The BEA makes it easy to take action on the issues that impact you! To the right and below, you will see links that help you contact the School Committee and State and Federal legislators to let them know what’s important to you and our schools. Through their websites, the MTA and NEA even provide sample wording that you can use or change.

Check back here often to keep current and make your voice heard.




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NEA Education Insider: February 26, 2010

Senate Passes Small Jobs Package: Tell Them More Needs To Be Done

This week the United States Senate passed a jobs package (H.R. 2847) introduced by Majority Leader Reid (D-NV).  The bill passed with a bipartisan vote of 70-28.  See how your Senator voted on the jobs bill.  (Note that the bill was moved under a different name – so this link does not explicitly say “jobs bill”).   


The jobs package included a school infrastructure piece advocated by NEA.  Specifically, the bill extends and improves the Build America Bonds program.  This program, originally authorized under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, is very efficient and cost effective for state and local governments.  It will help put Americans back to work by creating greater opportunities to build, repair, and modernize schools, and generating construction related jobs in local communities in every state. 

      

Beyond the school infrastructure assistance, passage of this bill creates momentum for passage of additional, urgently-needed jobs legislation, including an Education Jobs Fund and an extension of the higher federal Medicaid match.


E-MAIL YOUR SENATORS TODAY!  Thank the Senate for passing the first jobs package.  Remind them that much more needs to be done to save educator jobs and spur economic recovery.


Urge the Senate to take immediate action on a jobs package that includes:
  • An Education Jobs Fund – to save and create hundreds of thousands of education jobs

  • An extension of federal Medicaid funding – to relieve budget pressures and prevent more cuts to education funding

  • Private pension relief – to protect retirement security

  • Extension of the educator tax deduction – to recognize the sacrifices made by educators across the nation who reach into their own pockets to pay for classroom supplies.


Additional Information:

Read NEA’s Press Release and additional information on the one-year anniversary of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.See how many education jobs the House-passed bill will save/create in your state.See how much funding your state will lose once monies under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act expire, unless Congress provides more funding in a jobs/economic recovery bill. 



White House Hosts Health Care Summit

President Obama hosted a bipartisan summit on health care this Thursday, February 25.  The White House health care proposal is available at http://www.whitehouse.gov/health-care-meeting/proposal

 

NEA believes the Summit offered an important opportunity to reinvigorate the health care debate and jumpstart action on a reform package.  Our nation cannot afford to let health care costs continue to spiral out of control.  We must continue to encourage policymakers to support a bill that makes quality health care more affordable and accessible for all working families.  See NEA President Dennis Van Roekel’s video message to Summit attendees. 


CONTACT YOUR REPRESENTATIVES IN CONGRESS TODAY!

Tell Congress to finish the job and deliver a health reform bill that meets the needs of America’s families.



Ask Senate to Support Bill That Provides Billions of Dollars For Education

Last year, the House of Representatives passed the NEA-supported Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act (H.R. 3221).  This landmark bill provides something for education at every level, including significant investments for:


  • Early childhood education

  • School construction for K-12 schools

  • Higher education (including student aid, grants to community colleges, and money for facilities),  

Now, the Senate needs to act.
CONTACT YOUR SENATORS!  Tell the Senate to support a bill like the House-passed Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act. 
For more information on this legislation, visit the NEA website



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