The Ann Arbor Parent Teacher Organization Council (PTO Council or PTOC) is a support organization for all the PTOs and PTSOs in Ann Arbor Public Schools. Each PTO and PTSO is a member of the PTOC, receiving an equal vote on PTOC business regardless of size.
Why the PTOC?
Unlike schools that are organized as part of the national PTA, PTOs are totally independent and manage their own affairs. In a community with over 30 school buildings, however, AAPS parents needed a way to communicate with each other, seek advice, share practices, and to deal with issues of common concern. So, the PTO Council was formally incorporated in 2011.
What is the PTOC?
The PTOC is organized as an independent non-profit entity, a tax-exempt “social welfare” organization under section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code. This differs from PTOs and PTSOs, which are usually organized as 501(c)(3) public charities. As such, the PTOC has more leeway to participate in some political activities that align with its mission. However, while the PTOC is not organized for profit, donations to the PTOC are not tax-deductible.