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CTA and NEA Press Lawmakers to Make Reauthorized ESEA Work

Congress could take up its version of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) – HR 5 or the Student Success Act – as early as next week. Our members in California and National Education Association members around the country are urging federal lawmakers to turn the reauthorization bill into one that will work for our students and our schools.

NEA has opposed the bill in committee, and we share concerns about several troubling aspects of the proposed legislation.

HR 5 would undermine the federal government‘s work to ensure equity for all students. The bill would undercut efforts to get targeted resources to schools that educate students width greater needs. HR 5 would also weaken collective bargaining protections involving teacher evaluation. The bill would also continue to force schools to use high stakes testing that is harming teaching and learning.

NEA is also working to stop amendments that would add private school vouchers to the bill. Our members and educators throughout the nation are urging Congress to restore bargaining rights and end the focus on high stakes testing.

Congress could amend the measure over the next several days. In its current form, the bill is not acceptable.

Please urge Congress to refocus the ESEA on its original purpose: ensuring equity for all students.

Call your Congressional Representatives at 1-866-420-3592 and ask them to:

  • Recognize educators’ roles in student success, which means stopping the push for high stakes testing and guaranteeing teachers a voice in their profession through collective bargaining.
  • Oppose any efforts to divert public education funding to private school vouchers.

Or email your Congressional Representatives width the same message.

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Empire Strikes Back: “Anti-Tax Crusaders” Launch Attack on Measure to Protect Schools

With the primary election balloting barely a week old, three groups of anti-tax forces are set to announce they have put their gun sights on a November revenue initiative that would protect public schools from another $6 billion in devastating cuts.

The business groups – The National Federation of Independent Business/California,  the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association and the Small Business Action Committee  – have scheduled a 10 AM news conference Tuesday in Sacramento to announce their efforts to defeat the Schools and Local Public Safety Protection Act of 2012,  according to Joel Fox, President of the Small Business Action Committee.

That ballot measure – spearheaded by Gov. Jerry Brown and backed by teachers, firefighters, law enforcement officials, and other supporters of vital public services – would provide $9 billion by taxing families making more than $500,000 annually and temporarily boosting the sales tax by one-quarter percent.

The revenues would protect local public safety services and stave off cuts to K-12 public education that could force local schools to cut short their instructional school year by more than three weeks.

Educators, education support professionals, firefighters, police officers, and other backers of the schools and public safety revenue measure are already hard at work educating their colleagues, parents, and community members about the crucially important choice they will have in November.

Click here for an information sheet about the revenue measure: Protect  Schools and Public Safety.

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