Yesterday the Family Engagement in Education Act (H.R. 5211), which aims to promote family involvement in primary and secondary education, was introduced to the House of Representatives.
According to a PTA press release, the bill, which has bipartisan support, "would provide incentives to districts and schools to implement best practices, such as parent leadership academies, placing family engagement coordinators in schools, and professional development for educators on how to partner with families."
The Family Engagement in Education Act would also enhance Parental Information and Resource Centers (PIRCs), the only federal program for parent engagement. Dee Jones of the Indiana PTA recently guest-blogged on Mom Congress urging government officials to preserve the program.