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Bylaws Handbook

Bylaws & Standing Rules Guide

Local Unit Bylaws Form

     Local unit recommended bylaws form - August 2013 version / Pounded text means bylaws text that can not be altered or changed. The pounded text articles and sections are determined by National PTA and Tennessee PTA polices and federal and state laws and regulations.

Fillable Local Unit Bylaws Form
     Local unit recommended bylaws form - August 2013 version / Download, fill out, and print off. Filled in form can not be saved (printed out only), but a blank copy of the form can be saved. The blue-colored text identifies bylaws text that can not be altered or changed. The blue text articles and sections are determined by National PTA and Tennessee PTA policies and federal and state laws and regulations.

Council Bylaws Form

Tennessee PTA Bylaws (May 2014)

Tennessee PTA Bylaws Chairman, Hank Winkler (email)

Local unit charter and bylaws
The Tennessee Congress of Parents and Teachers issues a charter to a newly formed PTA when:
State and National portion of dues have been submitted to the State PTA Office.
An approved copy of the bylaws is on file at the State PTA Office.

It is the responsibility of the Local Unit Bylaws Chairman to see that the local bylaws are:

Written according to the suggested local unit bylaws available from the State Office.

In full compliance with the pound signed (#) items, which are mandatory, word for word!

Up-to-date and functional.

Adhered to by the present administration.

Promoted through study programs of parliamentary procedure and bylaws.


After a charter has been issued, Local Unit bylaws must be reviewed/revised and submitted to the State PTA for approval at least once every five (5) years.

It is the responsibility of every officer of an administration to:
Understand proper, basic parliamentary procedure.
Refer to the bylaws and basic policies before taking action on issues brought before the unit.
Understand the value and use of the bylaws.
Three sets of bylaws should be present at all meetings: one with the president, one with the parliamentarian, and one with the secretary in the official record book. Every member of your board should have a copy of the bylaws.
Robert’s Rules of Order, Newly Revised, current edition, shall govern the association in all cases in which they are applicable and in which they are not in conflict with your bylaws and those of the Tennessee PTA and the National PTA.

Council charter and bylaws

The Tennessee Congress of Parents and Teachers issues a charter to a newly formed Council PTA when:

State and National portion of dues have been submitted to the State PTA Office.

An approved copy of the bylaws is on file at the State PTA Office.

It is the responsibility of the Council Bylaws Chairman to see that the council bylaws are:

Written according to the suggested council bylaws available from the State Office.

In full compliance with the pound signed (#) items, which are mandatory, word for word!

Up-to-date and functional.

Adhered to by the present administration.

Promoted through study programs of parliamentary procedure and bylaws.


After a charter has been issued, Council bylaws must be reviewed/revised and submitted to the State PTA for approval at least once every five (5) years.

It is the responsibility of every officer of an administration to:
Understand proper, basic parliamentary procedure.
Refer to the bylaws and basic policies before taking action on issues brought before the Council.
Understand the value and use of the bylaws.
Three sets of bylaws should be present at all meetings: one with the president, one with the parliamentarian, and one with the secretary in the official record book. Every member of your board should have a copy of the bylaws.
Robert’s Rules of Order, Newly Revised, current edition, shall govern the association in all cases in which they are applicable and in which they are not in conflict with your bylaws and those of the Tennessee PTA and the National PTA.