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Letter to House Rules Committee Supporting Patrick Murphy Amendment

June 01, 2009

Dear Representative:

On behalf of the National Education Association’s (NEA) 3.2 million members, we would like to urge the support of the Rules Committee for an amendment offered by Representative Patrick Murphy to the Federal Employees Paid Parental Leave Act of 2009 (H.R. 626), which would broaden the definition of allowable reasons for taking non-paid leave by allowing federal employees up to 24 hours per year to attend a child’s school activities or routine medical appointments. 

Parents who are active participants in the education of their children increase the likelihood of the achievement of educational excellence.  Studies show that, regardless of family income or background, students with involved parents are more likely to:

  • Earn higher grades and test scores, and enroll in higher-level programs
  • Be promoted, pass their classes, and earn credits
  • Attend school regularly
  • Have better social skills, show improved behavior, and adapt well to school

By facilitating parental participating in their children’s school activities, the Murphy amendment would help ensure the parental involvement so essential to helping each student achieve his or her full potential.  We urge the Rules Committee to allow the Murphy amendment to go forward for floor debate and vote. 


Diane Shust
Director of Government Relations

Randall Moody
Manager of Federal Advocacy