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National Education Association issues legislative report card for Congress

Report Card shows room for growth in bipartisanship on key issues important for students and families


WASHINGTON - January 30, 2015 -

Today, the National Education Association, the nation’s largest labor union with nearly 3 million members, issued its Legislative Report Card for the 113th Congress, which assesses votes and other relevant legislative actions from January 2013 through December 2014. The Report Card tracks members’ of Congress overall support for public education, students and educators, with each member receiving a letter grade of A through F. Members of Congress are notified in writing and in advance any time NEA may score a vote in the Legislative Report Card. In addition to votes, the Report Card grades also reflect other key legislative actions, such as behind-the-scenes advocacy for education and educators, bill co-sponsorships, committee votes and members’ accessibility to education advocates in their home state or district.

Here are the highlights of the Legislative Report Card for the 113th Congress:

  • The federal budget, education funding, education policy, immigration reform, and kitchen-table issues dominated the votes cast by members of Congress.
  • 76 Congressional Republicans earned passing grades in 2013-2014 compared to only 35 Congressional Republicans with passing grades in 2009-2010, a significant increase.
  • Of the 76 Republicans with passing grades, 19 House and Senate Republicans earned grades of A or B, 27 earned grades of C, and 30 earned grades of D.

To view the Report Card for the 113th Congress, visit www.nea.org or click here.

NEA Director of Government Relations Mary Kusler issued the following statement:

“The stakes are high for Congress. The outcome of what happens in Washington has an immediate, direct impact on students, educators, and families. While partisanship continued to show its ugly head too often in the 113th Congress, we were encouraged by signs of bipartisanship on certain education issues. Most importantly, however, we remain optimistic that the new Congress will find ways to work together to improve education for all students. This is not only right but necessary given that fact that more than half of the nation’s public school students qualify for free-and reduced-price meals.

“The new Congress is already gearing up to rewrite the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, the cornerstone of the federal presence in K-12 education. Now is the time to make sure that Congress gets this law right so that we may fulfill at last America’s promise of equal opportunity for all students regardless of their zip code.

“We hope that the glimmers of bipartisanship at times in the last Congress will lead to greater collaboration at this crucial moment during this Congress. We will continue to work with members of Congress from both sides of the political aisle to ensure the success of every student in America.”

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The National Education Association (www.nea.org) is the nation's largest professional employee organization, representing more than 3 million elementary and secondary teachers, higher education faculty, education support professionals, school administrators, retired educators and students preparing to become teachers.

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