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Family Engagement in Education Act

On March 02, 2015 the Family Engagement in Education Act of 2015 (S. 622/H.R. 1194) was introduced by U.S. Senators Jack Reed (D-RI), Christopher Coons (D-DE), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Representatives Glenn Thompson (R-PA) and Mark Desaulnier (D-CA). Read a summary of this important legislation that is intended to strengthen families' engagement in their education of their children.

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 2015 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. Through the advocacy efforts of PTA members, some of the provisions of the Family Engagement in Education Act were included in the reauthorization of the Every Student Suceeds Act (ESSA) of 2015. Click here to view National PTA's resource document to learn more about the family engagement provisions in ESSA. 

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.