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Federal Legislative Update July 2010

July 30, 2010
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7/30/10

News from Capitol Hill. . .


SENATE VOTE SCHEDULED FOR MONDAY ON EDUCATION JOBS

This week, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) blocked the Senate from voting on an education jobs amendment as part of a larger bill on small business. But, Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) has scheduled another vote for Monday evening, August 2. The package being considered will provide $10 billion to save over 135,000 education jobs. It will also provide funds for Medicaid to help prevent more deep cuts to the programs that serve our most vulnerable populations.

We are facing an education crisis, with hundreds of thousands of educators being laid off, class sizes growing, and programs critical to students’ success being cut or eliminated. Our students’ education and the future of our nation are at stake!

EVERY VOTE COUNTS and every Senator needs to hear a strong message of support. Tell your Senators to stand up for what is right!


CONTACT YOUR SENATORS TODAY:

  • E-mail your Senators. Tell them to VOTE YES on a $10 billion education jobs package (H.R. 1586).

  • Call 1-866-608-6355 to contact your Senators. You will hear talking points and will be connected to the United States Capitol Switchboard – ask for one of your Senators. Tell your Senator that public education faces a budget catastrophe and that he/she should VOTE YES on a $10 billion education jobs fund. Remember to call back to speak with your other Senator.

  • Ask your colleagues, friends, and family to call and e-mail the Senate too.

News from Capitol Hill. . .

7/20/10


SPECIAL ALERT: SENATE TO VOTE ON EDUCATION JOBS PACKAGE THIS WEEK!

The Senate is expected to vote on an education jobs package this week, possibly as early as Wednesday, taking up the bill passed by the House earlier this month.  We are facing an education crisis, with hundreds of thousands of educators being laid off, class sizes growing, and programs critical to students’ success being cut or eliminated.  Our students’ education and the future of our nation are at stake!

The education jobs package will save over 130,000 educator jobs and will help ensure that our students get the support and attention they need to succeed. 

CONTACT YOUR SENATORS TODAY!  Passing this bill in the Senate will not be easy.  60 votes are needed to move the bill forward.  Every vote is critical.   

  • Call 1-866-608-6355 to contact your Senators.  You will hear talking points and will be connected to the United States Capitol Switchboard – ask for one of your Senators.  Tell your Senator that public education faces a budget catastrophe and that he/she should VOTE YES on a $10 billion education jobs fund.  Remember to call back to speak with your other Senator.
  • Share your story.  Is your school seeing increased class sizes?  Shorter school weeks?  Programs cut or eliminated?  Tell us what is happening in your school and how it will impact your students 

SPEAK UP and Keep Up on the Latest News -- Visit Education Votes, where you will find television and radio ads, print ads, audio news releases, and many other tools to help you spread the word.

News from Capitol Hill. . .

7/16/10


I have been in education for 26 years. For 16 years I taught special education. The last ten years I have been an elementary and middle school counselor. 800 people in our district received letters stating that we may have our salaries reduced by cutting our jobs to 10 months – including central office staff, teachers, counselors, principals, assistant principals, bookkeepers, secretaries, custodians, and bus drivers. These cutbacks would mean no summer school, no schedules ready for the first day of school, and lots of employees unable to pay their rent/mortgage, car payments, bills, and feed their children. I love education. I have enjoyed every minute of the last 26 years, but right now I feel like gum on the bottom of someone's shoe.
MaryAnn from Virginia

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Our school system has been hit hard. Starting in the fall, only about half the students who need help from literacy teachers will be served; third graders who must take the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System Test will no longer receive literacy help. Our media teachers and librarians will also be cut. I strongly urge every member of Congress to think long and hard about the losses schools will face if the education jobs fund bill does not pass. Most teachers I know teach because they love the children, they love seeing them learn, and they take their jobs very seriously. I know this is why I have been a teacher for nearly 30 years now. – Sue from Massachusetts

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YOU DID IT! EDUCATION JOBS VICTORY IN THE HOUSE! ON TO THE SENATE!!

On July 1, the House of Representatives passed legislation by a vote of 239-182 that will save over 100,000 education jobs like those of Sue and MaryAnn, and ensure that students have the supports necessary to succeed. Thank you to everyone who helped to achieve this important win. Your calls, emails, stories, and visits to Washington, DC delivered this victory for your colleagues across the nation.

See how your Representative voted. Thank the House for passing the jobs bill.

The victory in the House is only the first step in our campaign to save education jobs across the country. We must now shift our focus to the Senate. Congress has returned from the July 4th recess, and there are only a few weeks before they adjourn again for August. The Senate must pass an education jobs fund before the August recess.

TAKE ACTION TODAY! Keep the e-mails and calls coming! Ask colleagues, friends, and family to join this fight:

  • You can still call 1-866-608-6355 to contact your Senators. You will hear talking points and will be connected to the United States Capitol Switchboard – ask for one of your Senators. Tell your Senator that public education faces a budget catastrophe and that he/she should support immediate passage of a $10 billion education jobs fund. Remember to call back to speak with your other Senator.
  • Share your story. Is your school seeing increased class sizes? Shorter school weeks? Programs cut or eliminated? Tell us what is happening in your school and how it will impact your students.

SPEAK UP and Keep Up on the Latest News -- Visit Education Votes, where you will find television and radio ads, print ads, audio news releases, and many other tools to help you spread the word.