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Letter to Rep. Obey on increased funding for rural schools

April 28, 2008

Dear Chairman Obey,

On behalf of the 3.2 million members of the National Education Association (NEA), we urge you to include in the emergency supplemental appropriations bill reauthorization of the Secure Rural Schools and Community Act for four years. This legislation was part of the Senate energy tax package and is a critical issue for NEA.

The Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act expired at the end of 2006 and is currently operating on a one-year extension, which was authorized in Public Law 110-28, the Iraq Accountability Appropriations Act of 2007. Failure to reauthorize and fund this program will result in a substantial and devastating funding cut for more than 600 rural counties and 4,400 school districts in 42 states.    

We thank you for your hard work and continued support for this issue.


Diane Shust, Director of Government Relations

Randall Moody, Manager of Federal Advocacy