Bylaws

  1. Mission and Vision Statement-
    1. Vision Statement– City Roots Homeschool Cooperative will support the communal and individual needs of learners and their families with flexibility and compassion.
    2. Mission Statement– We are a welcoming group of homeschoolers embracing diversity and offering secular classes and social opportunities to build a city-based, sustainable, and supportive community.  Our core values are as follows: 
      1.  SECULAR– We teach exclusively from a secular perspective so that we can offer a welcoming space to families of all and no faiths.  
      2.  DIVERSE– We celebrate diversity and the strengths of different perspectives by representing and welcoming members from various marginalized groups and identities including but not limited to country of origin, disability, gender identity, homeschooling philosophy, immigration status, neurology, race, religion, sexual orientation, sexuality, or socioeconomic status. We do not tolerate hate speech or discriminatory behavior.
      3.  CITY-FOCUSED– We recognize investment in urban centers as a core component of a sustainable environmental future for our children, and we value the diverse human perspectives and opportunities available in the city of St. Louis. Our classes and activities are primarily located in the city center while welcoming members from the entire surrounding region.  
  2. Membership 
    1. Member in Good Standing– A member in good standing is one who is following all Policies and Procedures and the Rights and Responsibilities for membership. 
    2. Joining Process– New members must meet with a member of the Governance Committee prior to joining and adhere to Rights and Responsibilities and New Member guidelines in Policies and Procedures. 
    3. Member Not in Good Standing- If a member is not in good standing, the Governance Committee will follow the Policies and Procedures to make a decision about what level of response is warranted (up to and including revocation of membership). This decision must be approved by 80%. If Governance Committee has vacancies, no revocation of membership can be enacted until vacancies are filled. 
  3. Voting Procedures 
    1. Changes to Bylaws– Any changes to the Bylaws must be approved by a (two-thirds) vote of the full member body. Votes will be held anonymously in accordance with Policies and Procedures. In the event that suggested changes fail to accumulate required votes, existing Bylaws will stand until approved changes are passed. 
    2. Changes to Other Governing Documents– Any changes to other governing documents will be determined by a simple majority vote of the Governance Committee. A supermajority (two-thirds) of the full Governance Committee must be present. If Governance Committee vacancies make it impossible to have a supermajority, voting must be opened to full member body and approved by two-thirds vote.
    3. Routine Document Review and Revision– Routine review of governing documents will occur by the Governance Committee on a mandatory and regular basis. Necessary revisions determined as a result of those reviews will take place via established Voting Procedures. (Note: All documents will undergo an initial review six (6) months after first implementation.)    
      1. Bylaws will be reviewed every five (5) years. 
      2. Policies and Procedures will be reviewed every two (2) years. 
      3. Rights and Responsibilities for Adults will be reviewed every (1) year. 
      4. Rights and Responsibilities for Children will be reviewed every (1) year.
    4. Official Voting- For all official votes, each family receives one vote, and the voting will be anonymous. 
  4. Governance Committee
    1. Composition– The Governance Committee will be comprised of five adult members and, if supported through the creation of a Student Governance Committee, two student representatives. 
    2. Power Balance– The Governance Committee will be non-hierarchical and each member will have equal voting weight. 
    3. Meetings– The Governance Committee will meet regularly in accordance with Policies and Procedures. 
    4. Term Lengths and Limits– Terms will be held for two years with rolling elections every six months (in December and June). If a Governance Committee member leaves their position before their term is over, a new vote will be held for an interim member to complete the remainder of the term. That interim member is eligible for a full term if elected into the position during the next election. There are no imposed term limits.
      1. An exception to two-year terms will be made for the initial founding Governance Committee, which will be in staggered term lengths to maintain election cycle. 
    5. Recusal Practices- A Governance Committee member may recuse themselves from a vote or discussion if they feel it is necessary. A Governance Committee member can also be forced to recuse themselves by unanimous vote of remaining Governance Committee members in accordance with Policies and Procedures.   
    6. Recall Practices– A Governance Committee member may be recalled from their position by unanimous vote of remaining Governance Committee members in accordance with Policies and Procedures.
    7. Vacancies– Governance Committee vacancies must be announced to the full membership body as per the communication policy in Policies and Procedures. An interim election must be announced and held within 30 days of vacancy.  
    8. Financial Policy– Only Governance Committee members will have the ability to make financial withdrawals and deposits. At least two Governance Committee members will have access to all accounts at all times.