Breaking News from America's Progressive Community...
14, 1998 8:03 AM
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: National PTA / National School Boards Association (NSBA)
Jennifer Brown of NPTA, 202-289-6790,
or Renee Williams of NSBA, 703-838-6717
|PTA, School Boards Association to Campaign Against School Vouchers
- September 14 - The National PTA and the National School Boards Association (NSBA) have
come together in an effort to push Congress to support public schools and vote no on
vouchers. The groups have launched the Protect America's Public Schools campaign, a series
of print ads, an action kit, toll-free number, and a website that helps citizens contact
their members of Congress to encourage them to support public education not private school
"NSBA and National PTA initiated the Protect America's Public Schools campaign to send a pro-public education message to Congress this fall," said National PTA President Lois Jean White. "Our organizations believe that public education is vital to America's well-being, and advocates for effective schools that provide excellent educational opportunities that leave no children behind."
The heart of the campaign is three print advertisements that explain why vouchers are bad for the nation's children. The ads also carry a toll-free number for an action kit that will include background materials on vouchers, information on how to contact members of Congress, and ways to involve other community members in the campaign. The ads are scheduled to appear in The Washington Post and Roll Call.
"Our nation's public school children need a fair chance. This campaign sends a strong message to Congress that vouchers don't solve the problem," said Anne Bryant, NSBA executive director. "Real improvement and increased student achievement will occur when Congress starts focusing on public school needs rather than distractions like vouchers that will impact only a small number of students."
The campaign's toll-free number is 877-BE4KIDS. The Protect America's Public Schools website may be accessed from the National PTA's or the NSBA's websites at, www.pta.org/be4kids or www.nsba.org/be4kids .
The National PTA is the largest volunteer child advocacy organization in the United States. A not-for-profit organization of parents, educators, students, and other citizens active in their schools and communities, the PTA is a leader in reminding our nation of its obligation to children.
The National School Boards Association is a national advocacy organization representing the 95,000 local school board members who govern the nation's public schools. The organization's mission is to foster excellence and equity in public elementary and secondary education throughout the United States through local school board leadership.
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