May 16, 2017
- Heidi May Wilson, National PTA; firstname.lastname@example.org; (703) 518-1242
- Michelle Eklund, California State PTA; email@example.com; (916) 440-1985
ALEXANDRIA, Va., —The following statement can be attributed to National PTA President Laura Bay and California State PTA President Justine Fischer:
“During the last statewide election in California and now in a special election for the school board in the Los Angeles Unified School District, a group calling itself the “Parent Teacher Alliance” has been campaigning for candidates.
“National PTA, California State PTA and other constituent associations have no affiliation, connection or association with the Parent Teacher Alliance. The services offered and campaigns made by the Parent Teacher Alliance are neither sponsored nor approved by National PTA or California State PTA.
“The Parent Teacher Alliance is a political action committee supported by the California Charter Schools Association. PTA is a nonpartisan association.
“National PTA, California State PTA and other constituent associations never comment on, endorse or support candidates for office. Any messages that state otherwise are not PTAs. 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 has notified the California Charter Schools Association of the Parent Teacher Alliance’s use of National PTA’s PTA trademark and the confusingly similar Parent Teacher Alliance name and has demanded that the Parent Teacher Alliance cease all use of the PTA mark and the Parent Teacher Alliance name.”