Welcome to the all-in-one resource page for the Back Home lobbying visits. Everything on this page has been designed with one goal in mind – to make your lobby visit a success. The page is exclusively for the use of NEA members who are leading the way in educating members of Congress on the issues that matter most. Take a moment to familiarize yourself with the materials. And thank you for being a voice for teachers and school support staff across the nation.
Questions? Email BoardAdvocacy@nea.org
Who are my Members of Congress?
- Find Your Elected Officials by entering your zip code or via a clickable map.
Materials for Use During Your Visit
Please print the following documents and take them with you during your visit.
- Lobby Visit Checklist – explains which documents you should leave with the Member of Congress, lists questions you should ask and gives bullet points on our topics. Print and use this document during your lobby visit.
- Fiscal Cliff 2.0 – talking points and facts on what’s at stake and why congress should invest in our country’s future. Leave this document with the Member of Congress when you finish your visit.
- Across-the-Board Cuts in Education Funding – facts on how the looming “sequester” would hurt 7.4 million students, cost 50,000 educator jobs and impact programs that help the most at-risk students.
- Kids not Cuts – talking points and facts on why education and other critical programs should not bear the burden of any more cuts. Leave this document with the Member of Congress when you finish your visit.
- Making Sure All Americans Pay Their Fair Share – talking points and facts on why policymakers should make sure the wealthiest pay their fair share. Leave this document with the Member of Congress when you finish your visit.
- Protect Medicaid – talking points and facts on why it is so critical to children that we protect Medicaid from cuts. Leave this document with the Member of Congress when you finish your visit.
- Where the Money Goes – explains what percentage of the government budget goes to which programs. Print and use this document during your lobby visit.
- Bush Tax Cuts – explains how raising the threshold for extending the Bush tax cuts would cost $366 billion over the first decade. Print and use this document during your lobby visit.
- Revenue Under Current Policies Simply Will Not be Enough – explains that revenue as percentage of GDP was approximately 20% when there was a balanced budget, and current revenue simply doesn’t keep up. Print and use this document during your visit.
Resources for Lobbying
- How to Lobby includes information on scheduling a meeting, preparing for the visit, a sample meeting agenda and more.
- 10 Golden Rules of Lobbying is a one-pager of quick tips on how to make the most of your visit.
- FAQ: The Federal Legislative Process is a quick primer on how federal programs are started, run and funded.
Grassroots Lobbying Basics – Training Video
Let us Know About Your Visits
- Before the Visit: Tell us what meetings you have scheduled by filling out this form.
- After the Visit: Thank you for speaking up for public education and students! Fill out this form after you have completed your visit. Your report will provide NEA with invaluable information to use in planning our future campaigns!
Questions? Email BoardAdvocacy@nea.org
What We're Reading
- 03/12/2015 "In 23 states, richer school districts get more local funding than poorer districts" – Washington Post
- 03/13/2015 "For National Education Association leader, the answer is more funding, not testing" – The Statesman (Austin)
- 03/17/2015 "Tests Have Become a Substitute for Real Learning" – US News (by NEA Pres Lily Eskelsen Garcia)
- 03/18/2015 "‘Meckley resigns as recovery officer for York, PA schools" – York Daily Record
- 03/24/2015 "California charter schools vulnerable to fraud, report says" – Washington Post