Immediately cease advocacy efforts in support of the Delaware PTA Position Statement on Parent Opt Out HB50 including but not limited to website promotion, action alerts, e-newsletters, media interview and information flyers.
Per National PTA SOA Policy, if you are unable to comply with the SOA requirements by April 26, 2016 (60 days from this notification), a support team will be assigned to Delaware PTA to help create and implement a plan to move your PTA back into compliance.
Unbelievable! It’s one thing to say you don’t agree with someone for doing something. But then you force them to take a position on it? And if they don’t you will make sure they do? I say the Delaware PTA renames itself and kicks National PTA to the curb! Who do they think they are? What a bunch of arrogant jerks! It is the PARENT-Teacher Association. Not the “we got more money from Bill Gates so we are going to force our state PTAs to shut up about opt-out” Association. What a bunch of sell-outs! What the hell kind of parent organization doesn’t honor parent’s rights? Terri and Yvonne, do the right thing for the parents of Delaware, not this bureaucratic nightmare in Washington D.C. Absolutely ridiculous!
And the Delaware PTA sent some questions to National PTA:
Yeah, they may not say places like the Gates Foundation won’t fund you if you support opt-out. But guess what, they just won’t give you money in the future. National PTA knows this. Time for a clean break Delaware PTA! Meanwhile, Delaware PTA President Terri Hodges sent this out to the Delaware PTA membership this afternoon:
PTA members and supporters,
As you are aware, National PTA issued an updated position statement in January 2016 regarding state assessments. The position statement, developed by the National PTA Legislative Committee and approved by the National Board of Directors, also outlines National PTA’s opposition of the growing parent opt-out movement across the United States.
When the position statement was released in January, we were initially informed that our advocacy of parental rights was not in conflict with the updated position statement, as Delaware PTA has never encouraged parents to opt of testing. However, upon further review National PTA has determined that our advocacy of parental rights is in fact in conflict with the updated position statement. As a result, Delaware PTA has received the attached DE Sanctions Letter from National PTA informing us that as a state association we are not in compliance with the Standards of Affiliation.
As a state association, we are obligated to comply with the National PTA Standard of Affiliations which governs the relationship between National PTA and the state associations. Similarly, our bylaws define the relationship between the state association and our local units in that the local units may not collectively take up any position that contradicts the position of Delaware State PTA and by extension National PTA. As indicated in the letter, the position statement can only be amended /rescinded by the voting body. This will be an action item on the agenda for our upcoming Board of Managers meeting, where we will also accept a motion to amend the legislative priorities at the next state convention. In the interim, Delaware PTA is required to cease all advocacy related to parent opt out.
We recognize that with the support of parents and teachers, several of our school districts have adopted policies, resolutions and/or procedures for honoring a parent’s request to opt out of the state assessment. National PTA’s prohibition on our advocacy only extends to the state association and thus the local units. This position does not have any impact on individual activity and advocacy.
We want to ensure our members that we have done our due diligence in sharing our concerns with National PTA and requesting complete transparency around the new position statement via the Questions posed to National PTA(attached). Delaware PTA remains committed to our membership and advocating for the students of Delaware. PTA is a multi-issue advocacy organization. As such, we will continue our advocacy in the following key areas:
- A reduction in testing across all grade levels
- A reliable and valid state assessment that measures student growth
- A fair and representative teacher evaluation system
- Weighted funding
- Anti-Bullying compliance
We thank everyone for your continued support. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org