March 30, 2011
Dear NCPIE Members and Friends,
Our next NCPIE meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, March 30th. The meeting will be held at NEA, 1201 16th Street, Washington, DC, in Conference Room B, with coffee and networking at 9:00. The formal meeting will begin at 9:30.
It's time for a legislative update! Program funding hangs in the balance as Congress debates the federal budget and passes short-term continuing resolutions. President Obama has asked the Congress to fix the flaws in No Child Left Behind and pass a reauthorization by September.
Jacque Minow, senior education policy analyst for National PTA, will give us her assessment of the prospects for ESEA reauthorization and continuation of the PIRCs, what changes may be proposed in the law, the impact of the ongoing budget-cutting on education programs, and the progress of the Family Engagement in Education Act. Arnie Fege, Director of Public Engagement and Advocacy at the Public Education Network, will give us his perspective.
We hope you can join us for this important and informative meeting.
P.S. We had a wonderful memorial celebration to honor Sue Ferguson on March 14th. For those of you who could not come, we want you to know that donations in Sue's name may be sent to the Angelman Syndrome Foundation (ASF), 4255 Westbrook Drive, Suite 219, Aurora, Illinois 60504. Angelman Syndrome is the rare genetic disorder with which Sue and her husband Hal's daughter, Danna, has been diagnosed.
There is also a web page set up on the NPCIE web site, where tributes to Sue have been posted, as well as the obituary that will be running in the Washington Post, and other items. If you would like to add a tribute of your own, please do so.
ANNE T. HENDERSON
Senior Consultant, Community Organizing and Engagement
Annenberg Institute for School Reform
1640 Roxanna Rd., NW
Washington, DC 20012
Ph. 202 882-1582 * Fax 202 882-2138