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May 6, 2018

Tell your representative to oppose H.R. 2

girl holding strawberryCongress returns from recess and could take up the Farm Bill (H.R. 2) as early as this week. H.R. 2 includes harsh changes in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance take actionProgram (SNAP), our nation’s largest anti-hunger program. Formerly known as food stamps, SNAP helps feed one in five U.S. children. H.R. 2 could cause as many as 265,000 students to lose access to free meals at school. As educators know, hungry children struggle to learn; hunger impacts brain development and information processing, and can undermine academic achievement. H.R. 2 also unnecessarily expands current work requirements for adults. Click on the take action button and tell your representative to protect SNAP by opposing H.R. 2.

Tell Congress vouchers are a bad idea – for students from military families and everyone else

army military familyThe must-pass National Defense Authorization Act, which will be marked up this week, could become the vehicle for a voucher program for students with parents on active take actionmilitary duty. Whether they’re called vouchers, education savings accounts, or tuition tax credits, the impact is the same: robbing public schools of funding and resources that may already fall far short of what is needed. A voucher program could also reduce Impact Aid for public schools serving large numbers of military-connected students – one of the reasons the National Military Family Association and the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) are against it. Click on the take action button and tell your senators and representative to oppose private school vouchers for military-connected students.

Tell Congress not to strip military educators of bargaining rights

miltary familyLanguage drafted by the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) would strip educators represented by the Federal Education Association, an NEA take actionaffiliate, of their bargaining rights and civil service protections. Under the pretext of increasing efficiency, DoDEA wants to combine military schools overseas and stateside in a single operational unit. Despite unique challenges like parental deployments and frequent moves, DoDEA students lead the nation on the National Assessment of Educational Progress. Click on the take action button and tell Congress not to threaten this record of achievement by depriving DoDEA educators of their bargaining rights.

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