As of December 28 last year, 1.3 million Americans lost their unemployment benefits as Congress failed to act.
In the next few weeks, elected officials will vote on the Emergency Unemployment Compensation Extension Act, which will provide unemployment insurance for the long-term unemployed. This insurance is critical to ensuring family stability and, consequently, the well-being of thousands of children in our public schools.
Right now, long-term unemployed individuals receive neither a paycheck nor unemployment benefits. Meanwhile, rising gas and food prices are making it even harder for them to meet their families’ most basic needs. This legislation is a critical lifeline for the millions of Americans who need to keep a roof over their head and food on the table while they continue their employment search.
As an educator, you know that students often carry household problems like this into the classroom. Have you witnessed any students showing up hungry because their parents lost benefits and there’s nothing at home to eat? Have you noticed any students having a difficult time coping in school because of the stress and strain put on them and their families because of a loss of benefits? If so, please, share your story with Education Votes.