Public Policy

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Panelists from the Departments of Education and Labor speak in the Congressional Auditorium, Public Policy Day 2015

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:

In addition, NAPE has developed media and advocacy toolkits and maintains a webpage of general policy resources for its state and affiliate members.

Each year during its Professional Development Institute, NAPE announces its Public Policy Leadership Awards. Congratulations to the award winners!

2015 Award Winners: Congressman Ruben Hinojosa (D-TX) and the Congressional Career and Technical Education Caucus

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Congressman Ruben Hinojosa (D-TX)

Congressman Glenn “GT” Thompson (R-PA), Co-Chair of Congressional CTE Caucus

Congressman James Langevin (D-RI), Co-Chair of Congressional CTE Caucus


Past Award Winners: Senator Patty Murray (D-WI) (2014) and Congressman Robert “Bobby” Scott (D-VA) (2014),  Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) (2013) and Susan Rees (2013), Senator Barbara Mikulski (2012) and Lisa Maatz, AAUW (2012)

Learn more about these awards

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.

NAPE’s Public Policy Committee is chaired by Lou Ann Hargrave (OK). You can join the Public Policy Committee by completing this form.

NAPE really puts everything into perspective…a big picture of how policy will eventually trickle down and affect practice.—State member


For more information about NAPE’s Public Policy activities, please contact Lisa Ransom, Senior Policy Advisor, at