylaws Template are reviewed and amended at the NJPTA annual convention. The state bylaws conform to the National PTA Bylaws and create a foundation for all PTAs and leaders in the state to follow. Each local PTA and council adopts its own standing rules that cover other guidelines and processes. The New Jersey PTA Standing Rules complement the bylaws and give further details on how to accomplish those things required in the bylaws. The New Jersey PTA Standards of Affiliation Agreement requirements are in place to ensure local PTAs and councils align with New Jersey PTA’s ethics, policies, and principles; maintain good business practices; and comply with applicable federal and state laws. Effective, well-run PTAs and councils are vital to fulfilling PTA’s purpose and mission.

Bylaws

Bylaws are the rules and regulations enacted by an association to provide a framework for its operation and management. The New Jersey PTA State Bylaws and the Local PTA Bylaws Template provide an outline of our basic purposes, a structure for the governance of the association, and a description of the rights and responsibilities of membership. By their affiliation with National PTA and New Jersey PTA, all local PTAs/PTSAs and councils are required to abide by and conform to those bylaws.

New Jersey PTA has created a Bylaws Worksheet and Instructions to Update Local Bylaws. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact the New Jersey PTA Office at njpta@njpta.org.

Standing Rules

NJPTA standing rules govern and guide the NJPTA board of directors and the NJPTA membership. The NJPTA board of directors owns the NJPTA Standing Rules and is charged with revising and updating them to reflect current business practices. The policies address how business is done, but allow for some flexibility and nimbleness to address opportunities that may arise.

Standards of Affiliation

To provide support and guidance to our local PTAs and councils, New Jersey PTA (NJPTA) provides the Standards of Affiliation (SOA) Agreement Checklist to help navigate legal requirements. Completing this checklist will help local PTA and council leaders ensure their independent nonprofit business remains current with all IRS, state, and PTA requirements. Per the NJPTA State Bylaws, a local PTA or council in good standing is one that meets the criteria in the above standards of affiliation agreement.

Local PTAs and councils are encouraged to include their entire board of directors in this work and to keep their membership up to date with their progress. This checklist is for internal monitoring purposes only and does not need to be turned in to NJPTA, unless your local PTA or council is selected for periodic review.

If you need assistance with this checklist, help understanding any of the SOA agreement requirements, or find that a requirement was not completed the previous year, please contact your field service delivery contact or the state office.

For a brief overview of the SOA process watch this video.