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Parents Invited to Join White House/PTA Briefing Online

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Parents can join the conversation on Twitter during a Friday, August 10 White House meeting with Parent Teacher Association (PTA) leaders about challenges facing our nation's schools and communities. To participate, use the hashtag #WHPTA.

Visiting the White House for the daylong briefing will be 150 PTA leaders representing 41 states. They will meet with top Administration officials to discuss education.

Director of the Domestic Policy Council Cecilia Munoz will participate in a live "Open for Questions" event moderated by National PTA President Betsy Landers. The PTA is soliciting questions from their members about child advocacy and education through PTA.org and also on Twitter.

Among the topics to be tackled throughout the day are:

  • The potential impact of sequestration on public education;
  • The implementation of the Elementary and Secondary Act (ESEA) Flexibility;
  • Family engagement in education;
  • School nutrition; and,
  • Student health and safety.

According to a release from the National PTA, top White House and Department of Education officials will engage in open dialogue with PTA volunteers from the local, state, and national levels in an effort to glean valuable insights from the nation's parents and families.

During the day's events, 12 PTA members will be honored as White House Champions of Change for their dedication to improving educational equity and opportunity for all children through involvement in PTA.

Parents and community members can watch the events live and learn more at WhiteHouse.gov/Champions. Live stream events include:

  • PTA leaders briefing at 9:30 a.m. EDT,
  • "Open for Questions" online Q&A at noon EDT and
  • The Champions of Change event at 2 p.m. EDT.
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