Discussion in 'Community Board' started by SLK1, Sep 28, 2013.
I have many friends who are teachers and they all feel the exact same way!!!!!
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Thank goodness all of our principals have always been with us!! We asked what they needed, we raised money for it and bought it.
Now our Athletics boosters....yikes.
Sounds like a great example of a place where the PTA works well. As I said, I've seen it work both ways, as well as somewhere in between. I was just giving an example of a situation in which it didn't work.
This is a very interesting perspective! We provide lunch quarterly for the teachers - a buffet in their lounge where we set it up and then return for clean-up. The end of the year tends to be a larger set-up after school with something fun thrown in - Cupcake Wars one year, Minute to Win It one year, and Let's Make a Deal last year. The teachers seemed to honestly like it, but maybe we should discuss scaling back and just providing another buffet during school. But then I worry we will be accused of not supporting the teachers and taking away something they enjoy. You just can't win.
But when you have a principal who can't keep a president longer than a year, who tells the staff one thing and the parents another, and who seems to have this undeniable disdain for the PTA group, it is a trickle-down effect. Oh well, I do it for the kids - we provide many opportunities for them, we help out where needed, and it's really all about the kids anyway. Principal can suck it.
My guess is most of the staff are eagerly awaiting the day that principal goes somewhere else, as well.
Last year our PTA president quit over having to deal with the principal. And the rest of the board went to the school board to complain, ending in mediation.
However, that said, the PTA was completely overstepping their bounds in trying to control the money they raised. They were trying to blackmail the teachers by telling them they had to do things the way their little group wanted it done or no money. They were trying to control curriculum, field trips, etc.
Many parents were just as angry with this group of women as they thought it was ridiculous the power trip this group of women was on.
It was a mess on both ends.
Well, I think the PTA/O should be more than just fundraising. That's one of the things that turned me off to it completely. Ours is just all fundraising all the time and has no involvement beyond forking over money to the school administration.
But in this time of severe budget cuts and education lacking in EVERYTHING, isn't that a good thing? When schools are lacking technology, isn't it ok if the PTA fundraises in order to provide children with tools for success? As long as everyone is on the same page on how it should be spent anyway...
Ours is a combination of fundraising and social/community building activities.
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