February Lobbying Report


Participating NEA Directors: Joyce Bailey, Jim Grimes, Rainy Kaplan,  Kari Vanderjack, Alex Wallace, David Watts;

IEA Officers: Kathi Griffin and Al Llorens

IEA members: Amy Biancheri and Bob Kaplan.

Members of Congress visited:

Rep. Bobby Rush (D-1),  Rep. Daniel Lipinski (D-3), Rep. Mike Quigley (D-5) Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-9), Rep. Bob Dold (R-10), Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-11),  Rep. Rodney Davis (R-13),  Rep. Randy Hultgren (R-14), Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-17),  Rep. Darin LaHood, (R-18), and both Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL).

Topics discussed with members and staff:

We thanked all for the Re-authorization of ESSA. Every Illinois Congressman and Senator voted in favor of the re-authorization. Educators-Spoke-Congress-Listened-0216

Child Nutrition Re-authorization: We asked to maintain the nutrition standards, training for school food professionals, providing adequate equipment and infrastructure as well as strengthening out-of-school meal programs. LOBBYING_Leave-Behind_Child Nutrition Reauthorization_February 2016

Education Funding: We asked for a larger increase in Labor-HHS Education Appropriations. LOBBYING_Leave-Behind_Education Funding_February 2016

Student Loans: We asked to allow student loans to be re-financed. LOBBYING_Leave-Behind_Student Loan Refinancing_February 2016




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