As a local unit co-president of a Cherokee County elementary school and 13th District officer of the PTA, I am writing to address the clearly misinformed statements made by school board member Kelly Marlow regarding the Georgia PTA and our legislative priorities, advocacy efforts and tactics.
Granted, the compensation for my roles may not be grand in financial terms, yes, it is a whole whopping $0.00, for my 35+ volunteer hours a week, yet I none the less take my duties and responsibilities very seriously.
In my leadership materials, it clearly states “Partisan political activity, defined as participating or intervening in any local, state or federal campaign, as representative of PTA, for an elected political office, is absolutely forbidden.”
As I have watched the last year of the Marlow circus unfold, I have cried for our children, I have screamed in frustration, and yet I have managed to remain silent to this point. Why? Because I have attempted to exercise caution in the knowledge that as a PTA leader, the perception may be that I am not speaking or acting as an individual, but as a representative of PTA.
Unlike Ms. Marlow, I shall not bring disgrace upon myself, my family nor the organization which I represent.
In light of the statements by Ms. Marlow, in which she makes accusations of “scare tactics” and “intimidation” and “masquerading as a child advocacy organization,” I feel justified in finally speaking my mind.
Kelly Marlow should be ashamed of herself. She has besmirched our district, herself, and sadly does not even recognize that while she has spent the last year trying to destroy CCSD and its parental support all she has done is galvanize it.
Analyzing and sharing information about legislation and communicating with legislative or other policy-making bodies about decisions that affect the PTA are not lobbying activities. They are by definition advocacy. Perhaps a dictionary for Christmas is in order.
Ms. Marlow has on numerous occasions insulted not only the parents in Cherokee County, but each and every constituent in Post 1. She has taken aim at those who seek to serve our children, and I for one can no longer sit silent while she continues her reign of ignorance and terror.
The Georgia PTA is my PTA, and the parents in my PTA are strong. They are dedicated. And most of all, they are devoted to the well-being of our children.
The only masquerade I see is the one that happens every month when Ms. Marlow takes her seat at the school board meeting pretending to be there for the benefit of our children and the betterment of our schools.