Urge U.S. Senate to Approve Education Appropriations Bill

 

 

 

The U.S. House of Representatives has voted to approve the Labor-Health and Human Services (HHS) – Education spending bill for fiscal year 2010. The bill, which provides educational opportunities critical to the nation’s long-term prosperity, is a win for the Florida Education Association (FEA) and its national affiliates.

The National Education Association (NEA) and the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) lobbied hard for the appropriations bill, which includes significant investments in public education, including the following provisions:

 

 

•    Restoring a proposed $1.5 billion cut to Title I basic grants.  This is in addition to 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 ARRA.

A Senate floor vote is scheduled after the August recess. FEA is asking members to call your U.S. senators and 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.

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