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“Parent-Teacher Alliance” Mailers Are Not Connected to California State PTA

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Updated February 2017

Non-PTA Group Misleading Residents and Voters — A Message from National PTA President Laura Bay

During the last statewide election and now in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) special election, a group called the “Parent Teacher Alliance Political Action Committee” — run by the California Charter Schools Association Independent Expenditure Campaign (PAC) — continues to capitalize on PTA’s trademark and reputation to run a political campaign that is misleading residents and voters. California State PTA has been diligently working alongside National PTA to ensure this matter is resolved to protect our respected name and reputation. National PTA President Laura Bay commented on the confusing and harmful situation:

“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 (or California State 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.”

HOW YOU CAN RESPOND AND TAKE ACTION

  • Download talking points you can use locally when speaking with members and community leaders
  • View statements from California State PTA on this topic
  • If you or other PTA members receive information or obtain written fliers and other materials causing confusion between California State PTA and the Parent Teacher Alliance, please contact California State PTA Executive Director Sherry Skelly Griffith at sgriffith@capta.org or (916) 440-1985.

LAUSD Election Activities Not Connected to California State PTA or Local PTAs

A group calling itself the “Parent Teacher Alliance (PTA) Political Action Committee” — run by the California Charter Schools Association Independent Expenditure Campaign (PAC) — is once again running a political campaign, this time in the Los Angeles Unified School District, under the false banner of our trademarked name and renowned reputation.

Please be aware: The real PTA never comments on, endorses or supports individual candidates for office. PTA is a non-partisan association with a long track record of speaking up for all children and connecting families, schools and communities.

If you or other PTA members receive information or obtain written fliers and other materials causing confusion between California State PTA and the Parent Teacher Alliance, please contact California State PTA Executive Director Sherry Skelly Griffith at sgriffith@capta.org or (916) 440-1985.

Listen to an interview on KPCC for more information.

June 2, 2016

SACRAMENTO — California State PTA President Justine Fischer today issued a statement regarding statewide and local election campaign mailers and fliers by a group tied to the CA Charter Schools Association Independent Expenditure Campaign calling itself the “Parent Teacher Alliance.”

“These June 7 primary election campaign materials are not affiliated with the PTA, which has been in existence since 1897, in any way, shape or form. Yet, the resemblance of the group’s name to the trademarked PTA name may cause confusion among the public and suggest that PTA endorses certain candidates.

“I want to assure everyone that California State PTA has not authorized these materials. PTA never comments on, endorses or supports individual candidates for office. PTA is a non-partisan association with a long track record of speaking up for all children and connecting families, schools and communities.

“It is truly unfortunate when any group gives an appearance or representation that seems to trade on the credibility and reputation of the 100-plus-year-old PTA.”