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Letter to U.S. House of Representatives supporting the budget resolution

March 26, 2007

Dear Representative:


On behalf of the National Education Association's (NEA) 3.2 million members, we urge your support for the fiscal year 2008 Congressional Budget Resolution. Votes associated with these issues may be included in the NEA Legislative Report Card for the 110th Congress. 

The federal budget should reflect the priorities of our nation, and ensuring all of our children a quality education should be a top priority. Additional investments in proven programs such as Title I and IDEA special education as well as higher education programs such as Pell Grants are essential if we are to close achievement gaps and maximize the academic potential of every student. Many key education programs are currently underfunded and unable to fully serve all eligible students.

Given these critical needs, we are pleased that the proposed budget provides for a significant increase in funding for education programs over the level requested by the President. The proposal represents an essential down payment toward meeting the needs of underfunded programs and fulfilling every child's basic right to a great public school. 

Again, we urge your support for the Budget Resolution.

Sincerely,

Diane Shust, Director of Government Relations

Randall Moody, Manager of Federal Advocacy