2019 CSTA Bylaws Update
Message from CSTA’s Board Chair and ChairElect
As we launched the new era of CSTA last summer, it became clear to the board that we needed to update our organizational Bylaws to reflect the current practices of the organization and align with the strategic plan we have charted for CSTA. A committee made up of three board members and led by incoming board Chairperson Jen Rosato brought the suggested updates to the full board in October of 2018, where they were unanimously supported. We most strongly believe that these updates are in the best interest of the association and most importantly, its chapters and members. The final step in this process is a full vote by membership, and we encourage you to vote in support of the below amendments.
--Fred Martin and Jen Rosato
Overview of Updates
The process to ratify these proposed amendments is broken into two votes for the membership. The first vote is to make a group of amendments that update the bylaws to reflect the current practices of the organization. The second vote updates voting rights for members. Both groups are summarized below, and the complete changes can be found on the pages that follow.
● Group 1: Updates to reflect current practices.
○ CSTA’s operations have grown since the last update to the Bylaws in 2015. There are a number of minor language updates and process changes that reflect CSTA’s current organizational practices that are suggested and supported by the Board of Directors. These are summarized to include:
■ Consistent use of “Chairperson” instead of President or Chair throughout
■ Consistent use of “educator” throughout to reflect not only teachers, but also administrators, counselors, and those in the out-of-school education space
■ Accurate representation of the current legal standing and relationship with ACM (Article I)
■ Expanded definition and scope of membership and local chapters (Articles II and III)
■ Revised definition of nondiscrimination statement to increase inclusivity (Article II)
■ Clarification of the dues-based paid membership structure (Article III)
■ Clarifying the roles and responsibilities of the Executive Director and Board of Directors for overall governance and day-to-day activities (Articles IV, V and VI)
■ Simplifying committee language and moving process documentation to the organization’s Policies and Procedures Manual (Article V)
● Group 2: Voting rights (Article III, Section 5 under new numbering of articles)
○ The introduction and growth of paid membership is an essential aspect of the future sustainability of CSTA as established by the Board of Directors. In order to appropriately value the importance of voting privileges, committee and board service to our organization, we propose making these privileges available through the paid membership level. Currently, less than 4% of CSTA’s membership participates in elections. This amendment will allow those that value this privilege to opt into the process. This change also brings CSTA into alignment with best practices of peer organizations and sends a strong signal to current and future supporters that our membership is invested in the future of the organization.
The board fully supports these amendments as best for the future of CSTA. There are no dissenting opinions and therefore no rebuttal language included in the proposed changes.