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February 2017 Lobbying Report

February 10, 2017

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 and his grandson,  Caleb.

Congress Offices visited:

Rep. Daniel Lipinski (D-3), Mike Quigley (D-5), Rep. Peter Roskam (R-6), Rep. Danny Davis (D-7), Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-8), Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-9), Rep. Brad Schneider (R-10), Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-11), Rep. Mike Bost (R-12), Rep. Rodney Davis (R-13), Rep. Randy Hultgren (R-14), Rep. Darin LaHood (R-18), and Sen. Tammy Duckworth.

Lobbying Topics:

We had 2 topics to discuss with members of Congress and an additional item to discuss with Senator Duckworth.

Vouchers: NEA believes in a strong and inclusive public education system that ensures that all students can succeed. Vouchers, education savings accounts and tuition tax credits harm students, communities and undermine the public schools that educate 9 out of every 10 students. There is no valid evidence that such schemes improve the performance of either the students receiving them or those left behind in public schools.

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Health Care/Medicaid: Congress should defeat efforts to slash Medicaid and Medicare under the guise of replacing the Affordable Health Care Act (ACA). More than 35 million children are covered by Medicaid and more than 57 million seiors and people with disabilities depend on Medicare for their health care coverage.

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Supreme Court Nominee:

The Senate needs to perform its duty diligently and thoroughly vet President Trump’s nomionee for the Supreme Court: Judge Neil Gorsuch.

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September Lobbying Report, 2016

October 9, 2016

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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April, 2016 Lobbying Report

April 30, 2016

Participating NEA Directors: Joyce Bailey, Jim Grimes,  Kari Vanderjack, Tom Tully, Alex Wallace, David Watts

IEA Officers: Al Llorens

Members of Congress visited:

Rep. Daniel Lipinski (D-3), Rep. Mike Quigley (D-5), Rep. Danny Davis, (D-7), Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-8), Rep. Janice Schakowky (D-9), Rep. Bob Dold, (R-10), Mike Bost (R-12), Rep. Rodney Davis (R-13),   Rep. Darin LaHood, (R-18), and both Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL).

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Topics discussed with members and staff:

Child Nutrition: Asking our Member to oppose efforts to make it harder to qualify for community eligibility in order to allow schools in high poverty areas to offer breakfast and lunch at no cost to children.

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Career and Technical Education Re-authorization: Asking for support to ensure that CTE educators are involved in all levels of decision making for these programs.

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Repeal of Government Pension Offset (GPO)/Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP): Asking for support and co-sponsorship to fully repeal GPO/WEP. H.R. 973

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DC private school vouchers: Asking for opposition to HR 4901, a voucher bill.

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Supreme Court Nomination: Asking our Senators to support the Constitution and hold a hearing.

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February Lobbying Report

February 19, 2016

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

 

 

October Lobby Day

October 21, 2015

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.

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Issues Discussed:

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.

ESEA Bills Summary and Next Steps

Education Funding: Replace the sequester cuts to schools and programs. Do not allow the portability of Title 1 Funds.

FY16 Year Long CR Impact on Federal Education Funding including by State

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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.

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Higher Education Act: Our talking points include making college more affordable, enhance access to higher education, improving teacher preparation and recognizing educators as stakeholders.

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February, 2015 Lobbying Report

February 22, 2015

Your NEA Director team hosted a reception for the Illinois Congressional Delegation on February 11, 2015. The evening was a great success.

 
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IEA President Cinda Klickna with Rep. Rodney Davis
 

February 12, 2015 Lobbying Report

Participating NEA Directors: Joyce Bailey, Eric Brown, Jim Grimes, Maggie Huttlinger, Rainy Kaplan, Tom Tully, Alex Wallace, David Watts as well as IEA Officers Kathi Griffin and Al Llorens and IEA Retired member Bob Kaplan.

Members of Congress visited:

Rep. Robin Kelly (D-2), Rep. Mike Quigley (D-5), Rep. Danny Davis (D-7), Rep. Janice 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), Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-17),  Rep. Aaron Schock, (R-18), and Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL).

Issues Discussed:

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,

Education Funding: Replace the sequester cuts to schools and programs. Do not allow the portability of Title 1 Funds.

Lobbying Fact Sheets

Lobbying Report – Washington, DC – Sept. 18, 2014

September 22, 2014

Participating NEA Directors’ on Capitol Hill Visits: Jim Grimes, Eric Brown, Joyce Bailey, Tom Tully, Alex Wallace, Rainy Kaplan, David Watts, Maggie Huttlinger, and Bob Kaplan, IEA Retired. IEA Pres. Cinda Klickna met with Reps. Foster and Schneider on Sept. 17th.

