MEMBERSHIP Section 1
The NCACLS shall have three types of membership: Regular Members, Associate Members, and Observer Members. Only a Regular Member has the voting power at the Board of Directors (hereafter referred to as the Board) meetings.
Any regional association/council of Chinese schools, which has at least three member schools and has been chartered for at least two years and yet does not belong to any existing member organization of the NCACLS may apply. If an application is approved by at least half of the existing board members, the applicant shall become an observer once its membership due is paid. The observer is entitled to all rights and obligations set forth by the NCACLS board except for voting privilege.
The observer membership starts on the first day of the month the applicant is approved and accepted by the NCACLS board and last for one full year. Its voting privilege shall be granted on the first day of the month at its one year anniversary. At such time, the observer shall become a regular member of NCACLS.
The ten founding associations/councils have been rendered with Regular Membership as long as they pay their annual membership fees. These founding members are Association of Chinese Schools, Houston Chinese Schools Association, Association of Chinese Schools in Southeastern United States, Association of Northern California Chinese Schools, Colorado Association of Chinese Language Schools, Dallas Fort Worth Chinese School Association, Midwest Chinese Language School Association, Michigan Chinese Teachers Association, Northwestern Association of Chinese Language Schools, and Southern California Council of Chinese Schools.
An educator, a scholar, an administrator or an organization in U.S.A. that is affiliated with Chinese language and culture field may apply. Associate Membership will be in effect once the application is approved by a simple majority of the Board and its membership fee is paid. An Associate Member may participate the Board of Directors meetings but does not have the voting power.
Both Regular Members and Associate Members are obligated to pay an annual membership fee according to the fee schedule and the deadline schedule set forth by the Board in order to be in a good membership standing.