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Question: Approval of newsletters

Our schools management team has requested that our PTO submit our newsletters and correspondence to them prior to being issued. In the past, we have been told that we do not have to submit our information for approval IF we stick to the PTO info only.


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Craig writes:
This seems to be a growing trend. Schools are becoming more cautious about what they allow to be distributed. Your best approach probably is to make the system work as smoothly as it can for you. For instance, can you compress the timeline between when you need to submit something and when it's approved? Can you develop some very specific rules for committee chairs to follow so their letters and flyers won't be rejected? A system like this really breaks down and serves no one's interest when something has to be redesigned and resubmitted several times because the rules are arbitrary or unclear. The other thing you can do is to try to bypass the school by setting up an email system where you gather the addresses and communicate directly with parents. If you haven't checked out Parent Express Email yet, it's a good free solution designed specifically for parent groups.


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