Educators paved way for historic congressional wins in 2015

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From EdVotes.org
by Félix Pérez

Hyperpartisan gridlock is the description commonly used when it comes to Congress. But the legislative body notched some significant bipartisan victories for students and educators when it wrapped up its session last month thanks in large measure to the advocacy of educators.

Among the wins for students in poverty, children with disabilities, students most in need and their families was:

  • Additional funding for Title I ($500 million).
  • The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act ($415 million).
  • Head Start ($570 million).
  • Child Care and Development Block Grants ($326 million).
  • A new Pell grant maximum of $5,915, an increase of $140.

“There’s no question that the hard-won and expanded opportunities for students from pre-K to college were due to the persistent, persuasive and expert voice of educators all across the nation,” said Mary Kusler, the National Education Association’s government relations director. Kusler, who said educators sent nearly 400,000 messages to Congress on the budget and other key issues, added:

It’s a credit to teachers and education support professionals that their thousands upon thousands of emails, tweets, phone calls, petition signatures, personal stories and visits with members of Congress throughout the year resulted in these historic bipartisan accomplishments. True to their nature, educators showed Congress a thing or two about leaving no stone unturned when it comes to what’s best for students regardless of their zip code.

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Educators paved way for historic congressional wins in 2015

Tags: educator tax deduction, Every Student Succeeds Act, excise tax, private school vouchers by Félix Pérez Hyperpartisan gridlock is the description commonly used when it comes to Congress. But the legislative body notched some significant bipartisan victories for students and educators when it wrapped up its session last month thanks in large measure to the advocacy of educators.