With vouchers and Trump-DeVos education cuts pending, August is the perfect time to meet your DC reps back home

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Congress is in the midst of its August recess, which means you have opportunities to connect with the people who work for you in Washington while they are back home.

Take advantage of this time by meeting with your members of Congress at their back-home district office or at a town hall to focus on two issues that matter a great deal to students, parents and educators:

  1. Oppose ANY Trump/DeVos budget cuts to public education. NEA believes in a strong and inclusive public education system that ensures that all students can succeed regardless of their ZIP code. Tell Congress to ensure that public schools have the resources necessary to provide the education our students deserve. Click here to find out more.
  2. Oppose private school vouchers, no matter what they are called. The Trump/DeVos budget proposal drastically slashes education funding by $9 billion in order to fund private school vouchers that harm students and communities, and undermine the public schools that educate nine out of 10 students. Click here to find out more.

Our message is straightforward: Do not cut funding for public education and students most in need. Do not shift tax dollars into private school vouchers, including through tax reform. Regardless of what they’re called, vouchers, education savings accounts, and tuition tax credits rob public schools of vital funding and resources, forcing taxpayers to pay for two school systems.

When lawmakers return to Washington on September 5th, we expect months-long fights on the upcoming budget plan and on efforts to advance private school vouchers.  Given our shared success in beating back multiple efforts to repeal and “replace” the Affordable Care Act (thank you for your amazing work!), let’s keep the fight going on these other critical issues.

Reader Comments

  1. I oppose vouchers to me it is a Trojan horse for the religious right. No matter what religion it is they all want to exclude all who are not affiliated with their life style and religious following. We need to vote for full funding of public schools.

  2. Parents must become involved–in their children’s educations and in their children’s lives. Parents must take initiative–going to schools, meeting teachers, attending school functions, seeing the facilities and the people who work there, so the parents can speak WITH their children about the daily experiences the children bring home. Parents must make their children a priority. Parents must show value for the child’s world by asking questions daily and LISTENING to their children’s descriptions of their experiences; then helping their children recognize the BEST of each day’s experience. Furthermore, parents should point out –in specific, concrete examples–the potential that an education can mean to their children’s future. Parents must PRAISE what they recognize as good and valuable in EACH day at school–to help their children to look forward, to aspire to a better future. They should do this daily until the children can see and say it for themselves.

    On another matter : Though SOME of the low Native American 12% graduation may be funding, more resides with other factors. Funding is lower than necessary for ALL students in America, yet ALL groups do not have that low graduation rate. Though funding may be as poor in other communities as in Native American communities, the graduation rates are not as low. The people should ask WHY. If this is an all-time low, Native Americans should study their culture and communities which they know better than non-Native people–for factors affecting the decrease and for times when the numbers were higher, and compare conditions, influences, values, etc. beyond the funding. Similar to my above appeal to parents, get involved–seeking understanding and solutions at an immediate, personal level. Additional funding does not guarantee responsible community involvement, better teaching, or more resources for individual students.

  3. With all due respect to all the children caught up in this MESS, funding or the lack thereof, for Native American children is a death nail for these children. Native American graduation rates are at a all time low with only 12% of the children graduating. Much of it is funding. That said, I will offer to educators, that if you are not Native American, and you intend to teach on a reservation, or in a system repleat with Native American children, dare to learn some of our customs. You can even go as far as to learn a little of our language depending on where you are located. Most Native American schools have first year educators going in and trying to teach, and with little success. The aforementioned issues are part of it. I don’t blame these young educators for trying to work off student loans, but in the process make an attempt to become closer with the children, and the parents. They will welcome your efforts to learn about them, and their way of life.

    1. Absolutely! Cultural responsiveness and family engagement are key elements for student success. Thank you for your comment, David.

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