Rideout named to National PTA

Judge Stephen W. Rideout (ret.)

Judge Stephen W. Rideout (ret.)

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Judge Stephen W. Rideout (ret.) of Cambridge, has been appointed to the Board of Directors for National PTA. Based in Washington, DC, National PTA is the largest volunteer child advocacy association in the nation, comprising millions of families, students, teachers, administrators, and business and community leaders. As one of only 25 members of the Board of Directors, Judge Rideout has demonstrated his commitment to making a difference for the education, health, safety and well-being of all children.

“Steve is a fierce advocate for children and education, and we are proud to have him on our Board of Directors,” said Jim Accomando, president of National PTA. “His experience, leadership, passion and dedication will be tremendous assets to National PTA, our members, staff and Board as we work together to take action for children across the country.”

Judge Rideout is a father and grandfather of public school students and has served on many boards and advisory committees. Most recently, he consulted on child welfare and juvenile justice issues with the Pennsylvania Permanency Barriers Project of the ABA Center on Children and the Law. He was also a faculty co-leader for a Breakthrough Collaborative Series for Casey Family Programs, focusing on reunification of children in state foster care systems.

As Chief Judge of the Alexandria Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court from 1989-2004, Judge Rideout led and supported several projects that resulted in improved services and outcomes for the children and families in Alexandria, Va. He led the Alexandria Pilot Family Court Project for the Commonwealth of Virginia and was a member of several state task forces that addressed issues of juvenile delinquency, gangs and custody. He also worked with Virginia’s Court Improvement Program to improve systems collaboration regarding cases of abuse and neglect of children and termination of parental rights.

Judge Rideout is a member and past chair of the Board of Directors of Foster Care Alumni of America. He also has served on the Legislative Committee of the Maryland Municipal League and is a Commissioner for the City of Cambridge. Additionally, Judge Rideout received the 2012-2013 Maryland Comptroller’s Golden Apple Award for volunteering in the Dorchester County, Public Schools, where he has advocated for reading support for young students and more community volunteerism in the county’s schools.

As a member of National PTA’s Board of Directors, Judge Rideout will work in concert with the association’s governance team and staff to build upon programs and priorities that support families and improve the lives and futures of our nation’s children. He will also help ensure the execution of the association’s mission and strategic plan to speak for every child with one voice. Judge Rideout will serve a two-year term. The position is a volunteer role.

National PTA is the conscience of the country for children issues. Through advocacy, as well as family and community education, National PTA has established programs and called for legislation that has improved children’s lives, including the creation of kindergarten classes, child labor laws, hot and healthy lunch programs, the juvenile justice system, mandatory immunization and arts in education.

Today, National PTA is focused on advocating to ensure children have access to nutritious foods in schools, are kept safe from violence, and are college and career-ready upon graduation from high school as well as for increased investments in public education and family engagement activities.

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