Support Computer Science Education Week

The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that in the year 2022, there will be roughly 10 million jobs in STEM fields. Of those jobs, half are expected to be in computing and information technology. That’s nearly five million good-paying jobs waiting for those
who choose to study computer science.

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Help Prevent Heartbreaking Deaths in High School Football

I write today to invite you to join me as a co-sponsor of H.R. 3986, the High School Football Safety Study Act of 2015. This bipartisan bill directs the Centers for Disease Control, in consultation with the Department of Education and the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition, to conduct a study on the causes of deaths in high school football, and to develop recommendations to prevent death and serious injury in the future, including innovative ways of harnessing technology and data analytics to keep student-athletes healthy.

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Preserve the Legacy of Muhammad Ali

In our increasingly interconnected world, it is more important than ever to disseminate American humanitarian principles – and to encourage
the next generation of the world’s population to embrace peace and coexistence rather than radicalism and violence. In 2005, Muhammad Ali founded the Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville, Kentucky, an international education center, based on the core values by
which he lives – respect, confidence, conviction, dedication, giving, and spirituality. The Muhammad Ali Legacy Act would ensure Ali’s humanitarian work continues long into the future by establishing a grant program to promote global respect, understanding,
and communication, values that Ali has advocated for and realized in his own life. The grant program would be administered by the State Department and go to one or more U.S. nonprofit organizations that promote these values.

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Act to End Worsening Road Safety Trend–Cosponsor HR 1274, the Vision Zero Act

2015 is
on track to be the deadliest year on our roads since 2008. As communities around the country work to reverse this trend, there is a growing conviction that there is only one acceptable number of fatalities on our roadways: zero. I urge you to cosponsor
the bipartisan Vision Zero Act, H.R. 1274, to give local governments the tools they need to eliminate transportation-related deaths.

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Urge National Attention to Increase Teacher Diversity

According to recent data from the Center for American Progress, less than 20 percent of public school teachers identify as people of color, contrasted with nearly half of public school students. Meanwhile, the research is clear— students who have teachers
with racially and ethnically similar backgrounds have significantly higher graduation rates, lower suspension rates, and increased test scores.

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