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National Representative 2012 – 2013 Ethical Leadership: Using PTA Core Values for the Common Good.

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1 National Representative 2012 – 2013 Ethical Leadership: Using PTA Core Values for the Common Good

2 By the end of this workshop you will know : What is ethical and what is legal What actions make sense How to best advance the vision, purpose, and mission of PTA at the local, state, and national levels

3 What ought to be done. - Aristotle

4 What do these headlines have in common? Each headline has an identification with the PTA Each headline reflects some type of lapse in ethics

5 Potholes on the Road to Ethical Decisions

6 Ancient Egyptian Do for one who may do for you, that you may cause him thus to do. The Tale of the Eloquent Peasant, 109- 110 Translated by R.B. Parkinson Buddhism Treat not others in ways that you yourself would find hurtful. The Buddha Christianity In everything, do to others as you would have them do to you; for this is the law and the prophets. Jesus of Nazareth, Matthew 7:12 Islam Not one of you truly believes until you wish for others what you wish for yourself. The Prophet Muhammad, Hadith Judaism What is hateful to you, do not do to your neighbour.. This is the whole Torah; all the rest is commentary. Go and learn it. Hillel, Talmud, Shabbath 31a Yoruba Proverb (Nigeria) One going to take a pointed stick to pinch a baby bird should first try it on himself to feel how it hurts. Native American Spirituality We are as much alive as we keep the earth alive. Chief Dan George

7 The Golden Rule/Ethic of Reciprocity A General Principle There is no better guide to the conscience than the Golden Rule, and its precepts are so simple that any mind can grasp them. Alice McClellan-Birney PTA Co-Founder

8 The PTA Ethical Triple Test Is it legal? Does it follow PTA policies? Does it advance PTAs mission & purposes? 3

9 Compounding a Felony libel Is It Legal? negligence Misprision of a felony Slander fraud

10 Even if it is legal… Technically legal actions may present obstacles to advance the PTA Mission Ethically dubious actions include: –Favoritism –Private agenda –Autocratic leadership style –Tobacco use or alcohol consumption at PTA events where children are present

11 Does it follow policy? Local PTA bylaws, policies, code of ethics and code of conduct State PTA policies, bylaws, code of ethic and code of conduct National PTAs basic policies, mission, objectives, and priorities

12 –12– a. The organization shall be noncommercial, nonsectarian, and nonpartisan.b. The organization shall work with the schools and community to provide quality education for all children and youth, and shall seek to participate in the decision-making process establishing school policy, recognizing that the legal responsibility to make decisions has been delegated by the people to boards of education, State education authorities, and Local education authorities. c. The organization shall work to promote the health and welfare of children and youth, and shall seek to promote collaboration among parents, schools, and the community at large. d. No part of the net earnings of the organization shall inure to the benefit of, or be distributable to, its members, directors, trustees, officers, or other private persons except that the organization shall be authorized and empowered to pay reasonable compensation for services rendered, and to make payments and distributions in furtherance of the purposes set forth in Article II hereof. e. Notwithstanding any other provision of these articles, the organization shall not carry on any other activities not permitted to be carried on (i) by an organization exempt from federal income tax under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code or (ii) by an organization, contributions to which are deductible under Section 170(c)(2) of the Internal Revenue Code. f. Upon the dissolution of this organization, after paying or adequately providing for the debts and obligations of the organization, the remaining assets shall be distributed to one or more nonprofit funds, foundations, or organizations that have established their tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and whose purposes are in accordance with those of National PTA. g. The organization or members in their official capacities shall not, directly or indirectly, participate or intervene (in any way, including the publishing or distributing of Statements) in any political campaign on behalf of, or in opposition to, any candidate for public office, or devote more than an insubstantial part of its activities to attempting to influence legislation by propaganda or otherwise. National PTA Basic Policies The complete National PTA Bylaws document can be downloaded from the National PTA website (Microsoft Word required to view). Click to skip to next slide

13 Code of Ethics or Conduct Is there a Code of Conduct for your State? Unit? What is your personal responsibility? A Code of Conduct is a set of rules outlining the responsibilities of or proper practices for an individual, party or organization. – Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia

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