January 1, 2010
Massie Ritsch, Deputy Assistant Secretary for External Affairs and Outreach Services, Office of Communications and Outreach, US DOE, came to the January 27th 2010 meeting to discuss ESEA reauthorization and President Obama's upcoming State of the Union address.
Massie's time was limited due to Obama's speech that evening so our ability to learn more about how ESEA reauthorization was going to support family engagement was also limited. But we have subsequently learned through Obama's 2011 budget recommendations that our long fought for Parent Involvement Resource Centers (PIRCs) are to be eliminated with ESEA reauthorization. We are going to need everyone's voice to let Congress know that we do not want the PIRCs eliminated! Read the NCPIE Update for January 2010.