September Lobbying Report, 2016

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Participating NEA Directors: Joyce Bailey, Gina Harris Rainy Kaplan, Loretta Ragsdell, Mary Ann Rivera, Mae Smith, Tom Tully, Kari Vanderjack, Alex Wallace, David Watts as well as IEA Vice President Kathi Griffin, IEA Secretary-Treasurer Al Llorens, IEA Retired member Bob Kaplan and Schaumburg EA (Region 35) member Daniel Argueta

Congress Offices visited:

Rep. Bobby Rush (D-1), Rep. Robin Kelly (D-2), Mike Quigley (D-5), Rep. Peter Roskam (R-6), Rep. Danny Davis (D-7),  Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-8), Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-9), 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), (R-Darin LaHood (R-18), and Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL).

Representative Dold met with our NEA Director personally, remaining in D.C. for an extra day to meet with us.

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Issues Discussed:

Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA): Our lobbying efforts were around keeping true to the bill that was passed and to discourage our members of Congress and the Senate to ignore the efforts of the Department of Education to go back to the draconian, punitive test-focused No Child Left Behind’s approach.

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Education Funding: Although Congress passed a Continuing Resolution to keep the government open until December, our focus is on passing educational funding as well as the omnibus funding for all programs that will benefit our students and their families.

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Supreme Court Vacancy: Our purpose here was to discuss with members of the Senate the importance of following their Constitutional mandate of filling the vacancy.

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