March 11, 2018
Urge Congress to increase education funding
Congress needs to complete work on the budget for the remainder of FY2018 by March 23, the deadline set by the two-year budget agreement reached earlier this month. The current focus is divvying up the funding pie – determining how much to spend on individual programs. We need to keep advocating for more education dollars,including significant increases in Title I, Title II, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), and other programs that target the students most in need. Click on the take action button and urge Congress to invest in education.
Tell Congress to take common-sense steps to prevent gun violence
April 20, 2018 – the 19th anniversary of the Columbine massacre – will be a national day of action against gun violence. Inspired by the courageous students of Parkland, Florida, educators and families all across America are renewing their call for common-sense steps to keep our schools and communities safe. For information on events in your area, go to http://protectourschools.com. And click on the take action button to urge members of Congress to take common-sense steps to prevent gun violence – now!
March 12-16 is Public Schools Week
NEA, partner organizations, and members of Congress will observe Public Schools Week, March 12-16, by celebrating the students and educators all across America who make public education work. Highlights will include one-minute floor speeches about the great things happening in public schools in different congressional districts, a press conference with the six congressional co-chairs of the event, a tweet storm in appreciation of public schools, and a panel discussion of funding streams and how they impact students. For more information and a toolkit that includes images, a sample press release, and sample tweets, visit http://lovepubliceducation.org/public-schools-week-toolkit/.
Cheers and Jeers
Representatives Marc Pocan (D-WI), Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR), Ryan Costello (R-PA), and Sam Graves (R-MO), and Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Jon Tester (D-MT) for sponsoring Public Schools Week
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (CA) and Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD) supporting public employees’ right to unionize and bargain collectively