Session #2: Focus on the Opportunities: Federal Policies that Impact our Nation’s Kids
Get a comprehensive look at how federal policies affect your communities, schools and kids. Learn how to engage with public policy issues on behalf of every child—from school safety all the way to understanding school data under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). You will leave with a clear picture of the issues and how to cultivate a relationship, accomplish a policy change and ensure your PTA is set up for success at the local, state and federal levels.
Choose one of four workshops:
Keep Kids Safe: Protecting our Nation’s Youth
No parent should fear for their child’s safety every time they leave for school. In this workshop, you will explore the current political climate around school safety and learn how you can play a key role in making communities, schools and students safer. Hear from leaders in the field of school safety and student well-being working to ensure all students learn in a safe and supportive environment.
Show Me the Money: Investing in Kid’s Futures
Public education is our nation’s great equalizer—in our schools, children have access to opportunities, experiences and knowledge. The public education system must be strengthened and supported with adequate funding. Many of our nation’s school facilities still pose significant health and safety threats to students and some schools are unable to invest in their building and campus. Hear from policy experts on how you can urge Congress to continue to invest in our nation's youth and how the 116th Congress plans to improve school buildings and infrastructure.
Turn Opportunity into Reality: Educating Students with Special Needs
In our nation’s education system, students with special needs must have access to opportunities that make them college and career ready. Get overview of current federal policies on special education, including the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) which has not been substantially updated since 2004. Hear from experts in the field as they discuss policies that impact students with special needs and how you can help advocate for all students.
Advocate for Transparent Data: Improving Student Outcomes
Have you ever wondered how your child’s school is performing? The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) requires schools, local school districts and states provide clear and understandable data for parents such as test scores, school environment and money spent per student. Learn what data schools, local school districts and states are required to report, how to find and interpret this data and use this data to take action for kids.