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