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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). Read a summary and funding breakdown 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. Encourage your member of Congress to support the Family Engagement in Education Act by speaking up on PTA's Takes Action Network.

The following members of Congress are cosponsors of the bill:

               House of Representatives
  • Rep. McCarthy, Carolyn [D-NY-4]
  • Rep. Barletta, Lou [R-PA-11]
  • Rep. Connolly, Gerald E. [D-VA-11]
  • Rep. Loebsack, David [D-IA-2]
  • Rep. Norton, Eleanor Holmes [D-DC]
  • Rep. McGovern, James P. [D-MA-2]
  • Rep. Price, David E. [D-NC-4]
  • Rep. Cartwright, Matt [D-PA-17]
  • Rep. Vargas, Juan [D-CA-51]
  • Rep. Wilson, Frederica S. [D-FL-24]
  • Rep. Lynch, Stephen F. [D-MA-8]
  • Rep. Cohen, Steve [D-TN-9]
  • Rep. Lowenthal, Alan S. [D-CA-47]
  • Rep. Graves, Sam [R-MO-6]
  • Rep. Davis, Rodney [R-IL-13]
  • Rep. Schock, Aaron [R-IL-18]
  • Rep. Gerlach, Jim [R-PA-6]
  • Rep. Chu, Judy [D-CA-27]
  • Rep. Rigell, E. Scott [R-VA-2]
  • Rep. Reed, Tom [R-NY-23]
  • Rep. Roskam, Peter J. [R-IL-6]
  • Rep. Ros-Lehtinen, Ileana [R-FL-27]
  • Rep. King, Peter T. [R-NY-2]
  • Rep. Langevin, James R. [D-RI-2]
  • Rep. Perlmutter, Ed [D-CO-7]
  • Rep. Walden, Greg [R-OR-2]
  • Rep. McDermott, Jim [D-WA-7]
  • Rep. Brownley, Julia [D-CA-26]
  • Rep. Moore, Gwen [D-WI-4]
  • Rep. Scott, David [D-GA-13]
  • Rep. Shea-Porter, Carol [D-NH-1]
  • Rep. Van Hollen, Chris [D-MD-8]
  • Rep. Brown, Corine [D-FL-5]
  • Rep. Pingree, Chellie [D-ME-1]
  • Rep. Cicilline, David [D-RI-1]
  • Rep. Michaud, Michael [D-ME-AL]
  • Rep. Collins, Chris [R-NY-27]
  • Sen. Coons, Christopher A. [D-DE]
  • Sen. Whitehouse, Sheldon [D-RI]
  • Sen. Merkley, Jeff [D-OR]
  • Sen. Franken, Al [D-MN]
  • Sen. Durbin, Richard [D-IL]
  • Sen. Hirono, Mazie K. [D-HI]
  • Sen. Johnson, Tim [D-SD]






















What PTAs Can Do

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. 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 additional resources for providing effective advocacy. Visit our advocacy page to find information on PTA’s federal public policy agenda and a 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 ideas for your advocacy and grassroots efforts.