Friday, May 08, 2015

MEDIA ADVISORY FROM CALIFORNIA STATE PTA: Campaign mailers in LAUSD board race are not connected to PTA

smf 2cents smf: CCSA’s affiliate “Parent Teacher Alliance” continues to misrepresent themselves as other than a bought-and-paid-for political action committee of charter school promoters


February 3, 2015

Media Contacts:
Patty Christiansen, VP for Communications
(714) 417-6832;

Michelle Eklund, Director, Strategic Initiatives
(916) 440-1985;

Campaign mailer in LAUSD board race is not connected to California State PTA

SACRAMENTO, CA – California State PTA President Colleen A.R. You today issued a statement regarding a campaign mailer by a group calling itself the “Parent Teacher Alliance” related to a school board campaign in Los Angeles Unified School District:

"This campaign material is 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 and logo may cause confusion among the public and suggest that PTA endorses certain candidates.

"I want to assure everyone that PTA has not authorized these materials. The 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 and schools.

“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."

For more information about California State PTA’s mission to positively impact the lives of children and families, visit

About California State PTA
California State PTA connects families and schools, and has more than 800,000 members throughout the state working on behalf of public schools, children and families, with the motto, "every child, one voice." The PTA is the nation's largest and highest profile volunteer association working to connect families and schools, and improve the education, health and welfare of all children and youth. The PTA also advocates at national, state and local levels for education and family issues. The PTA is nonprofit, nonsectarian and noncommercial. For more information:


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