Is there a PTA council, or isn't there?
Though the Maryland PTA has made the Baltimore City Council of PTAs an inactive organization, the council's president, Eric White, is acting as though nothing has changed. He was at yesterday's City Council education committee briefing on back-to-school preparations, and he introduced himself as PTA Council president when he spoke during the public comment portion of the meeting. The mayor's office also invited him to be on a school board interviewing panel as though he were still the president of an active parent group.
The Maryland PTA says White is not supposed to be acting as though the PTA Council is still operational. But will it use its authority to stop him? Will school PTAs continue paying their council dues?
Conveniently, the PTA Council office at North Avenue just so happens to be in the wing being converted into a new alternative school. Office space aside, will the school board continue giving White a slot when organized parent and employee groups speak at its meetings?
This promises to be an interesting saga to follow as the new school year approaches.