H.R. 2712 (103rd): National Education Goal for Parental Participation Act

103rd Congress, 1993–1994. Text as of Jul 22, 1993 (Introduced).

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HR 2712 IH

103d CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 2712

To establish an additional National Education Goal relating to parental participation in both the formal and informal education of their children, and for other purposes.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

July 22, 1993

Mr. MCCURDY introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Education and Labor


A BILL

To establish an additional National Education Goal relating to parental participation in both the formal and informal education of their children, and for other purposes.

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION l. SHORT TITLE.

    This Act may be cited as the ‘National Education Goal for Parental Participation Act’.

SEC. 2. FINDINGS.

    Congress finds that--

      (1) parents and families are the child’s first and primary teacher and a continuing influence throughout the school years;

      (2) children whose parents are involved in the educational process at home and at school demonstrate higher academic achievement levels than do children who have similar aptitude and family backgrounds and who have parents who are not involved;

      (3) student behavior and achievement improves in schools that establish strong communication with parents and institute programs that utilize the talents of parents in policy formation and implementation;

      (4) recent surveys have shown that while more parents are becoming involved in some way with their child’s education, far too many parents are faced with institutional barriers to involvement;

      (5) effective parental involvement programs that are already in place should be disseminated as models to school districts around the country;

      (6) the Federal Government has established excellent opportunities for parents to become involved in Head Start programs, programs for children who are disabled, and programs for children under chapter 1 of title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965;

      (7) such opportunities need to be provided in other preschool, elementary and secondary programs;

      (8) there is limited research and professional development opportunity for teachers and administrators in implementing parent involvement programs; and

      (9) as a condition that is fundamental to the successful achievement of the first six National Education Goals, parental involvement should be recognized as a Goal in itself.

SEC. 3. NEW EDUCATION GOAL.

    (a) GOAL- It shall be established by the National Education Goals Panel as a National Education Goal, that by the year 2000, every school and home will engage in partnerships that will increase parental involvement and participation in promoting the social, emotional and academic growth of children.

    (b) OBJECTIVES- The objectives of the Goal established under subsection (a) are that--

      (1) every State will develop policies to assist local schools and school districts to establish programs for increasing partnerships that respond to the varying needs of parents and the home, including parents of children who are disadvantaged, bilingual or disabled;

      (2) every school will actively engage parents and families in a partnership which supports the academic work of children at home and shared educational decision-making at school;

      (3) every home will be responsible for creating an environment of respect for education, providing the physical and emotional support needed for learning; and

      (4) parents and families will help to ensure that schools are adequately supported and will hold schools and teachers to high standards of accountability.