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Cheers and Jeers

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Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) and Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-MA)
Why We're Cheering

They introduced the Counseling Not Criminalization in Schools Act (S. 4360/H.R. 7848), which would create a $2.5 billion grant program for school districts seeking to replace law enforcement officers with psychologists, social workers, and other staff with mental health expertise.

 

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Reps. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) and David Joyce (R-OH)
Why We're Cheering

They introduced the bipartisan Protecting Access to Loan Forgiveness for Public Servants Act (H.R. 7761) to ensure that educators whose jobs are disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic still qualify for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program.

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Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-IL)
Why We're Cheering

They introduced the RETAIN Act, which would create a fully refundable tax credit to encourage early childhood educators to remain in the profession.

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House Education and Labor Committee Chair Bobby Scott (D-VA)
Why We're Cheering

They introduced the Pandemic Child Hunger Prevention Act, which would expand access to free school meals for all children during the COVID-19 pandemic and keep the school meal program from collapsing.

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Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR)
Why We're Jeering

He called slavery a “necessary evil” and introduced a bill to discourage schools from including 1619 Project materials in their curricula because they teach students to “hate America.” The first enslaved Africans arrived in America in 1619.

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