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Letter to the Senate Strongly Opposing the Nelson-Collins Amendment to the Economic Recovery Bill

February 05, 2009

Dear Senator:

We strongly urge your opposition to the Nelson-Collins amendment to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act that would cut funding allocated for education.  Votes associated with this issue WILL be included in the NEA Legislative Report Card for the 111th Congress. 

Investments in education offer an effective approach to stimulating the economy, saving and creating jobs, and shoring up distressed communities.  Education funding reaches every community in the nation and is targeted to those areas with the greatest needs.  This amendment would significantly reduce funding allocated to these essential purposes thereby jeopardizing the impact of the package in creating and saving jobs and helping struggling communities. 

Specifically, the amendment would cut one-half of the funds allocated for:

  • The State Stabilization Fund ($39 billion)
  • Special education/IDEA ($6.8 billion)
  • Title I  ($6.5 billion)
  • Head Start ($1 billion)
  • Teacher Quality grants ($50 million)

These cuts will be seriously undermine the intent of the package to take pressure off state budgets stretched to their limits and infuse critically needed resources immediately into local communities. 

We strongly urge you to VOTE NO on the Nelson-Collins amendment.


Diane Shust
Director of Government Relations

Randall Moody
Manager of Federal Advocacy