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Business Meeting Procedures

View our presentation on Convention Business Meeting Procedures to familiarize yourself with protocol regarding the resolutions, bylaws and dues increase.


Following are a proposed resolution, proposed amendment to an existing resolution and proposed revision to a resolution that will be voted on by delegates at the 2019 National PTA Convention in Columbus, Oh.

The resolutions are national in scope, but they have impact at the local, council and state levels of PTA as well. The power of a resolution is to enable PTA members, leaders and public policy and program teams to join with others to build partnerships, form coalitions, increase awareness, develop programs and lobby policy makers.

Proposed, Amended and Revised Resolutions for National PTA


Bylaws govern an organization’s operations and contain the basic rules relating principally to itself as an association. The National PTA bylaws outline the basic purpose of PTA, list basic policies of National PTA and provide a structure for how the PTA is set up. The bylaws also provide information on National PTA committee structure, the annual convention and amendment process.

Proposed Bylaws Amendment

National PTA Proposed Dues Increase

National PTA and its 24,000 congresses have a unified passion for our mission and an obligation and duty to keep our association vibrant and strong for our children and our grandchildren.

At the National PTA Convention in June 2018, National PTA’s officers reported on the strong state of the association and announced the need to invest our resources for long-term success in forwarding our mission to better the education, health and safety of every child in America for generations to come. Learn more.

The following dues increase motions will be presented during General Meeting 2, Thursday, June 20.

Motion 1 – National PTA Dues Increase

National PTA dues to be increased by $1.50.

Rationale: This motion, submitted by the National PTA Board of Directors, will allow the association to make an investment in a revitalization of the PTA brand, increase training and leadership development for PTA leaders, and expand the powerful impact of PTA programs. In addition, National PTA will also be able to grow the Center for Family Engagement, elevate its influence with policymakers, and produce new membership growth resources and tools to reach the next generation of parents.

Currently, $2.25 of each PTA member’s dues go to National PTA. While over 70 percent of that amount goes to programs and services, with inflation, the purchasing power of $2.25 is now only worth $2.

Motion 2 – Dues Increase Implementation Date

The dues increase to take effect September 1, 2019.

Rationale: The motion from the National PTA Board of Directors includes a Sept. 1, 2019 implementation date. Any member who pays dues for the 2019-2020 year prior to Sept. 1, 2019 may pay at the $2.25 National PTA dues rate.


Eight Board of Directors Member Representatives are elected each year, and either two or three members of the Nominating and Leadership Development Committee (NLDC) are elected each year based on a cycle defined in the National PTA Bylaws. National officers of the association are elected in odd-numbered years.

For more info about the governance, the elections process and bylaw/policy changes, read the National PTA Bylaws.

The National PTA Election Policy may also be referenced below.

2019 Board Officer Candidates (2019-2021 Term)



2019 Board Member Candidates (2019-2021 Term)



2019 NLRC Candidates (2019-2022 Term)