To the editor:
I also am a legislative vice president of an elementary school PTA and am very concerned at the accusations made by Glen Parker Davis (My View: Questionable PTA tactics) in the Deseret News.The efforts of the Utah State PTA are hardly "covert and subversive," nor are they an attempt to "mislead and bias the voting electorate." I received the same packet Mr. Davis referred to and have quite a different interpretation of that information.
The packet does say "PTA does not have to have people in opposition to our stand represented at our meetings." Mr. Davis is perfectly free to do so, however PTA is not required to allow time to speakers in opposition to a publicly stated PTA position.
"PTA members who disagree with the official PTA positions may not use PTA titles or meetings to fight against the initiatives." Any organization that publicly makes a statement would certainly object to one of its officers publicly contradicting that statement. As an elected officer, Mr. Davis is not, and should not, be permitted to speak as a representative of PTA in opposition to an official PTA stand. But as an individual, he is certainly entitled to his own opinion.
Human interest stories are not scare tactics. They are points of view of the people who stand to be hurt the most if the initiatives pass.
The phrase, correctly quoted by Mr. Davis, was that "a child's grade should not depend on" attending a tax initiative meeting. The meeting should not be required, but extra credit could be given to a student who attended to learn about our elective process.
It is legal for PTA to send home material with students if it is approved by the principal and the school district. Again, Mr. Davis is not obligated to do so.
Emerson Elementary PTA