NAPE 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.

We disseminate information about our public policy and advocacy work to members via several methods:

NAPE's Public Policy Agenda

NAPE develops an annual Public Policy Agenda and strives to provide leadership in the following areas: Advocating on behalf of key equity issues in education; providing national professional development; increasing public awareness materials for equity in education, and collaborating with organizations that have similar missions.

Public Policy Updates

NAPE sends special Policy Blasts and monthly Public Policy Updates to members via its members-only email list. We also publish the "News from Washington" section on our website to help our members remain informed of important policy updates.

Public Policy Day

NAPE hosts Public Policy Day on Capitol Hill during its annual National Summit for Educational Equity (Summit). Public Policy is a core component of the Summit and includes numerous Public Policy workshop sessions as well as meetings with policymakers during member and participant visits to Capitol Hill.

Legislation-specific Webpages

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

2019 Public Policy Day Highlights

Chairman, House Committee on Education and Labor Bobby Scott (D-VA)
Congresswoman Jahana Hayes (D-CT)
Subcommittee Chairwoman for Military Personnel on the House Armed Services Committee Jackie Speier (D-CA)
Assistant Secretary U.S. Department of Education Scott Stump and NAPE Public Policy Committee Chairman Michael Tinsley

2019 NAPE Public Policy Leadership Award Winners

Senator Lamar Alexander

Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN)

Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-CA)

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

Public Policy Committee

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).

For more information about NAPE’s Public Policy activities,
please contact Lisa Ransom, Senior Policy Advisor, at lransom@napequity.org.