A National Win for Students and FEA Members

Education Appropriations Bill Wins Approval

A win for students and FEA members,
But now we need to encourage the Senate to follow suit

The U.S. House of Representatives has voted to approve an appropriations bill that contains several wins for FEA and its national affiliates. The Labor-HHS-Education appropriations bill won approval last week on a 264-153 vote.


Thanks to lobbyists from the National Education Association and the American Federation of Teachers, the bill contains several wins for students and educators including the following:


• Restoring a proposed $1.5 billion cut to Title I basic grants. This is on top of funding included in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).
• Increasing Pell Grant funding by $498 million and raising the maximum Pell Grant award by $200 to $5,550.
• Increasing funding for after-school programs (21st Century Community Learning Centers) by $50 million.
• Increasing funding for English Language Learner grants by $30 million.
• Maintaining IDEA funding at current levels -- in addition to funding included in the ARRA.


A Senate floor vote is scheduled after the August recess. Now is the time to call your U.S. senators. Urge them to stand up for children, educators and our public schools by building upon the wins contained in the House version of the bill.

You can reach Sen. Bill Nelson’s office at 202.224.5274 and Sen. Mel Martinez’s office at 202.224.3041


Click here to see how your Representative voted

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