ALEXANDRIA, Va., (July 14, 2015) — This afternoon, the U.S. Senate passed an amendment to the Every Child Achieves Act that would provide states and districts the capacity and necessary resources to implement family engagement strategies that are proven to make a difference for students and schools. The Every Child Achieves Act would reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act/No Child Left Behind (ESEA/NCLB), the primary law governing the federal role in K-12 education.
“National PTA firmly believes that family engagement is at the core of student success and school improvement efforts. The association has been advocating for improvements to the ESEA/NCLB that prioritize family engagement as it is proven to positively impact student achievement and school performance,” said Laura Bay, president of National PTA.
“National PTA commends Senators Michael Bennet (D-CO) and Jack Reed (D-RI) for their leadership in offering the amendment and applauds the Senate for its bipartisan commitment to the importance of family engagement to ensure every child succeeds and reaches his/her full potential,” added Nathan R. Monell, CAE, National PTA executive director.
The amendment reauthorizes the Parental Information and Resource Centers (PIRC) program as Statewide Family Engagement Centers (SFEC). These centers would provide states and districts with the capacity to support effective implementation and enhancement of family engagement policies, programs and activities that improve student development and academic achievement.
“Engaging families in all aspects of our children’s education is critical to their success, so I’m pleased the Senate adopted our amendment to the Every Child Achieves Act to include Statewide Family Engagement Centers to help schools effectively partner with families,” Senator Reed said. “Increasing resources to strengthen family involvement is a smart and effective strategy to improve school communities and our economy, which depends on well-rounded students and a well-educated workforce.” In addition to offering the Statewide Family Engagement Centers amendment, Senator Reed also authored the Family Engagement in Education Act of 2015.
National PTA remains committed to working with Congress to reauthorize the ESEA/NCLB this year and ensure the law strengthens family engagement and provides educational equity for all children and their families.
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.