Senate prepares to take up voting rights

The Senate is preparing to take up voting rights legislation this month. Voting represents our freedom to have a say in decisions that impact our lives, including how we provide high-quality schools for all students. But many states are enacting laws that make casting our votes and participating in our democracy more difficult. More than

Education News

As schools across America crumble, Congress can come to the rescue

By Amanda Menas Every student deserves to go to school in buildings that are safe and nurture their love of learning. Throughout the pandemic, educators have been calling for increased investment in our public school buildings. Now, Congress has a once-in-a-generation opportunity to pave the way. But for too many other students across the country,


Urge your senators and representative to co-sponsor the ESP Family Leave Act

Education Support Professionals (ESPs) nurture students, transport them to and from school, prepare and serve healthy school meals, keep the school environment clean and safe, and perform other vital jobs in school communities. The ESP Family Leave Act (S. 2821/H.R. 5348), introduced last week by Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Rep. Sean Casten (D-IL), would


Introduction of police reform bill flounders in Senate

Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) made it official last week: negotiations with Republican colleagues over a Senate version of the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act (H.R. 1280) have broken down. Booker, Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC), and Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA) had been leading the bipartisan, months-long effort to reach agreement on the bill since spring,


President Biden’s plan to build back better advances in Congress

President Biden’s plan to build back better continues to gather momentum as House committees finalize key portions of the legislation and provisions to cover the cost. Democrats plan to advance the legislation via the budget reconciliation process, which requires a simple majority instead of the 60-vote supermajority usually needed in the Senate. The bill taking