Tell your Members of Congress to VOTE YES on the Equality Act
The House Judiciary Committee passed the Equality Act last week, and days later, the NEA Board of Directors was on Capitol Hill lobbying Congress to vote yes on the bill. More than half the states lack nondiscrimination laws that afford protections based on sexual orientation and gender identity. The Equality Act of 2019 would amend the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and other federal laws to provide explicit, consistent non-discrimination protections that include sexual orientation and gender identity. As stated in NEA’s letter to the House Judiciary Committee, not including such protections leaves millions of LGBTQ citizens vulnerable to discrimination in their daily lives and sends the message that they are second-class citizens. The Equality Act is an important step in our nation’s continuing march toward fairness for all people, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. Click on the take action button to send an email.
Urge Your Member of Congress to Support the Dream and Promise Act
NEA’s Board of Directors urged Congress to support the American Dream and Promise Act, H.R. 6, which is expected to come before the House Judiciary Committee for mark up this month. Two hundred, twenty-nine Democrats in the House—all except nine—are co-sponsoring the bill. In keeping with America’s values and history as a nation of immigrants, the legislation provides permanent protections and multiple pathways to citizenship for individuals brought to the United States as minors. The Dream and Promise Act would grant undocumented students eligibility to pay in-state tuition and apply for federal financial aid and work-study programs. The Dream and Promise Act could enable as many as 2.5 million people, 37,000 of whom are educators, to seek citizenship, according to the Migration Policy Institute. Click on the take action button to send an email.
House Subcommittee Proposes Major Increases in Education Funding
Our congressional leaders are making education funding a priority, and NEA’s Board of Directors urged Congress to provide the resources students need for success. The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, HHS, Education passed a funding bill that significantly increases funding for education. The bill proposes a $1 billion increase in Title I funds; a $1.07-billion increase for IDEA; $40 million for community schools, more than doubling the funding for these crucial schools; a nearly $500-million increase for federal student aid programs; and a $431-million increase for higher education programs. Chairwoman Rose DeLauro (D-CT) said: “This year’s Labor-HHS-Education funding bill—the People’s bill—makes historic investments in programs that provide opportunities for millions of people.” The full Appropriations Committee is slated to take up the bill, one of 12 appropriations bills, this week. Click on the take action button to send an email.
Cheers and Jeers
Rep. Bobby Scott, chair of the House Education and Labor Committee, for the April 30 hearing “Brown v. Board of Education at 65: A Promise Unfulfilled,” which focused on educational equity, resegregation, and the connection between segregated schools and inadequate resources in the decades since the U.S. Supreme Court’s Brown decision declared “separate but equal” unconstitutional.
Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), chair of the House Judiciary Committee, for a successful markup of the Equality Act of 2019 (H.R. 5), and Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI) for introducing the bill.
The House Judiciary Committee for its April 30 hearing on the Equal Rights Amendment.