On October 19, a capacity crowd gathered in the Kennedy Caucus Room on Capitol Hill to build support for the Teachers and First Responders Back to Work Act, which failed to pass through the Senate. The $35 billion bill would have protected and created some 400,000 jobs — including 240,000 public school employee jobs. NEA member Cherine Akbari, a laid off history teacher from Oakland Park, Florida, shared her story during the rally.
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