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Foxx, Stefanik Ask if ESEA’s Parent Engagement Provisions are Being Upheld

WASHINGTON – Today, Republican Leader of the Education and Labor Committee Virginia Foxx (R-NC) and House Conference Chair Elise Stefanik (R-NY) sent a letter to Government Accountability Office (GAO) Comptroller General Gene Dodaro requesting information on whether provisions in the nation’s primary elementary and secondary education law supporting parent engagement are being implemented. 

In the letter, the Members write: “With virtual classrooms and remote learning taking place in homes, parents across the country saw firsthand what and how their children were – and were not – learning. This increased awareness has led to an uptick in parental interest and engagement in their children’s education.”

The Members continue: “In light of these developments, effective implementation of the provisions in section 1116 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) can offer school districts and schools a powerful tool to embrace parents as indispensable partners and further involve them in the educational decision-making impacting their children.”

Read the full letter to Comptroller General Dodaro here.

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