Participating NEA Directors: Joyce Bailey, Jim Grimes, Maggie Huttlinger, Rainy Kaplan, Tom Tully, Kari Vanderjack, Alex Wallace, David Watts as well as IEA Retired member Bob Kaplan.
Members of Congress visited:
Rep. Bobby Rush (D-1), Rep. Robin Kelly (D-2), Rep. Daniel Lipinski (D-3), Rep. Peter Roskam (R-6), Rep. Danny Davis (D-7), Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-8), Rep. Bob Dold (R-10), Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-11), Rep. Mike Bost (R-12), Rep. Rodney Davis (R-13), Rep. Randy Hultgren (R-14), Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-17), Rep. Darin LaHood, (R-18), and Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL).
3 Directors attended the Illinois Constituent Coffee attended by Senator Durbin.
ESEA Reauthorization: Creating more opportunity and learning for students, using grade-span testing which will mean more time for teaching and less time testing students, creating an Opportunity Dashboard to focus efforts on student success on the resources needed rather than the punishing of schools and teachers, We asked our members of congress to ask for the bill to be acted upon.
Education Funding: Replace the sequester cuts to schools and programs. Do not allow the portability of Title 1 Funds.
Child Nutrition Reauthorization: Specifically, we are asking for training and supporting school food service professionals. We also talked about expanding farm-to-school programs and out-of-school meal programs.
Higher Education Act: Our talking points include making college more affordable, enhance access to higher education, improving teacher preparation and recognizing educators as stakeholders.