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Education Budget Eliminates Sole Federal Parent Engagement Program

WASHINGTON, D.C. (February 4, 2010) – The National PTA®, the nation’s largest and oldest volunteer child advocacy association, issued the following statement on President Obama’s 2011 budget proposal:

PTA applauds the historic investment in education in President Obama’s 2011 budget proposal. The substantial increase in funding for the Department of Education’s reform initiatives is a critical step in transforming schools to prepare all students for college and career.

However, the consolidation and proposed elimination of the Parental Information and Resource Centers program included in the budget request is of great concern to PTA. This program is the sole federal initiative dedicated to supporting family engagement in education. In its absence, schools and districts would not have the tools necessary to meaningfully partner with families to improve student success, particularly in struggling schools where family involvement is most essential.

Research has demonstrated that family engagement in education raises student achievement regardless of the parents’ education level, ethnicity, or socioeconomic background. In fact, family engagement is so cost-effective that schools would have to spend $1000 per pupil to gain the same results. Eliminating this critical program that serves over 16 million parents annually runs counter to the Department’s goal of directing funds to cost-effective, proven approaches.

PTA urges both Congress and the administration to safeguard this critical program and direct funding toward research-based strategies that engage families in their children’s education. States, districts, and schools rely on this program to provide leadership, training, and technical assistance to engage the most powerful drivers of student achievement and education reform—parents.


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UPDATE: Apparently this is a hoax that has taken in Texas PTA and Fox News. While there apparently is not any known instances of drug dealers using candy-like substances to lure children, the advice to warn your kids against accepting items of unknown origin and especially from strangers is valid.

From the Texas PTA Legislative Alert:

This is a new drug known as ‘strawberry quick ‘:

Strawberry Quick--a form of methampetamines sometimes given to children that looks like candy

There is a very scary thing going on in the schools right now that we all need to be aware of.

There is a type of crystal meth going around that looks like strawberry pop rocks (the candy that sizzles and ‘pops’ in your mouth). It also smells like strawberry and it is being handed out to kids in school yards. They are calling it strawberry meth or strawberry quick.

Kids are ingesting this thinking that it is candy and are being rushed off to the hospital in dire condition. It also comes in chocolate, peanut butter, cola, cherry, grape and orange.

Strawberry Quick-style methamphetamine in a plastic bag with a label

Please instruct your children not to accept candy from strangers – not even candy that looks like this from a friend (who may have been given it and believed it is candy) They should take any of this “candy” that they may have to a teacher, principal or parent immediately.

Pass this email on to as many people as you can (even if they don’t have kids) so that we can raise awareness and hopefully prevent any tragedies from occurring.


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