Tell Congress to repeal unfair Social Security penalties

More than 2.5 million people dedicated to public service, including many educators, have their Social Security benefits reduced—or lose them entirely—due to the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) and Government Pension Offset (GPO). The Social Security Fairness Act (H.R. 82), reintroduced in January of this year by Reps. Rodney Davis (R-IL) and Abigail Spanberger (D-VA), would

Education News

Senators: Biden should cancel student debt—and fire loan servicers

By Mary Ellen Flannery Led by Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), who said, “borrowers shouldn’t be left holding the bag because of the failures of [student] loan servicers and bureaucrats,” Democratic Senators on a Senate banking committee this week called on President Biden to immediately cancel $50,000 in student debt for every borrower. Such cancellation would


President Biden calls for historic investment in Title I

On Friday, President Biden released a blueprint for next year’s budget that calls on Congress to increase U.S. Department of Education funding by more than 40 percent. Title I funding for high-poverty schools would rise by $20 billion—the biggest year-over-year increase since the program’s inception in 1965—and the annual Pell Grant maximum by $400 with


Biden’s infrastructure plan is a good start for schools; Congress can improve it

America spends more on public schools than any part of our infrastructure except roads and highways. Our 100,000 public school buildings house more than 50 million students and educators. Yet many of those buildings are poorly equipped or in poor physical condition—so poor it undermines student learning. President Biden’s American Jobs Plan, released March 31,