Skip to comments.Columbus elementary school employees and PTA violate state election laws (Oregon)
Posted on 01/15/2010 10:28:39 PM PST by Danae
Wednesday January 13th the Oregon PTA in Columbus Elementary School in McMinnville decided to circumvent the law and the authority of the Principle of their school. They printed out flyers which were then distributed to each teacher and classroom, and put into the Wednesday folders for students to take home. These flyers and their distribution by school staff are a direct violation of Oregon Election laws. All school staff are aware that it is illegal for State employees to advocate for any issue that is up for election. The flyer seen pictured here advocated for a Yes vote on 66 and 67, saying that jobs and salaries of staff were at stake if voters did not do so. The principle stated to concerned parents that she was unaware of the flyers or how they got distributed.
Columbia Elementary PTA Flyer sent home with students 1-13-2010
The current Special Election underway is on Tax Measures 66 and 67 which are Tax increases that the State Legislature voted into law in 2009 that upon Petition from Oregon voters, has been called to a Special Election. The PTA's clear message in Columbus Elementary was to vote yes for the measures in violation of state election law ORS 260.432.
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Danae....did you know this? 42 state agencies and boards were given budget increases in the last biennium....BUT...state school budgets were CUT by $156 million. It’s Political Games....and the kids and teachers are the pawns!
No wait, they're only for students
What kills me is that the state legislature has had nothing to say about where and what cuts might be made. How could they, THEY AREN’T IN SESSION. All this bluster from the OR PTA and unions is 100% BullS**t.
I hope Lars Larson picks this up, he has a thing about State workers advocating on the state dime.
LOL haha You mean CONSERVATIVE students. If you are a liberal anything goes.... (rolls eyes)
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That teacher sure looks like a butch doesn’t she? What a cowardly piece of liberal dookie.
Oregon is a corrupt democrat controlled state. Nothing will be done. If this were Republicans or a teacher handed the kids a Bible tract heads would roll.
They should be fined $5,000 for every flier that went out.
It would be nice if the reporter knew the difference between “principle” and “principal.”
Her confusion made the entire story hard to follow.
That said, I have never heard of a state-wide PTA. I’ve always thought of PTAs as being organizations formed by the parents and teachers of an individual school. In fact, I’ve never even heard of a district-wide PTA. Is this something that is particular to Oregon?
I just re-read the article, and now I’m not sure if “Oregon PTA at Columbus Elementary School” really means that the PTA is state-wide. Later in the article she mentions the “Columbus Elementary PTA.”
Back to Journalism 101 with you, reporterette!
"It's worse than that, Jim; there's a National PTA!"
Looks like local PTAs are units or chapters of state PTAs, which are members or chapters of a national PTA.
If there's a dime to be made, somebody will organize it beyond all reason, and take 9 cents off the top doing it.
For some groups, the PTO vs. PTA debate is simply a matter of dollars and centseither "We don't want to send any money out of our school" or "Are we getting enough service for the money we send out of our school?" For others, though, the debate takes on a significantly increased importance. If we don't speak for all children, then who will? the PTA's most loyal defenders often ask.
Independence vs. Affiliation
The technical differences between a PTA and a PTO are fairly simple. The National PTA is a formal membership organization headquartered in Chicago with a 105-year history of working for children. Local groups that choose to belong to the PTA must pay dues to the state and national organizations and abide by state and national group rules. In return, they get member benefits, and they get a voice in the operations of the larger organization. The National PTA maintains a Washington, D.C., lobbying office, and most state PTAs advocate at their respective state capitals, as well. The PTA carefully protects its name, so that in theory only dues-paying members of the group can call themselves a PTA.
PTO, on the other hand, is a more generic term. It generally represents the thousands of groups that choose to remain independent of the PTA. The acronym PTO is the most popular name, but other common monikers include PCC, PTG, and HSA. These are most often single-school groups that operate under their own bylaws and by and large concern themselves with the goings-on at their building or in their town only.
Did you know that the total compensation in salary and benefits of teachers in Oregon is greater than the average total compensation of private sector workers in Oregon.
Thank you for this information, Applegate. I had no idea that PTAs were nationally-sponsored.
I have two boys, one of whom attends Catholic school, and the other (who attended there as well, for seven years) who is homeschooled. We have a Parents’ Guild, but it is completely insular -— we have no affilations with any other school, let alone any national organization.
Again, thank you for this worrisome information.
A public school teacher I know was lobbying for these new taxes by making phone calls to people on their behalf (organized by her union) a few months ago. She was doing this (as far as I know) on her own time, not from school property.
Is this illegal? The way the story was written it would appear to be.
Do you have a publication you can point me to that shows that? (Avg tot comp of priv sector vs teachers sal & Bennies.
How many of these are federally funded though the state?
I agree that as the article is written, it appears that union-organized lobbying by individual teachers is in fact illegal.
I’m not sure what Oregon law says about teachers acting indiviually, though.
It was the PTA’s organizational efforts that surprised me because I had no idea that state-wide or national PTAs even existed.
PS: I am not familiar with Oregon law at all. I’m in NY and my kids do not attend public school, so I’m probably not the best person to ask for specifics.