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Question: Who regulates PTOs?

If there is a ethical violation in a PTO.. who is above the PTO? The state?


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Liz L writes:
For independent PTOs, those that are separately incorporated or that operate as independent, unincorporated associations of parents, there is no overseeing entity within the state, and the school has limited authority. The school may supervise and control an independent PTO regarding the use of school facilities and the activities students engage in during school hours or as part of a school program. Beyond that, however, the PTO’s own rules—constitution or articles of incorporation and bylaws—should control.
That said, while the principal or school board aren't "in charge," in many instances they can help if there's a violation. If it's possible, start by discussing the situation with the principal.


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