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National PTA Honors Senator Barbara Mikulski and Congressman Aaron Schock With Congressional Voice for Children Award

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Congressional leaders to be recognized during 2014 National PTA Legislative Conference

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (March 3, 2014) — National PTA® is pleased to recognize Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) and Congressman Aaron Schock (R-IL) with its 2014 Congressional Voice for Children Award. The award honors outstanding leadership and commitment to advancing education and issues impacting children and youth. Senator Mikulski and Congressman Schock will be recognized with the award during the 2014 National PTA Legislative Conference on Wednesday, March 12 during the PTA Takes Action Dinner at the Crystal Gateway Marriott Hotel in Arlington, Va.

“Senator Mikulski and Congressman Schock exemplify what it means to take action for children and education,” said Otha Thornton, National PTA President. “Through their leadership, passion and dedication, they have supported and advanced legislation that will make a difference for the education, health and welfare of all children. We applaud them for being champions of change that will improve the lives and futures of our nation’s youth, and we are pleased to recognize them with our Congressional Voice for Children Award.”

Senator Mikulski has been a tireless advocate for protecting education funding during sequester and budget negotiations. She also has been pivotal in advancing the Strong Start for America’s Children Act, which was introduced in the House and Senate in November 2013 as a means to ensure that every child has access to high-quality early education. Senator Mikulski serves as Chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Committee. She also is a member of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee as well as the Senate Rural Education Caucus, fighting for the needs of students living in rural areas. A former social worker, Senator Mikulski is the longest serving woman in Congress. 

“I’m so pleased to receive the Congressional Voice for Children Award that honors our commitment to our nation’s children,” said Senator Mikulski. “I believe in America’s opportunity ladder, and education is an important rung on that ladder. In order for America to out-build and out-innovate the rest of the world, we first must out-educate. That’s why I will continue to fight for quality education to better prepare our children to succeed in school and beyond.”

Congressman Schock has been an essential supporter of the Family Engagement in Education Act, helping to move forward this critical piece of legislation, which is a top policy priority for National PTA. Congressman Schock also is a passionate advocate for improving children’s literacy skills. He sponsors a summer reading program for elementary students in his district. Congressman Schock serves as Co-Chairman of the Congressional STEAM Caucus. He is a former member of the Peoria School Board.

Each year, the National PTA Legislative Conference brings together hundreds of parent leaders from across the country to discuss PTA’s public policy priorities and inspire and empower them to advocate for all children. The 2014 conference will be held from March 11-13 at the Crystal Gateway Marriott Hotel. During the conference, attendees will hear from speakers and participate in interactive workshops and skill-building trainings on a variety of topics, including juvenile justice and delinquency prevention, early childhood education and ESEA-NCLB reauthorization and family engagement. They also will meet with Congressional leaders to discuss key issues impacting our nation’s children.

For more information about the Congressional Voice for Children Award and National PTA Legislative Conference, visit PTA.org/LegCon. 

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.