Today, First Focus on Children submitted the following statement for the record to members of the Subcommittee on the Constitution and Limited Government.

Excerpt from the Testimony

Instead, we urge the Subcommittee to promote constructive community and parental engagement and civility. As Arnold F. Fege and John H. Jackson explain, “There is a growing realization that not only is the school the center of the community, but the community is the center of the school.”14 They cite a growing community schools movement that includes “high-quality education and cradle-to-career youth programming, physical-and mental-health support, workforce development, affordable housing, and community leadership.”15 Their vision of community engagement would provide a far better future for our children than the culture wars and political divisiveness that others seek to impose upon kids.

Read the complete testimony here.