ALEXANDRIA, Va., (July 14, 2016)—The following statement can be attributed to National PTA President Laura Bay:
“This morning, the U.S. House of Representatives Appropriations Committee passed a spending bill that would fund programs within the Department of Labor, Department of Health and Human Services and Department of Education for Fiscal Year 2017.
“National PTA is extremely disappointed that the Statewide Family Engagement Centers program is not funded in the bill and that overall funding for education is reduced by an astounding $1.3 billion.
“Opportunity starts and ends with access to a great education. Federal investment and family engagement are critical to ensure all children receive a high-quality education that enables them to reach their full potential.
“For years, PTA members and families nationwide have advocated for the prioritization of family engagement in education, as it has proven to make a difference in student achievement and school improvement efforts.
“On both sides of the aisle, members of Congress talk about the importance of education and family engagement for children and the nation’s long-term success. If policymakers are truly serious about the essential role of education and families, then funding must be dedicated toward that end.
“National PTA remains committed to ensuring Congress invests in education and family engagement so that every child’s potential becomes a reality.”
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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 family engagement 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.