NATIONAL CALL-IN DAY TO SAVE EDUCATOR JOBS AND KEEP STUDENTS LEARNING, WEDNESDAY, MAY 26
Next Wednesday, May 26, NEA will launch our National Speak Up for Education & Kids Campaign beginning with a National Call-in Day.
On Wednesday May 26th, call 1-866-608-6355 to contact your Representative in Congress.
You will hear talking points and will be connected to the United States Capitol Switchboard ask for your House Member.
Tell your Representative that public education faces a budget catastrophe and that he/she should support including funding to save education jobs in the emergency funding bill (known as the emergency supplemental funding bill).
With 300,000 education layoffs expected, our students are the ones who will suffer with overcrowded classrooms; shortened school days and weeks; and less individual attention and help from counselors, nurses, teachers, and support professionals. How can our students succeed with less time in the classroom, fewer instructors, and fewer supports?
Thousands of your colleagues are receiving pink slips every day. Layoffs of this many educators will also drive the national unemployment rates up even more. This would be a disaster in states that are already cash-strapped and even more of a disaster for the students we serve.
Please Speak Up!!
After you make your call, PLEASE forward this call-in day information to five friends, especially parents and other colleagues you know. Ask them to call Congress on May 26th and to forward this e-mail to five more friends. Congress cant ignore a strong message from all across the nation. Make your voice heard! Participate in the National Call-In Day and speak up for education and kids!
To keep up on the latest and support the effort:
E-mail your Members of Congress to support funding to save education jobs in the emergency supplemental appropriations bill.
Become a fan of Speak up for Education and Kids on Facebook -- a community of educators and concerned citizens now more than 12,000 strong who believe our nation has a responsibility to invest in education and avoid the short-sighted cuts that could deprive our students of the bright futures they deserve.
Share your story. Is your job in jeopardy? Have you already received a pink slip? Tell us what is happening in your school and how it will impact your students.
Read what your colleagues across the country are saying about layoffs in their schools.
Visit NEAs Education Votes site to share your story and read about other actions you can take to make sure your voice is heard on the issues that matter the most.
URGE CONGRESS TO PASS LEGISLATION TO EXTEND EDUCATOR TAX DEDUCTION, UNEMPLOYMENT, AND HEALTH BENEFITS, AND PROVIDE URGENT PENSION RELIEF
The House has not voted yet on tax extenders legislation (H.R. 4213) that includes a number of provisions of great importance to educators, but a vote is expected next week. Your help is needed to ensure passage in the House and to garner the 60 votes that will be needed to pass it in the Senate. The American Jobs, Closing Tax Loopholes, and Preventing Outsourcing Act will:
Extend aid to states to help cover Medicaid costs to take pressure off state budgets and prevent cuts to education and other important priorities.
Provide relief for private pension plan sponsors to help deal with the dramatic losses incurred during the market crashes of 2008 and 2009.
Extend the tax deduction for educators out-of-pocket classroom supply expenses. This deduction has expired and must be extended in order to be available when educators file their taxes next year.
Extend unemployment benefits and COBRA health benefits until the end of 2010 to help struggling families make ends meet and address the great instability in many of our students lives caused by family financial crises.
The bottom line is that the tax extenders bill will help fund schools, ease financial burdens for educators who are increasingly paying for more and more school supplies for their students, and help our students' families survive during this economic crisis. We owe it to our students to protect them as much as possible from this financial crisis.
Contact your Members of Congress Today! Urge your Members of Congress to support the tax extenders bill (H.R. 4213).