Members of Congress visited included:

Rep. Robin Kelly D-2, Rep. Randy Hultgren R-14, Rep. Bobby Rush D-1, Rep. Peter Roskum R-6, Rep. Rodney Davis R-13, Rep. Luis Gutierrez D-4, Rep. Tammy Duckworth D-8, Rep. Danny Davis D-7, Rep. Dan Lipinski D-3, Rep. Mike Quigley D-5, Rep. Adam Kinzinger R-11, Rep. Aaron Schock R-18 , Rep. Bill Enyart D-12, and Congressional staff members.

The issues and legislation discussed included:

1) Higher Education Act and College Affordability—will the Member of Congress support reinstating year-round Pell Grants?

2) Will the Member of Congress co-sponsor the Student Testing and Improvement Accountability Act (HR 4172)—returning federally mandated testing to pre-NCLB frequency?

3) Will the Member of Congress support efforts to help meet the educational and human needs of child refugees? This refers to the situation of thousands of Central American children crossing the Mexican border into the U.S.

Materials also were shared with the offices of Senators Durbin, Kirk, and other Illinois Representatives.

IEA members are urged to review NEA positions on these issues at EducationVotes.nea.org and share their concerns with Members of Congress in their home districts.

Lobbying Report — Washington, DC — May 1, 2014

May 13, 2014

 

NEA Directors’ Capitol Hill Visits: NEA Directors and IEA Officers participating: Jim Grimes, Eric Brown, Joyce Bailey, Tom Tully, Alex Wallace, Vickie Mahrt, and IEA Sec.-Treas. Al Llorens.

The issues and legislation discussed included in the House of Representatives: Restore the Option of Grade-Span Testing – pre-No Child Left Behind practices (HR 4172), Charter School Accountability and Transparency – Charters should be subject to the same reporting requirements as regular public schools (HR 10), and Comprehensive Immigration Reform (HR 15).

The issues and legislation discussed with Senators focused on Support for Meaningful Teacher Preparation – using programs such as edTPA and other Educator Developed programs, and Support for the Strong Start for America’s Children Act – support pre-K and other programs (S 1697).

Offices visited included: Representatives Rodney Davis (R-13), Brad Schneider (D-10), Cheri Bustos (D-17), Tammy Duckworth (D-8), Danny Davis (D-7), Daniel Lipinski (D-3), William Enyart (D-12), Pewter Roskam (R-6), John Shimkus (R-19), Mike Quigley (D-5), Aaaron Schock (R-18), and Robin Kelly (D-2).

Materials also shared with offices for Senators Durbin and Kirk, and Representatives Guiterrez, Kinzinger, Rush, Schakowski, Hultgren and Foster.

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NEA Lobby Report – February 2014

February 17, 2014

February 6, 2014 — Washington, D.C.

Illinois NEA Directors lobbying:  Joyce Bailey, Eric Brown, Rainy Kaplan, and Alex Wallace.  Also lobbing were IEA Officers Vice President Kathi Griffin, Secretary-Treasurer Al Llorens and IEA-Retired member Bob Kaplan.

Directors attended a legislative briefing from NEA Government Relations Staff.

Members of Congress or their staff visited:

  • Staff member for Senator Mark Kirk (R)
  • Staff member Brad Middleton for Senator Dick Durbin (D)
  • Staff member John Marshall for Bobby Rush (D-1)
  • Staff member Jay Cho for Robin Kelly (D-2)
  • Staff member Jason Day for Daniel Lipinski (D-3)
  • Staff member Shira Siegel for Mike Quigley (D-5)
  • Danny Davis (D-7)
  • Tammy Duckworth (D-8)
  • Staff member Waverly Gordon for Jan Schakowsky (D-9)
  • Legislative Director Cara Toman for Brad Schneider (D-10)
  • Staff member Patrick Ptak for Adam Kinzinger (R-11)
  • William Enyart (D-12)
  • Staff member Ashley Phelps for Rodney Davis (R-13)
  • Staff member Jim Goldenstein for John Shimkus (R-19)

NEA lobbying efforts focused on these questions:

1. Will the Member cosponsor the Strong Start for America’s Children Act (S.1697/H.R. 3461)?

2. Will the Member support increasing the federal minimum wage such as through the Minimum Wage Fairness Act (S. 1737/H.R. 1010)?

3. Will the Member support the strengthening of the Voting Rights Amendment Act of 2014 (S. 1945/H.R. 3899)?

Thanks to Rainy Kaplan for this lobbying update.

