Sending Office: Honorable Alcee L. Hastings
Cosponsor H.R.1691, the Teacher Victims’ Family Assistance Act of 2019
Cosponsors: Reps. Gwen Moore, Frederica Wilson, Susan Wild, Al Lawson, Darren Soto, Ann M. Kuster.
I write to ask for your support for the Teacher Victims’ Family Assistance Act of 2019.
As you may know, in the 2018 school year alone, there were 24 school shooting incidents. Alarmingly, this is the highest annual number of school shootings in recent history, averaging out to one school shooting incident every seven and a half school days.
The pain and heartache that result from this tragic and needless loss of life sends shockwaves through the families left behind, and through our communities. Today, our teachers must contend with not only the awesome responsibility of preparing our children
for bright and meaningful futures, but also with protecting them from the very real threat of active shooters and others wishing to harm our children and grandchildren. Too often, the teachers themselves are casualties in our country’s ongoing gun violence
epidemic, leaving the families of the slain teachers, many with small children, unprepared financially.
The Teacher Victims’ Family Assistance Act of 2019 directs the Secretary of Education to provide assistance to the immediate family members of K-12 teachers or other school employees who are killed during their performance of duties at a public
or private school.
In so doing, the bill provides victims’ families with: (1) funeral assistance; (2) a death benefit payment to the surviving spouse, dependent child, or other next of kin; (3) monthly living assistance for the surviving spouse until death or remarriage and
for each dependent child until age 18; and (4) undergraduate education assistance for each dependent child.
If you would like to become a cosponsor or have any additional questions regarding this important legislation, please contact Jessica Gumucio in my office at (Jessica.Gumucio@mail.house.gov)
Alcee L. Hastings
Member of Congress
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