The first step to forming a parent group is to find a group of interested parents and meet with them. MPS policy states that parents must decide what type of parent group they want.
Types of parent groups
- Formed and run by school
- Examples are councils, committees and clubs
- Uses Fund 60
- Bank accounts are in the name of the school
- Accounts are subject to the same policies as other district funds
- Only school staff can handle money
- Parent group does not have its own EIN number or tax exemption
- Parent groups can never use the district’s EIN number or tax exemption
- While parents participate and can hold leadership positions, responsibility for all final decisions rests with the school
- Must have a staff advisor or advisors who oversees the group and attends all meeting and events
- This type of group has less work and responsibility for the parents and more work and responsibility for the school
- Independent parent group
- Usually have the words “organization” or “association” in their name
- The organization has its own EIN number and tax exemption
- The organization has its own bank account
- Funds may never be mingled with school money
- The organization has leadership elected by its members and usually all are parents
- The organization collaborates with the school, but makes all its own decisions; the school may not dictate the organization’s actions
- This type of group puts most of the work and liability for the organization on the parents
PTA’s are considered in good standing when:
- A new PTA has 10 members or an existing PTA has 15 members
- An officers’ list is submitted annually by September 15
- First installment of dues (at least 15 members) is received in the state office by November 1 membership remittance form
- A copy of the yearly audit is received in the state office by November 1
- A current copy of the bylaws is submitted every 3 years for approval.
- Proof of filing the proper IRS forms is submitted by December 15.
Link to all good standing information and necessary forms
If you need information or help starting a parent group, please contact the Milwaukee PTA Council.
For more information or to start a PTA, contact either:
Milwaukee City Council of PTAs, Inc.