How many teachers are active in your schools PTA or PTO?
Apparently lack of teacher attendance has been a topic of discussion at the last few meetings. The PTO president even invited the assistance principal to come to a meeting to show him how few teachers came. He's sent us a couple of emails and mentioned it a faculty meeting.
But the complaint annoys me for several reasons. First of all the meetings on on Tuesday afternoons. Our school had a tutoring program after school on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The PTO has been asked several times to move the meetings to Mondays so more teachers can attend, but they won't.
Math is the second reason I'm annoyed. 3-4 teachers do attend every meeting. But only about 10-12 parents attend. So yes it's more parents than teachers. But if you look at the percent of teachers (about 10%) compared to the percent of parents (about 2%) the teachers are represented much better than the parents. Why should they expect that many teachers to come when there's only 30 of us compared to hundreds of parents?
The last reason is the reason I will not attend. Apparently the tone set by the current president makes the meetings a bitchfest. They complain about PTO members who aren't at the meeting. They also complain about the teachers openly at the meeting. If a teacher doesn't turn something in or fill out a form it's brought up publicly in the meeting. Comments like, "I wouldn't want my kid in her class," are made publicly as well. I'm just not the type to smile politely at that kind of thing. But I don't want to create a PTO sh*t storm so I am staying far away.
So do your teachers attend PTO meetings, or is it mainly parents.