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Letter to the Education and the Workforce Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education

September 20, 2011

Dear Representative:

The National Education Association, representing 3.2 million educators across the nation, would like to share with you the enclosed materials in advance of tomorrow’s hearing in the Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education: “Education Reform: Ensuring the Education System is Accountable to Parents and Communities.”

Attached for your information and use are an NEA issue brief, “Accountability: A Shared Responsibility,” and fact sheets on real-life examples of the value of parental involvement and community engagement in six locations:

Teachers are deeply committed to the success of every child. But in these changing times, providing every child with a world-class education requires more from all of us. Teaching and learning can’t just occur in the classroom. We need effective partnerships that hold all stakeholders accountable: teachers, parents, students, schools, communities, and elected officials.
We hope the enclosed materials will be useful to you as Congress moves forward on these critical issues. Thank you for your attention to this important information.


Kim Anderson        
Director of Government Relations

Mary Kusler
Manager of Federal Advocacy