Lobby Report – NEA Board of Directors – December 2011

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Lobby Report – NEA Board of Directors – December 2011

Due to the shortened Board meeting schedule, with Directors arriving on Friday, no formal lobbying was scheduled on Thursday for Capitol Hill.  Directors were encouraged to conduct “At Home Lobbying”.  Some Directors did briefly meet with staff members at Congressional offices on Friday. Materials provided by NEA have been shared with Congress Members’ staff.

Two main issues were presented to Directors for their efforts with Members of Congress:

  1. Super Committee Cuts to Education—will the Member of Congress oppose and fight against automatic cuts to education scheduled to go into effect Jan. 1, 2013.
  2. School and Campus Modernization—will the Member co-sponsor and/or support the Fix America’s Schools Today (FAST) Act to provide for school and campus modernization?

Coordinating Illinois “At-Home Lobbying” are Directors:  Terrie Tudor, Jim Grimes, Eric Brown, Alex Wallace, Tom Tully, Joyce Bailey, and Vickie Mahrt, with Student Director Matt Hiser assisting.

Going forward, NEA Directors will coordinate with teams of regional and local leaders in each congressional district.

Congressional Members Assigned:

  • Terrie Tudor—Roskam, Hultgren
  • Jim Grimes—Costello, Schilling, Shimkus
  • Eric Brown—Quigley, Schakowsky, Bold
  • Alex Wallace—Rush, Jackson, Gutierrez
  • Joyce Bailey—Lipinski, Davis, Biggert
  • Tom Tully—Walsh, Manzullo
  • Vickie Mahrt—Kinzinger, Johnson, Schock

Continuing issues include the Reauthorization of ESEA (No Child Left Behind) and the repeal of GPO/WEP.

Members are encouraged to visit:  EducationVotes.nea.org for the latest updates.

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