For the latest information on federal issues members are encouraged to visit EducationVotes.nea.org.

NEA Lobby Report – September 2013

November 14, 2013

NEA Directors Lobbying in Washington, D.C. included:  Eric Brown, Joyce Bailey, Tom Tully, Alex Wallace, Vickie Mahrt, Rainy Kaplan and IEA Sec-Treas. Al Llorens and IEA-Retired member Bob Kaplan.

Congressional Offices Visited included:  Representatives Robin Kelly (D-2), William Enyart (D-12), Tammy Duckworth (D-8), Brad Schneider (D-10),  Rodney Davis (R13-), Bill Foster (D-11), John Shimkus (R-19), Aaron Schock (R-18), Danny Davis (D-7), Mike Quigley (D-5), and Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL).

Education Funding & FY 2014 Budget – House & Senate

Our Message to Members of Congress:

Sequestration’s across-the-board cuts have slashed critical programs like Title I by more than $750 million, IDEA by more than $600 million, and Head Start by more than $400 million. Already, 57,000 children have lost seats in Head Start classes – an opportunity to be school ready that they will never get back.

These cuts are hurting children and students right now. And some cuts never heal. Cuts have had a disproportionate impact on higher-poverty communities and students most in need; one in four children attends school in a district that receives 15-20 percent of its education revenue from federal sources. Professionals like special education aides, reading specialists, and counselors have had jobs eliminated, meaning less individual instruction and attention to students who need it most. Congress must reverse the austerity course, stop these damaging cuts from continuing, and demand additional revenue, including closing corporate loopholes. Kids have already taken on too much of the burden toward deficit reduction and their education must not be cut any further. We urge you to vote against any final FY14 plan to continue funding at sequester levels.

ESEA Reauthorization – Senate

Our Message to the Senators:

NEA believes there are three core themes upon which the next iteration of ESEA should be based to ensure it fulfills its purpose:

1.  Student success – preparing all students to thrive

2.  Accomplished education professionals – supporting great teachers and education support professionals

3.  Social Justice – ensuring equity and opportunity for all students.

We need to ensure students can think critically, solve problems, and are prepared to be engaged citizens. Using multiple sources of evidence of student learning and school performance over time is critical.  We support standards and assessments that are accessible for all students and that address the unique assessment needs of students with disabilities and English-language learners.  We must help districts recruit and retain excellent teachers and education support professionals, especially in hard-to-staff schools.  This means promoting high standards and rigorous preparation for entry into the teaching profession, and fostering comprehensive systems of induction, mentoring, and professional development.  We must adequately and equitably fund our schools, especially critical core programs like Title I and IDEA.  We need sustained and targeted research-based support for struggling or priority schools.  We should ensure all children from low-income families have access to a high-quality early childhood education.

Comprehensive Immigration Reform – House

Our Message to Members of Congress:

Every day, we see the impact our broken immigration system has on our students, their families and our communities.  We must create a realistic path to citizenship for the 11 million aspiring citizens who call America home. We need to ensure a fair process when drafting legislation that takes into consideration who these new Americans are, and what they contribute to our country.

Preserve the unity of families, traditional and nontraditional.  Family unity plays a critical role in student success.  Yet, growing numbers of public school students live in fear that our nation’s immigration policies will break up their families, forcing them to choose between their country and their loved ones – mothers, fathers, sisters, and brothers. Family-based immigration is essential to keeping America strong.

Incorporate and expand the DREAM Act and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).  Many of the more than 50,000 undocumented students who graduate from U.S. high schools are unable to pursue higher education simply because they cannot afford it.  We must also ensure that the youngest children, our Little DREAMers, are not excluded from the DREAM Act’s expedited pathway to citizenship simply because of their age. Under current law, undocumented students can be denied access to in-state tuition, federal loans, and health benefits. Addressing these issues is a top priority for America’s educators.

Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) – House&Senate

Our Message to the House and Senate Members:

All persons must have equal opportunity for employment, promotion, compensation, and leadership. Too many educators have been the victims of irrational employment discrimination based on sexual orientation.

This discrimination harms the American system of public education and the children it serves. ENDA supports the fundamental American ideal that individuals should be judged in the workplace by their ability to perform the required job rather than by prejudice and discrimination.

Poll after poll of the American public demonstrates the overwhelming support, across party lines, for passage of such anti-employment discrimination legislation.

For the latest NEA information on legislative actions and talking points visit:  www.EducationVotes.nea.org .