EdAction in Congress

EdAction in Congress February 23, 2020

Make higher education more affordable and accessible    Members of the NEA Board of Directors met with lawmakers earlier this month and urged them to reauthorize the Higher Education Act (HEA) and address the urgent need to make college more affordable and accessible. The College Affordability Act (H.R. 4674), a comprehensive reauthorization of the law,

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EdAction in Congress February 16, 2020

Trump/DeVos budget slashes education funding The Trump/DeVos budget proposal for fiscal year 2021, released Feb. 10, would slash education funding by $6.1 billion—8.4 percent—compared to the amount Congress provided this year. Other budget lowlights include cutting and replacing key education programs with a block grant, robbing public schools of resources with yet another voucher scheme,

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EdAction in Congress February 9, 2020

Trump administration targets state affiliates Alice O’Brien, NEA’s general counsel, explains how a proposed U.S. Department of Labor rule would force state affiliates to focus on complex, burdensome financial reporting requirements instead of fulfilling their core mission: advocating for students and educators. Read More and Take action   Cosponsor the Public Schools Week resolution This

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EdAction in Congress February 2, 2020

Infrastructure package needs to do more for schools House Democrats unveiled a $760 billion infrastructure package that would improve roads, bridges, and transit systems, among other things. When asked, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said school modernization also needed to happen this year. But timing is unclear, so we need to make sure Congress knows schools

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EdAction in Congress January 26, 2020

DeVos allies urge Supreme Court to green-light voucher schemes Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue, argued before the Supreme Court on Jan. 22, could open the door to voucher schemes advocated by Betsy DeVos long before she became U.S. Education Secretary. A decision that favors DeVos could strike down state constitutional barriers to school vouchers.