From the latest issue of Kettering News and Notes:
When the National Parent Teacher Association (PTA) hosts its National Council of States meeting later this month in Alexandria, Virginia, PTA leaders from 50 states and 3 jurisdictions will address the achievement gap. They will use the Kettering Foundation issue guide Too Many Children Left Behind: How Can We Close the Achievement Gap? to generate dialogue on the gap in academic performance between minority and nonminority students on standardized tests. PTA leadership is encouraging greater focus on issues that directly affect outcomes for children and families who live in urban school districts. In turn, the PTA hopes to increase its membership in those districts. A further goal is that the forum experience on the achievement gap will be taken back to the communities to continue the discussion. Veteran NIF moderators Patty Dineen, Michelle Scott, and Robert Walker will facilitate the day-long deliberations.