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In New Bylaws, Bridgeport Parent Advisory Council Removes Right To Debate But Grants Right To Remove Parent Officials At Whim

Shortly after the Working Families Party-aligned District Parent Advisory Council (PAC) threw out hundreds of parent votes, they decided to update the group’s bylaws.

Between May 2013 and October 2013, the District PAC’s Executive Board revised their bylaws several times behind closed doors. The final “improvements” included the removal of Roberts Rules of Order and granting the District PAC’s Executive Board the ability to remove School PAC presidents and District Executive Board Members without ever informing parents or allowing them to vote.

To summarize: the organization that is supposed to represent the interests of all the parents in the district has removed the ability to debate from its bylaws and given itself the power to remove parent officials at whim.

Stick to the Working Families party line, parents, or else you’ll lose your ability to participate.

 

The Bridgeport Parents Advisory Council Has Two Presidents?

The updated bylaws were presented to parents at the Parent Advisory Council’s federally-mandated annual Title I meeting last month. The packet given to parents at this meeting contained some interesting information.

Curiously, the bylaws were signed by two District PAC presidents.

Former Working Families Party school board candidate Eric Alicea signed the District’s new bylaws as “president” on January 3rd, 2014, despite resigning late last year. A month earlier, on December 4th, 2013, Tammy Boyle also signed the bylaws as “president.”

I didn’t realize that the District Parents Advisory Council could have two presidents. Is this another change to the bylaws?

 

District PAC Bylaws

 

 

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