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Education Insider

A weekly review of progress on the Quality Public Schools Agenda and other
legislation that impacts our students, classrooms, and public education.

March 7, 2003
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Will Congress do the right thing?

NEA is spearheading an appeal to Congress for $50 billion in state fiscal relief. Last week NEA President Reg Weaver asked members' help in urging Congress to do the right thing by our states.

Why? Let's not derail progress! States face the worst budget crisis since World War II. School terms are being cut short; layoff notices issued; and Portland teachers working without pay to protect the school term for their students. Failure to provide states and communities immediate fiscal relief in this financial crisis threatens the gains made by students and public schools the last several years and delays any economic recovery.

Federal funding for federal mandates is a responsibility! Congress must provide the resources necessary to fund the significant new mandates under the new ESEA ['No Child Left Behind Act']. The actual funding falls $11 billion short of the amount promised in the law. This simply sets schools and states up for failure. That is unacceptable.

Congress must meet its commitment to fund 40 percent of special education costs (IDEA). The actual funding is less than half the amount promised. The result: ALL students are underserved as states scramble to make up the shortfall.

This week, the House of Representatives and the Senate Budget Committees begin drafting the spending blueprint or 'Budget Resolution' for the budget year that begins October 1, 2003. Congress' spending plan must help fill the gapping holes in state budgets.

Our students are hurting from budget deficits and cutbacks every day. When we shortchange them, we shortchange our future.

Can President Weaver count on your help so that our children are not shortchanged?

Send a message to Congress!

  • If your Representative or Senator is on the Budget Committee, tell him or her: "Our states need help in this time of financial crisis to keep America secure. "

  • If your Representative or Senator is not on the Budget Committee, ask him or her to urge the Budget Committee to help our states.

Budget Committee Members

STATE/CD
PARTY
COMMITTEE MEMBER
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AL-CD7
AZ-CD2
CA-CD1
CA-CD23
CO-CD6
CT-CD3
CT-CD4
FL-CD4
FL-CD12
FL-CD17
FL-CD25
GA-CD4
GA-CD5
IL-CD5
IA-CD1
KS-CD2
KS-CD3
LA-CD1
MA-CD2
MI-CD11
MN-CD1
MO-CD9
MS-CD1
NJ-CD5
OH-CD2
OR-CD5
PA-CD15
SC-CD1
SC-CD3
SC-CD5
TN-CD4
TN-CD5
TN-CD9
TX-CD5
TX-CD11
TX-CD13
VA-CD2
VA-CD3
VA-CD8
WA-CD3
WA-CD4
WI-CD2

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Bonner, Jo
Davis, Artur
Franks, Trent
Thompson, Mike
Capps, Lois
Tancredo, Thomas
DeLauro, Rosa
Shays, Christopher
Crenshaw, Ander
Putnam, Adam
Meek, Kendrick
Diaz-Balart Mario
Majette, Denise
Lewis, John
Emanuel Rahm
Nussle, James
Ryun, Jim
Moore, Dennis
Vitter, David
Neal, Richard
McCotter, Thaddeus
Gutknecht, Gil
Hulshof, Kenny
Wicker, Roger
Garrett, Scott
Portman, Rob
Hooley, Darlene
Toomey, Patrick
Brown, Henry
Barrett, Gresham
Spratt, John
Davis, Lincoln
Cooper, Jim
Ford, Harold
Hensarling Jeb
Edwards, Chet
Thornberry, Mac
Schrock, Edward
Scott, Robert
Moran, Jim
Baird, Brian
Hastings, Doc
Baldwin, Tammy

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