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National PTA Statement on Parent Teacher Alliance

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Heidi May Wilson, Media Relations Manager

ALEXANDRIA, Va., (March 3, 2017)—The following statement can be attributed to National PTA President Laura Bay:

“National PTA sent a letter to the California Charter Schools Association notifying the group of the Parent Teacher Alliance’s use of National PTA’s PTA trademark and the confusingly similar Parent Teacher Alliance name, false advertising and deceptive practices and demanding that the Parent Teacher Alliance cease all use of the PTA mark and the Parent Teacher Alliance name.

“The Parent Teacher Alliance is campaigning for candidates for the school board in the Los Angeles Unified School District and has been using PTA’s trademark and capitalizing on PTA’s reputation to secure support for its candidates. National PTA and its constituent associations have no affiliation, connection or association with the Parent Teacher Alliance. The services offered and campaigns made by the Parent Teacher Alliance did not originate with and are not sponsored nor approved by National PTA.

“PTA is a nonpartisan association. As such, National PTA and its constituent associations never comment on, endorse nor support candidates for office. As it has for 120 years, PTA remains committed to engaging and empowering families and communities to speak up for all children and take action to make a difference for the education, health, safety and well-being of every child. 

“National PTA takes this matter very seriously and is committed to ensuring it is resolved to protect its respected name and reputation.”

About National PTA

National PTA® comprises millions of families, students, teachers, administrators, and business and community leaders devoted to the educational success of children and the promotion of family engagement in schools. PTA is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit association that prides itself on being a powerful voice for all children, a relevant resource for families and communities, and a strong advocate for public education. Membership in PTA is open to anyone who wants to be involved and make a difference for the education, health, and welfare of children and youth.