Keeping PACE Organizational Support Letter draft

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Description: Keeping PACE Organizational Support Letter draft KENNEDY ON THE KEEPING PARENTS AND COMMUNITIES ENGAGED ACT **Remarks and bill summary included below May 3, 2007 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE WASHINGTON, D.C—Today, April 13, 2007, Senator Edward M. Kennedy released the following statement on the Keeping Parents and Communities Engaged (PACE) Act. By authorizing more than $260 million dollars of funding for each fiscal year from 2008 to 2012, this bill will provide schools with the means to become centers of their communities, better engage students and help them succeed. The Keeping Parents and Communities Engaged Act amends Title V of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (No Child Left Behind Act of 2001) to expand parent and family involvement in schools, engage community partners in meeting the comprehensive needs of students, and address high dropout rates among at-risk children. Senator Kennedy said, “Educators recognize – on the basis of social science and common experience – that parents' effective involvement is a critical element in children’s academic and social development. Effective parental engagement, as well as community-based, integrated student services, often make the difference between the academic success and failure of students in school.” (As prepared for delivery) Mr. President, I’m pleased today to introduce the Keeping Parents and Communities Engaged or Keeping PACE Act, to foster greater involvement of parents in their children’s education, engage community partners in supporting the comprehensive learning needs of students in school, as well as to address our nation’s high dropout rate. It’s clear that engaged parents can make a positive difference in students’ achievement. Parents are their children’s first teachers, and they have immense influence over their children’s attitudes, focus, priorities and goals. Well-informed parents are more likely to be involved, to ask questions, to suggest constructive changes and to make