If you were at the Mom Congress on Education and Learning conference in D.C. this April, you heard National PTA President-Elect Betsy Landers announce the Family Engagement in Education Act. This bill incentivizes districts to actively encourage family involvement in closing the achievement gap. The National PTA website states, "This bill also strengthens and safeguards the sole federal parent engagement program, the Parental Information and Resource Centers (PIRCs)." I know that preserving funding for PIRC is something many of us care deeply about.
On May 10th, Republicans and Democrats introduced the bill in the Senate and the US House. Now it’s time to ask your member of congress to show her support for this legislation by becoming a cosponsor.
Congressman Todd Platts (R-PA), Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY), Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) and Senator Christopher Coons (D-DE) introduced the bill and they could use your support to keep it moving forward.
Go to the National PTA website to learn more about the Family Engagement in Education Act of 2011 and for an easy way to send a message to your local representative.