See National PTA’s letters to Capitol Hill related to our public policy positions and resolutions.
Family Engagement in Education Act
On July 11, 2013 the Family Engagement in Education Act of 2013 (S. 1291/H.R. 2662) was introduced by U.S. Senators Jack Reed (RI), Christopher Coons (DE), Sheldon Whitehouse (RI), and Representatives Glenn Thompson (PA) and Carolyn McCarthy (NY). View a summary of this important legislation that is intended to inform comprehensive reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).
Research shows that family engagement in a child’s education increases student achievement, improves attendance, and reduces dropout rates. The Family Engagement in Education Act of 2013 seeks to target capacity-building and technical assistance for effective family engagement strategies by promoting district flexibility to identify programming that works best for individual communities.
July was an exciting month for National PTA’s public policy objectives, but we still need State leadership and PTA member assistance to see these items through successfully. While it may seem like August is not a good time to reach out to your members of Congress because they are not in Washington, it actually presents a great opportunity for state PTA leaders to meet with their state’s Congressional members in their districts. These meetings can be used to voice support for the ESEA-NCLB reauthorization and the Family Engagement in Education Act, as well as create new or strengthen existing relationships with members and staff. As a state leader, you are in a unique position to establish yourself as an excellent resource that members of Congress and their staff can turn to for information on federal legislation dealing with all aspects of education. Additionally, encouraging your local members to utilize Congressional recesses to make a connection with state Senators and Representatives can go a long way in garnering support for PTA’s legislative priorities.
National PTA offers its leaders and members many resources for providing effective advocacy. You can visit our advocacy page at www.pta.org/advocacy to find information on PTA’s federal public policy agenda. The advocacy website also has links for an advocacy toolkit to help members and state leaders maximize their local grassroots organizing efforts. Read our blog every Thursday to get PTA Government Affairs updates and great ideas for advocacy and grassroots efforts.