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April 15, 2005
Tell Congress on April 19 & 20 To Keep Higher Ed a PriorityNEA and the American Federation of Teachers, in an unprecedented joint effort, are asking individuals who believe all families should have access to a college education to urge their Senators and Representatives to ensure higher education remains a priority in the Congressional budget resolution.
- Call 1-800-327-8670 or send an e-mail to ask your Senators and Representative to keep the Kennedy higher ed amendment in the final Budget Resolution. The toll-free number will connect you to the Capitol switchboard. Simply ask to speak to your Senators or Representative and you will be connected to their office.
Help Schools Save Technology Funding
NEA, the National School Boards Association, the American Association of School Administrators, the Software & Information Industry Association, and the State Education Technology Directors Association are among the many education and technology groups that have joined to save from elimination the Enhancing Education Through Technology program.Designed to give states technology equipment, services and professional development, the EETT program is the sole or primary source of education technology funding for 75 percent of states. Twelve states (AR, AZ, DE, MD, MI, MN, MO, ND, NH, OR, VT, and WI) rely on EETT as their only source of technology funding. Combined with the federal E-Rate program for internet connectivity in schools, EETT provides a critical pathway for students' educational success and workforce preparedness.
- Send an e-mail to your Members of Congress and ask them to retain an appropriations priority for EETT at the FY '04 level of $700 million.
April 26 Senate Hearing To Take Up Social Security Privatization
April 26 looms large as the date the Senate Finance Committee will hold its first hearing this year on Social Security, and chief among the topics will be the President Bush's proposal to divert money from Social Security to create private stock market accounts. The financial services industry and other well-heeled groups backing privatization are using the hearing as an opportunity to generate attention to their cause. Likewise, NEA and others who oppose privatization are not letting up.
Many who are against privatization are holding up California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's embarrassing defeat in his attempt to privatize public employee pensions as an example of what can be accomplished by coordinated and dogged opposition. Schwarzenegger withdrew his proposal last week as a result of the fight led by the California Teachers Association, firefighters and police officers.
- Join the growing ranks of teachers, education support professionals and others to stop the privatization of Social Security and to strengthen it for future generations. Thanks to you, more than 49,000 petitions have been sent to the White House and Congress. Keep the pressure on. Sign the petition today and share it with your network of friends, colleagues, neighbors and family.
- Find out if your Representative is one of 239 who have signed on to H.R. 147 or one of 14 who are cosponsoring S. 619, both of which would fully repeal the unfair Government Pension Offset and Windfall Elimination Provision (GPO/WEP). If not, ask him/her to become a cosponsor.
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