August 16, 2018
Urge senators to VOTE NO on Brett Kavanaugh
Hearings on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh are scheduled to start Sept. 4 and will last three or four days, according to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA). Republicans are pushing to get Kavanaugh confirmed before the Supreme Court begins its next term in early October. Kavanaugh’s extensive record shows that he is not a fair-minded constitutionalist — someone who will fight for equality and justice for all. Of particular concern to educators, he is likely to uphold vouchers to private religious schools and declare protections for pre-existing conditions and other key provisions of the Affordable Care Act unconstitutional. As a judge, he has consistently voted to reverse rulings that protect workers' safety, privacy, and rights to organize and bargain collectively — and would do the same on the Supreme Court. The last thing we need is another partisan justice who sides with big corporations over protecting health care, civil rights, and treating working people fairly. Click on the take action button and tell your senators to reject Judge Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court.
Urge Congress to increase education funding
The Senate version of the FY2019 Labor-HHS-Education appropriations bill, which the chamber began debating last week, increases overall funding levels and prioritizes programs serving the students most in need like Title and IDEA. Nevertheless, huge funding gaps remain. For the 2017- 18 school year, public schools received $3.7 billion, or 19 percent, less for Title I students than they did in 2010. The federal share of IDEA funding for the 2017-18 school year was the lowest since 2001 — just 14.6 percent, far short of the 40 percent Congress promised to provide. Click on the take action button to urge your members of Congress to increase education funding.