Research shows that family engagement in a child’s education increases student achievement, improves attendance and reduces dropout rates. The Family Engagement in Education Act of 2015 seeks to target capacity-building and technical assistance for effective family engagement strategies by promoting district flexibility to identify programming that works best for individual communities.

What PTAs Can Do

As a PTA leader, you are in a unique position to establish yourself as an excellent resource that members of Congress and their staff can turn to for information on federal legislation dealing with all aspects of education. Encouraging your local PTA members to utilize congressional recesses to make a connection with state senators and representatives can go a long way in garnering support for PTA’s legislative priorities.

National PTA offers its leaders and members many additional resources for providing effective advocacy. Visit our advocacy page on the website www.pta.org to find information on PTA’s federal public policy agenda and a toolkit to help members and state leaders maximize their local grassroots organizing efforts.