Sunday, March 20, 2005
Congratulations to the NEA cyber-lobbyists and other education advocates for their role in convincing the Senate to part company with President Bush and reauthorize the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Improvement Act. President Bush eliminated the program in his budget.
Shepherded by Senators Mike Enzi (R-WY) and Ted Kennedy (D-MA), the legislation retains a separate funding stream for the Tech Prep program, thereby ensuring the program's viability and its focus on affordable and accessible programs that promote career education. The bill also provides for fair and appropriate academic accountability measures, while making sure states will not lose Perkins funds based solely on No Child Left Behind performance standards.
- National Education Association
and while I am at it, here are some... ACTION ALERTS from the NEA
In a major breakthrough on No Child Left Behind, the first Republican-initiated bill to amend the No Child Left Behind Act was introduced March 14 by Rep. Lee Terry (R-NE). The State and Local Education Flexibility Act (H.R. 1177) is consistent with many of the changes NEA and others have long sought.
Ask your Representative to cosponsor H.R. 1177.
Teachers, education support professionals and other public employees unfairly denied Social Security benefits they have earned stand to get some long-overdue relief if a bipartisan bill (S. 619) introduced by Senators Diane Feinstein (D-CA) and Susan Collins (R-ME) on March 14 becomes law. The Social Security Fairness Act, a significant breakthrough, would completely repeal both the Government Pension Offset and the Windfall Elimination Provision. Its companion bill in the House is H.R. 147.
Neither of our Senators are among the nine who have already signed on to S. 619. Of the 221 Members of Congress who have signed on to H.R. 147 Jeb Bradley has signed. Charlie Bass has NOT. Urge them to do so.