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Letter to the House and the Senate on rural schools

December 04, 2014

Dear Senator/Representative: 

On behalf of the three million members of the National Education Association and the students they serve, we urge you to extend the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act for at least another year.  

The Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act provides critical funding for over 4,400 schools in 770 rural counties located near national forests across the United States. Before it was passed, funding for many of these schools had dropped dramatically due to declining revenues from timber sales—in some cases, to less than ten percent of historic levels. Students were severely impacted as teachers and education support professionals were laid off, extracurricular programs eliminated, and desperately needed building repairs postponed. 

Tens of thousands of students and families in remote rural communities are counting on the federal commitment to continued support. Please do not forget them in their hour of need. We urge you to extend Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act for at least another year before the 113th Congress adjourns.   

Sincerely, 

Mary Kusler
Director, Government Relations