Public Policy

House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer speaking during Public Policy Day 2016

House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer speaking during Public Policy Day 2016

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:

House Education and Labor Committee Chairman Bobby Scott

Congresswoman Jahana Hayes

Subcommittee Chairwoman for Military Personnel on the House Armed Services Committee Jackie Speier


Assistant Secretary U.S. Department of Education
Scott Stump and NAPE Public Policy Committee
Chairman Michael Tinsley

Each year during its National Summit for Educational Equity, NAPE announces its Public Policy Leadership Awards. Congratulations to the award winners!

2019 Award Winners

Past Award Winners

2018: Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL)
2017: Senator Patty Murray (D-WA),  Senator Maize Hirono (D-HI), Congresswoman Susan Davis (D-CA)
2016: Congressman John Kline (R-MN), Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge (D-OH), and Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) and Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA), Co-Chairs of Senate CTE Caucus
2015: Congressman Ruben Hinojosa (D-TX) and Congressman Glenn “GT” Thompson (R-PA) and Congressman James Langevin (D-RI), Co-Chairs of Congressional CTE Caucus
2014: Senator Patty Murray (D-WI) and Congressman Robert “Bobby” Scott (D-VA)
2013: Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Susan Rees
2012: Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) and Lisa Maatz, AAUW

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 Michael Tinsley (TN). 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