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Federal Legislative Update September 2010

September 24, 2010
September 17, 2010

News from Capitol Hill. . .

9/24/10

YOUR OPINION MATTERS: Get Involved in the MSNBC Teacher Town Hall, Sept. 26

MSNBC will sponsor a Teacher Town Hall on Sunday, September 26 at noon EDT. This is a unique opportunity to make our voices and issues heard before a national audience. Don’t let the so-called “reformers” control the conversation. You are the expert about what really works in schools and classrooms. Join the Town Hall to make sure your views are represented.

Hosted by Brian Williams, anchor and managing editor of NBC Nightly News, the Teacher Town Hall will “bring together teachers from across the country, both in-person and online, to brainstorm ideas, talk about what works in the classroom, and highlight the challenges of today’s education system.”

The Teacher Town Hall will air LIVE on MSNBC and stream at EducationNation.com, Scholastic.com, iVillage.com, and msnbc.com at 12pm EDT on Sunday, September 26th. A live chat, hosted exclusively for teachers, will be available at EducationNation.com. During the Teacher Town Hall, teachers who are present at the event and logged in from across the country will be asked to weigh in on the big issues regarding education in America.

Take Action: Help spread the message that educators are the experts on what works best in the classroom. To participate in the live chat and make your voice heard, please register at the Education Nation website.

News from Capitol Hill. . .

9/17/10

CONGRESS IS BACK: MAKE SURE THEY HEAR YOUR VOICE ON THE ISSUES THAT MATTER

MSNBC Calling All Educators: Get Involved in the Teacher Town Hall, Sept. 26

MSNBC will sponsor a Teacher Town Hall on Sunday, September 26 at noon EDT. Hosted by Brian Williams, anchor and managing editor of NBC Nightly News, the Teacher Town Hall will “bring together teachers from across the country, both in-person and online, to brainstorm ideas, talk about what works in the classroom, and highlight the challenges of today’s education system.”

The Teacher Town Hall will air LIVE on MSNBC and stream at EducationNation.com, Scholastic.com, iVillage.com, and msnbc.com at 12pm EDT on Sunday, September 26th. A live chat, hosted exclusively for teachers, will be available at EducationNation.com. During the Teacher Town Hall, teachers who are present at the event and logged in from across the country will be asked to weigh in on the big issues regarding education in America.

Take Action: Help spread the message that educators are the experts on what works best in the classroom. Don’t let so-called “reformers” be the only voices at the table. To participate in the live chat and make your voice heard, please register at the Education Nation website.


ESEA Reauthorization: Tell Congress to listen to the experts – educators!

Congress has begun to talk about reauthorization of ESEA, now known as No Child Left Behind. Although no floor votes are expected this fall, Members of Congress and their staffs are hard at working drafting proposed reauthorization language. It is critical that educators’ voices are part of the discussion. Your voice is needed to make sure that what happens in Washington works in schools across the country. Congress must move away from testing, labeling, and punishing and start addressing the economic inequities in our schools, elevating the education profession, and preparing all students for the 21st century.

Take Action: Tell Congress that every child deserves a great public education, and they need listen to educators and get ESEA right.


DREAM Act: Tell Congress to Help Students Pursue Higher Education

Each year, thousands of undocumented students who have lived in the United States for at least five years graduate from U.S. high schools. Among these students, with whom NEA members work every day, are valedictorians, straight-A students, and idealistic youth committed to bettering their communities. Yet, because of their lack of legal status, they are unable to pursue higher education.

The bipartisan DREAM Act (H.R. 1751/S. 729) gives eligible young people the opportunity to resolve their immigration status and work towards citizenship.  They will have to pass background checks and be of good moral character, graduate from high school, and go on to complete additional requirements related to attending college or completing military service.  Leading businesses such as Microsoft have endorsed the DREAM Act because they recognize that our broken immigration system is draining our economy of the talent and resources needed to compete in the global economy.

The DREAM Act may come to the Senate floor for a vote the week of September 20.

Take Action: Urge Senators to support the DREAM Act when it comes to the Senate floor.