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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It’s time to nominate someone (or yourself) to serve on the Myers PTA executive board
Virginia A. Myers PTA officer elections are coming up! Here is a list of positions available on the board, and a brief description of their duties:
- President – Presides over each meeting; coordinates the work of the officers and committees; is responsible for contracts and financial paperwork
- 1st Vice President of Membership – Presides in absence of president; is aide to the president; is in charge of membership
- 2nd Vice President of Ways and Means – Presides in absence of president in designated order and oversees/coordinates fundraising
- 3rd Vice President of Volunteers – Presides in absence of president in designated order and coordinates volunteer efforts
- Secretary – Records minutes of all meetings; maintains certain records
- Treasurer – Has custody of all the funds; keeps books of account and records; responsible for presenting financial reports
To serve on the PTA board, you must have completed a criminal background check. You may do so online by going here. You must also be a member of the Virginia A. Myers PTA prior to taking office. You may still join by sending your $6.00 membership dues in an envelope with your name, address, and phone number, along with your child or children’s name, teacher and grade.
If you would like to nominate yourself or someone you know to serve on the Virginia Myers PTA executive board, please provide the following information:
- Name of nominee
- Position nominated for
- Phone number of nominee
- Is nominee a member of the Virginia A. Myers PTA?
- Has nominee completed a criminal background check?
- Your name (if different from nominee)
- Relation to nominee
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Desiree Arenas, PTA President, at DesireeArenas_PTA@hotmail.com.
Thank you for supporting Myers PTA!
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On behalf of the teachers, staff,
and students at
Virginia A. Myers Elementary
we’d like to extend a heartfelt “Thank You”
for volunteering this Fall.
We wish to recognize your efforts and
ask for you to please join us for our
Winter Volunteer Appreciation Reception,
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
The success of our school functions and special events
is only possible through the
support and participation of our
If you have any questions or concerns,
please feel free to contact:
Laurie Freeze LaurieFreeze@sbcglobal.net, 860-1266
Desiree Arenas DesireeArenas_PTA@hotmail.com
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