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National PTA Applauds Conference Committee Meeting on ESEA Reauthorization

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Heidi May Wilson, Media Relations Manager

ALEXANDRIA, Va., (Nov. 18, 2015) Today, the U.S. Senate passed a motion to proceed with a conference committee to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act/No Child Left Behind (ESEA/NCLB), following a motion passed by the U.S. House of Representatives on Nov. 17.

Lawmakers named to the committee from the House and Senate will meet this afternoon to reconcile the differences between the reauthorization bills that were passed by the two chambers in July.

Reauthorization of ESEA/NCLB has long been a key public policy priority of National PTA. The association has been consistently advocating for a comprehensive, bipartisan reauthorization and enhancements to the law that prioritize family engagement, which is essential to student success and school improvement efforts.

National PTA President Laura Bay issued the following statement in reaction to the news of the conference committee meeting:

“National PTA is encouraged by the conference committee meeting on the reauthorization of ESEA/NCLB. While this brings us one step closer, it is essential that Congress pass a final bill before the new year and provide critical resources to states and schools to strengthen family engagement and improve education so that every child has the opportunity to reach his or her full potential.

“Families have waited for more than eight years for the reauthorization of ESEA/NCLB. National PTA remains committed to ensuring a comprehensive, bipartisan bill is signed into law this year that includes robust family engagement provisions and supports the achievement of every child.”

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.