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When educators walk the halls of Congress

Teachers like Gina Frutig (above), a Durham, North Carolina single mother of two, personally delivered a very serious message to Congress this summer: “Save our jobs.” With Congress poised to act on a funding bill with the potential to preserve 300,000 education jobs, Frutig, as well as NEA teachers and education support professionals from Illinois, California, Georgia, and Kentucky, walked the halls, shaking hands and forcing lawmakers to realize the impact of their inaction. And their message was particularly effective: You just can’t ignore a classroom teacher when she tells you what it means to have 42 kids crammed into 34 desks. (It makes learning impossible!) “The idea of losing my job is upsetting, especially because I know I will never find a job as rewarding as this one or that I love as much,” said Catie Poff, a pink-slipped reading specialist from Kentucky, at a Congressional press conference. “But I am just as upset for my students as I am for myself. My kids—and kids every-where—deserve every opportunity to succeed. We do them a disservice by denying them access to accomplished teachers who are able to work with them individually.”

Photo credit: Patick G. Ryan



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