The Maryland PTA has filed an injunction against its parent organization, seeking to block the National PTA’s plan to restructure the statewide affiliate due to high turnover on its board caused by “hostile” leadership.
The National PTA announced it was restructuring the Maryland group last week, after it fell out of compliance with the organization’s “Standards of Affiliation,” according to letters obtained by The Baltimore Sun. Restructuring means the National PTA can assist the Maryland PTA in electing new leaders. It also gives the national group access to Maryland PTA funds and records, as well the ability to arrange an audit.
The National PTA also warned the statewide group it could revoke its charter, potentially putting Maryland’s 160,000 members at risk of losing services and input in setting the organization’s agenda.
Maryland PTA announced Wednesday that it has asked the Anne Arundel Circuit Court for a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction against National PTA to stop the restructuring.