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NEA blasts House Republicans for draconian cuts to public education

Extreme cuts would strip desperately needed funds from most vulnerable students
Published: November 13, 2023

WASHINGTON — Speaker Mike Johnson (R-Louisiana) has scheduled a vote for this week on the G.O.P. Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations bill that would make extreme cuts to federal education programs, including drastic reductions to aid for low-income schools.

The following statement can be attributed to NEA President Becky Pringle:  

“All students — no matter what they look like, where they’re from, or where they live — deserve access to a safe, just, and equitable education. The House G.O.P. bill is the most extreme education funding bill we have ever seen, with needlessly cruel cuts. Republicans in the House seek to eliminate as many as 224,000 education jobs, send class sizes skyrocketing and make it far more difficult to provide students with the individual support they need.

“This bill is a slap in the face to students, parents, grandparents, and educators and just another sad example of how extreme and out of step House Republicans have become with everyday Americans. Title I funding has bridged the gaps in our systems for generations, especially in our public schools. The extreme House G.O.P. proposal would slash programs for our most vulnerable students by 80%, eliminate the opportunity for more than 50,000 preschool children to participate in Head Start, and eliminate funding for English learners. There is a reason this bill did not even come to a vote in the Appropriations Committee. If it does get a vote on the House floor, anyone who claims to support public education, students or educators should vote NO. The House G.O.P.’s bill is the antithesis of what our students need.”

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The National Education Association (NEA), the nation's largest professional employee organization, is committed to advancing the cause of public education. NEA's 3 million members work at every level of education—from pre-school to university graduate programs. NEA has affiliate organizations in every state and in more than 14,000 communities across the United States.