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Bylaws & Standing Rules

PTA’s can download our Universal Bylaws and an example of our standing rules at the links below. Check back for updates, proposed amendments and bylaws changes. The Universal Bylaws are the current operating bylaws for all PTA’s in the state of Minnesota. Bylaws do not need to be submitted to our office annually. Standing rules are required to be submitted to our office once, and only again if any changes are made. 

Universal Local PTA Bylaws HERE.

Example of Standing Rules.


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March 13th, 2019: The Minnesota PTA Board of Directors is proposing two bylaws amendments.

Please click the highlighted links for proposal details.

#1. updates to the State Bylaws regarding board of directors positions, term limits, and cases of vacancy.

  • Proposal #1 would change the president-elect position to that of a vice-president. This also includes several changes to the bylaws that would be affected by this change.
  • Proposal #2 would give instructions for what to do if there is no candidate for president at the time of convention.

#2. updates to the Universal Bylaws regarding quorum.

  • This proposal will change the quorum set in the bylaws for all Minnesota units be a minimum of five member OR one more than their executive board, whichever is greater.
These changes must be approved by a 2/3 affirmative vote of delegates in attendance at convention. If you have questions about how bylaws amendments are proposed or voted on, please contact Denise Foy, MN PTA’s Bylaws Chair atbylaws@mnpta.org.

Bylaws Amendment Voted in on May 19, 2018

The Bylaws chair and the MN PTA state board proposed that Minnesota PTA units adopt universal bylaws.  This means there is one set of bylaws that all local units follow. The benefit is that it is much easier for a PTA to remain in “good standing”, because the bylaws don’t need to be reviewed and approved every 5 years.

Standing Rules are new to most local PTA units.  They provide process and details that are not contained in the bylaws, such as when you meet, committees, terms, etc.  Standing rules must not conflict with the bylaws. Unlike bylaws, standing rules may be changed from administration to administration or from meeting to meeting.  The proposal to adopt universal bylaws and standing rules was approved at the Minnesota PTA convention on May 19.

Click the links to find examples of both the proposed Universal Bylaws and an example of Standing Rules.

Example:  Bylaws will require each PTA to meet at least once during the year.  Standing Rules may indicate that you meet monthly during the school year on the first Monday of the month.

Example:  Bylaws require the PTA to elect a president, secretary and a treasurer.  Standing Rules may state that you also have a Co-President.

Example:  Bylaws allow the PTA board to create or eliminate committees.  Standing Rules would list what committees your PTA has and what their responsibilities include.


If you have questions or comments about the amendments, please email Denise Foy, the Bylaws Chair, at bylaws@mnpta.org