CHICAGO, IL--(Marketwire - Mar 4, 2013) - National PTA® and School Family Media Inc., the parent company of PTO Today, jointly announced today that they have reached settlement terms and that the lawsuit between the parties has been dismissed with prejudice in the Northern District of Illinois.

No damages will be paid and both parties are pleased that they were able to resolve differences and avoid the necessity of a trial. 

The National PTA and PTO Today are clearly two separate and distinct organizations. For 116 years, National PTA has operated as a non-profit association and continues to be a powerful voice for all children; a relevant resource for schools, families and communities; and a strong advocate for public education. PTO Today is a 14-year-old media and services firm with a commitment to serving all parent-teacher group leaders and all K-8 schools in the United States and has an enviable track record of doing so. PTO Today has a passion for increasing and celebrating parent involvement in schools.

"This is a good day for all," observes PTO Today founder Tim Sullivan. "Schools and parents nation-wide are much better served by both the National PTA and PTO Today focusing on our respective work rather than on legal battles. At PTO Today, we're looking forward to many more years of helping parent-teacher group leaders help their schools and their children."

"It is important for the public to understand that what makes PTA unique is the national network of families united in their commitment to improving the education, health, and safety of all children," National PTA President Betsy Landers said. "The PTA provides parents with the forum and tools to collectively influence the decisions that affect children not only at their individual schools, but also throughout their districts, within their states, and across the nation."

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 parent involvement 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.

About School Family Media
School Family Media is a media and services firm dedicated to promoting meaningful and effective parent involvement in schools. Through its multiple media properties (including PTO Today magazine,, JumpIN!™ Magazine and, SFM connects parents with the know-how and resources they need to navigate successfully through the challenging school years. Experts at connecting cause-minded brands with positive and effective school-parent programs, School Family Media is also the company behind the School Family Nights™ series of parent involvement evenings at schools and the™ website, which brings sanity back to back-to-school.

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Contact Information:

National PTA
Abi Weaver

Cell: (571) 329-9355

School Family Media
Tim Sullivan

Cell: (508) 259-8243