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Mom Congress Gets to Work in Washington, D.C.!

 

From left: Susan Kane (Parenting Editor-in-Chief), Melinda George, Supriya Jindal, Lily Eskelsen, Randi Weingarten, and Robert Manuel

Exciting news from the Education front! Last week, a team of Parenting editors met with members of the Mom Congress Advisory Board in Washington, D.C. to discuss the most important issues in Education. The event was hosted by one of our board members, Dean Robert L. Manuel of the Georgetown University School of Continuing Education (Mom Congress' education provider).

And now, we're all fired up! The stories we heard from our board members – advocates and educators who have really been down in the trenches, fighting for better schools – were inspiring, shocking, and heartwarming. We left with some great ideas about how we (and you!) can join their fight.

Melinda George (Senior Director of PBS.org) had some great advice for how today's technologies – texting, social media, etc. – can be brought into the classroom as teaching tools (instead of being banned, as most are now).
    Supriya Jindal, the first lady of Louisiana, also stressed the importance of technology in the classroom, and the need for students to be brought up to speed in science and math.
      Randi Weingarten (President of the American Federation of Teachers) and Lily Eskelsen (Vice President of the National Education Association) urged us all to find out how much money our state and our school district is getting from the economic stimulus package, and to demand that some of the money be used to pay teachers' salaries, instead of laying them off and inflating our kids' class sizes!

        So what's next? First, we're completely devoted to helping you understand the complicated issues that affect your child's education. We're going to give you the tools to talk to your school boards and state representatives. We're also going to take a long, hard look at No Child Left Behind, which is up for reauthorization this year.

        Stay tuned for more from Mom Congress!

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