Tell your representative to support the American Dream and Promise Act
The House Judiciary Committee plans to mark up the American Dream and Promise Act (H.R. 6) on Wednesday, May 8. The bill provides multiple pathways to citizenship in keeping with America’s values and history as a nation of immigrants. As many as 2.5 million people-including 40,000 educators-could obtain legal status and ultimately citizenship via higher education, military service, or employment. The bill would also allow undocumented students to pay in-state tuition and apply for federal financial aid and work-study programs. Those eligible for legal status and citizenship include Dreamers brought to this country as minors, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients, and people allowed to remain here for humanitarian reasons under the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) programs. Click on the take action button to send an email.
Community schools briefings attract bipartisan audience on Capitol Hill
Interest in community schools-an effective but underfunded school improvement strategy-is growing on Capitol Hill as evidenced by strong bipartisan interest in NEA’s briefings on the issue last week. Representatives of more than 40 House and Senate offices attended and heard from NEA’s New Mexico and Milwaukee, Wisconsin affiliates. Highlights included the story of the Walking School Bus instituted after a Milwaukee neighborhood identified safety as a top concern, and one of the reasons for low attendance. Parents didn’t feel their kids were safe walking to school alone, and if there was a conflict-another child home sick or a doctor’s appointment or work issue-there was no way to walk the child to school. Now parent volunteers stop at kids’ houses and they walk to school as a group.
Cheers and Jeers
Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Rep. Bobby Scott (D-VA) for sponsoring NEA briefings on community schools in their respective chambers.