Heidi May Wilson, Senior Manager, Media Relations
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (Jan. 24, 2019)—The following statement can be attributed to National PTA President Jim Accomando:
“The partial government shutdown is impacting families, students and schools across the country in all areas. National PTA urges Congress and the Administration to come together immediately to address the shutdown and enact a bipartisan compromise that ends this impasse.
“Among the areas impacted, the shutdown has trapped important funds for school meal programs in budget debates. The House-approved FY19 appropriations bill for the U.S. Department of Agriculture must be adopted so students do not go hungry in schools and have the critical resources they need to learn, grow and thrive. Student nutrition and learning should not be caught in the cross hairs of the federal shutdown.
“National PTA encourages our 4 million members to mobilize by reaching out to their members of Congress, urging them to begin negotiations to reopen the government and ensure programs are funded and investments are provided that are essential to the health and success 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 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. For more information, visit PTA.org.