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Family Engagement in Education Act Introduced in Congress

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Bipartisan legislation that would encourage the creation of stronger family-school partnerships was introduced in Congress on July 11.

The Family Engagement in Education Act seeks to help states build the necessary infrastructure to get parents more involved in their local public schools.

"When parents are involved with their children's education it not only improves schools but also strengthens communities," U.S. Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I., the bill's sponsor, said in a press release.

The legislation would set aside 0.3 percent of Title I administrative funds to bolster state capacity building efforts and create statewide family engagement centers. The legislation would support local strategies to encourage more parental involvement in schools as a means to support student achievement.

"National PTA firmly believes that family engagement is at the core of children's success," National PTA President Otha Thornton said in a press release. "This bipartisan legislation is crucial in maintaining partnerships between families, schools, and the community that ensure student success."

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