More than a thousand CEA members have called or sent their Congressional representatives an email to urge that the national teacher jobs bill be kept alive. Have you joined them? It’s vital that more teachers take action to extend the advocacy. Keeping the calls and emails going to Capitol Hill provides more reasons to illustrate why the Keep Our Educators Working Act is critical.
If you have yet to contact your U.S. Representative, please take a moment to do so now. Call or email and ask your Representative to support the Keep Our Educators Working Act. This legislation could have a significant, positive impact for schools, students, and teachers in Connecticut.
On Monday, Connecticut Commissioner of Education, Mark McQuillan, sent letters to Connecticut’s Congressional Delegation to ask for their support of the Keep Our Educators Working Act. The legislation would offer a further $23 billion to schools across the country to help prevent layoffs. Read the Commissioner’s news release and letter.
Stimulus money for Connecticut’s schools will be drying up next year, and without additional federal funds, schools will likely face significant numbers of layoffs.
“Without action by Congress to continue its support of our schools, we face dire consequences at the local level,” wrote McQuillan. “While the total allocation to education under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) was a small fraction of the federal TARP funding that went to Wall Street, funds awarded to local school districts had a tremendous stabilizing effect on our local communities that kept local property taxes stable, teachers teaching and our classrooms functioning. School superintendents and local boards of education throughout Connecticut have been very concerned about Fiscal Year 2011-12 when the ARRA funding comes to an end.”