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Letter to Senator Kennedy in support of the Time for Innovation Matters in Education Act

August 04, 2008

Dear Senator Kennedy:

On behalf of the National Education Association's (NEA) 3.2 million members, we would like to express our support for the Time for Innovation Matters in Education Act.

NEA supports innovative proposals to increase learning time, such as through an extended school day, school week, or school year. Increasing learning time not only helps maximize student achievement, but helps ensure students access to a full and rich curriculum that includes art, music, physical education, and other subjects necessary for a well-rounded education.

By funding planning and implementation grants for pilot extended learning time initiatives, your bill would help districts explore options for increasing learning time that best fit the needs of their students. We are particularly pleased that your bill would require that any such programs be implemented with the input and consent of school employees - including teachers and education support professionals - and would also protect educators' collectively bargained rights.

We thank you for your leadership on this important issue and look forward to continuing to work with you in support of great public schools for every student.


Diane Shust, Director of Government Relations

Randall Moody, Manager of Federal Advocacy