Academic journal article Phi Delta Kappan

Election Changes Garner Support

Academic journal article Phi Delta Kappan

Election Changes Garner Support

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PDK members overwhelmingly supported changing leadership selection for the organization. With 89.1% of those casting a ballot voting in approval, the measure soundly surpassed the twothirds majority required for adoption.

Under the new provisions, PDK members will continue to elect individuals to the board of directors. These elected board members will then select which board members will serve on the board's executive committee. The executive committee will be composed of board chair, vice chair, and past chair, each with a one-year term.

The amendment takes effect immediately, but the three individuals now serving as president, president-elect, and past president will complete their terms of office and could be selected by the board to serve as chair or vice chair.

The PDK International Board of Directors sent a message to the PDK membership to explain the proposed bylaws changes. For most of PDK's history, chapter leaders convened every two years to elect the association's president based on opportunities to meet candidates face-toface, the board said. A change to the PDK Constitution 15 years ago allowed each member to cast a vote for the association's president. Yet participation in the PDK presidential election has been very low with only about 5% of PDK members participating. "Given this low rate of involvement in the election process, conducting the election remains a significant financial burden for the organization," the board said. …

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