School Integration in 2018 ~ A Briefing on Past Progress, Present Threats, Future Opportunities

I hope you and your staff will join the National Coalition on School Diversity for a briefing on school integration efforts.

K-12 education is more segregated now than at any time since 1970, but there’s a growing movement to change that trajectory.  The briefing will focus on the threats to integration from across the country and potential solutions from the local, state and
federal levels.

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July Humanities Recess Event: Hamilton Exhibit at the National Postal Museum (New link)

Please join the Congressional Humanities Caucus for the July Humanities Recess Event (HRE)
next Friday, July 20, at 11:00 am at the National Postal Museum for the limited-time exhibit,
Alexander Hamilton: Soldier, Secretary, Icon. HREs are monthly Caucus-sponsored events for staffers to develop understandings of the relationships of public policy to history, literature, languages, philosophy, ethics, religion,
anthropology, government, linguistics, and other humanities disciplines.

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COSPONSOR THE TITLE VIII NURSING WORKFORCE REAUTHORIZATION ACT

Sending Office: Honorable Tulsi Gabbard Sent By: Peyton.Weber@mail.house.gov         Request for Cosponsor(s) Current Cosponsors: Joyce*, Matsui*, Davis*, Bonamici*, Meehan*, Castor*, Gabbard*, Walz, Lipinski, Blumenauer, Loebsack, Eshoo, David Young, DeFazio, Higgins, Jackson Lee, Garamendi, Don Young, Pocan, Napolitano, Capuano, Roybal-Allard, Engel, Jenkins, McKinley, Murphy, Shea-Porter, Courtney, Beatty, Takano, Pingree, Yarmuth, Rogers, Delaney, Aguilar, […]

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Become an Original Cosponsor of the AG RESEARCH Act

Agriculture plays a vital role in our economy. In 2015, agriculture and related industries contributed $992 billion to the U.S. gross domestic product (5.5 percent total GDP) and provided 21 million jobs (11 percent of total U.S. employment).  However, when
it comes to schools of agriculture, recent reports have shed light on the critical infrastructure needs all across the nation. One study, supported by the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) and published by Sightlines, LLC in October
2015 estimated that the deferred maintenance backlog at schools of agriculture totaled $8.4 billion. Each year USDA provides over $1.5 billion in research funding to schools of agriculture. Despite investing in agricultural research and development, federal
funds have not recently been made available for infrastructure needs. According to the Sightlines study, 80 percent of schools of agriculture are making infrastructure investments below what is required to stabilize or reduce the maintenance backlog.
The AG RESEARCH Act deals with the problem of the deferred maintenance backlog in two ways. The bill establishes within the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) a 1- to-1 matching competitive grant to schools of agriculture for altering, modernizing,
renovating, or remodeling research facilities and equipment-with priority given to projects that are shovel-ready or incorporate renewable energy or energy/water-efficient technologies.
The bill also authorizes the use of Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) funds for maintenance of ARS research facilities-with priority given to the most critical projects as indicated in the ARS Capital Investment Strategy.
Join us in helping to improve the infrastructure of our schools of agriculture to insure that research done for one of the pivotal pillars of our economy remains viable, cutting-edge, and helpful. If you would like to join as a cosponsor or for more information,
please contact Dave Chun at Dave.Chun@mail.house.gov.
 

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