Public Policy

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.

Frontline Legislation: Profiles and One-Pagers

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.

State Fact Sheets

Click here to view and download fact sheets from each state.

NAPE Annual Report

Click here to view and download NAPE's latest annual report.

The Latest from NAPE's Public Policy Blog

Data Matters in Determining CTE Equity

On Nov. 2-4, the US Dept. of Education (USDOE) Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE) held its annual Data Quality Institute (DQI) in Washington, DC. The theme of this year‚Äôs DQI was ‚ÄúIdentifying and Addressing Equity Gaps in CTE.‚ÄĚ 


Court Ruling on Title IX Sexual Harassment Regulations in Higher Education

ON BEHALF OF ACTING ASSISTANT SECRETARY SUZANNE B. GOLDBERG  On August 24,¬†the Office for Civil Rights¬†issued¬†a¬†letter¬†to students, educators, and other stakeholders¬†regarding a recent court decision that impacts¬†how¬†the¬†Title IX regulations¬†on sexual harassment¬†are¬†applied¬†at colleges and universities.¬†¬†¬† In a case challenging several provisions



America‚Äôs Women Commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment

In celebration of America’s 100th anniversary of the women’s suffrage movement and the enactment of the 19th Amendment, the National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity (NAPE), in conjunction with its partners and essay contributors, is proud to present an anthology of inspiring essays by a diverse group of women regarding the enactment of the 19th Amendment entitled, Many Facets: America’s Women Commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment.

NAPE Celebrates Title IX 48th Year Anniversary – “Voices from the Field”

The National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity (NAPE) and NAPE’s Public Policy Committee recognizes the tremendous educational opportunities and advancements made by women and girls as a direct result of this “ceiling cracking” federal law by sharing Voices from the Field, a compilation of insights about the importance of Title IX from a few of our ground-game education equity architects from Oregon to Tennessee to our nation’s capital.

Enacted in 1972, Title IX gives each gender equal rights and access to educational programs, activities, and federal financial assistance and forbids sexual discrimination and harassment. For nearly 50 years, Title IX has broadened the road of education equity rights, access, and opportunity for women and girls, helping them to realize their full potential.

With so much turmoil about the status of Title IX provisions and related pending lawsuits, NAPE wants to “remind” all of us about how Title IX has combatted the educational inequities faced by women and girls since the 1970s by prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sex in all federally funded education programs and activities, thereby opening the door for equal education and safety in EVERY school in the nation.

We invite you to join us in celebrating the 48th anniversary of Title IX, by hearing from those tireless Voices in the Field and, in so doing, remember how the legislation introduced by Senator Birch Bayh, Congresswoman Edith Green, and Congresswoman Patsy Mink in the 92nd Congress broadened the path of access and opportunity in education and sports for women and girls throughout America.

2021 NAPE Public Policy Leadership Award Winners

Past Award Winners

2019: Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-CA)
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 ‚ÄúBobby‚ÄĚ 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 legislation. In keeping with this mission, the Public Policy Committee provides monitoring and advocacy on federal 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).