NAPE’s Public Policy team continuously tracks legislation that addresses access, equity, and diversity in classrooms and the workplace. Because of the various ways through which education and workforce equity is advanced, NAPE follows and works on a diverse array of legislation, ranging from education bills to immigration reform to welfare policy, and more. NAPE disseminates information about its public policy and advocacy work via several methods:
- Developing an annual Public Policy Agenda.
- Sending special Policy Blasts and monthly Public Policy Updates to members via its members-only email list.
- Hosting Public Policy Day on Capitol Hill during its annual Professional Development Institute.
- Maintaining legislation-specific webpages, which provide a summary of the legislation; why it is relevant to NAPE’s mission; its current status; recommendations for legislative action; and a list of additional resources.
Each year during its Professional Development Institute, NAPE names a Public Policy Legislator of the Year and a Public Policy Advocate for Equity. Congratulations to the awardees!
Congressman Robert “Bobby” C. Scott (D-VA), 2014 Public Policy Legislator of the Year
Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), 2014 Public Policy Legislator of the Year
Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), 2013 Public Policy Legislator of the Year
Susan Rees, former WOW Director, 2013 Public Policy Advocate
Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), 2012 Public Policy Legislator of the Year
Lisa Maatz, Director of Public Policy and Government Relations, AAUW, 2012 Public Policy Advocate
It is the mission of the Public Policy Committee to represent the interest of NAPE, its members, and constituents before Congress and federal agencies, and to inform and educate NAPE staff and constituents about key public policy issues and empower them to address and influence the effect these policies may have on state legislation. In keeping with this mission, the Public Policy Committee provides monitoring and advocacy on federal and state legislation and other issues that could affect the mission of NAPE, and it makes recommendations to the NAPE Board of Directors about such legislation and issues.
For more information about NAPE’s Public Policy activities, please contact Lisa Ransom, Director of Public Policy, at firstname.lastname@example.org.