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Fifth grade teacher to shine spotlight on impact of looming budget cuts on students

Megan M. Allen to sound the alarm on the urgency to avoid cuts as March 1 deadline looms


WASHINGTON - February 20, 2013 -

Why is fifth grade teacher Megan M. Allen in Washington? For her students. For James, a student with special needs and his grip of trust; for Alexus, a student who cites Maya Angelou’s “Life Doesn’t Frighten Me” when he’s nervous; and for Daniel, a shy student who is blossoming into a “poetic” writer.

These and many of her students at Shaw Elementary School in Tampa, Florida come from poverty, sometimes from broken homes and families. Many have special needs. As their teacher, sometimes Megan is all they have.

Now some in Congress want to take away what little else these students have with indiscriminate and devastating cuts to education programs on which her students and millions more rely.

At stake are funds for before and after school programs; funds to help English language learners; funds to help students in need and the most vulnerable. Across the board budget cuts also mean larger class sizes. When budgets are cut, students such as James, Alexus and Daniel pay the price.

Megan is in Washington on their behalf to urge lawmakers to stop the cuts—because some cuts never heal.

 WHO:

Megan M. Allen, fifth grade teacher at Shaw Elementary School in Tampa, Florida and NEA member 

WHAT:

Hearing of the House Democratic Policy Steering Committee and Congressman Rob Andrews, Co-Chair, Democratic Steering & Policy Committee; Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson, Ranking Member, Science, Space & Technology Committee; Congressman Elijah Cummings, Ranking Member, Oversight and Government Reform; Congressman Chris Van Hollen, Ranking Member, Budget Committee

WHEN:

 Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 2:30 p.m.

 WHERE:

 340 Cannon House Office Building, Veterans Affairs Hearing Room, Washington, D.C.

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CONTACT: Miguel A. Gonzalez  (202) 822-7823, mgonzalez@nea.org