Seeking Original Cosponsors- Commending Valedictorians and 2016 HS Graduates

I invite you to become an original cosponsor of a non-controversial House Resolution that commends valedictorians and graduating high school students of 2016. Specifically, it “recognizes the achievements of America’s high school valedictorians, encourages civic engagement, and commends academic excellence of all American high school students.” In the 110th Congress, a nearly identical bill passed the House by voice vote with 108 cosponsors (cosigners still in Congress listed below copy of bill).

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LAST CALL: SUPPORT AFTERSCHOOL PROGRAMS FOR CHILDREN AND FAMILIES

Support for federal funding for afterschool programs is deep, enduring and bipartisan. Even in this tight fiscal environment, Americans recognize the need to continue supporting these critical programs. We appreciate the challenging situation you face with the Fiscal Year 2017 Labor, Health, and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies Appropriations bill and thank you for your consideration of this matter.

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Help 4.8 Million Student Parents by Expanding Campus Child Care (v. 2)

Improving access to high quality, dependable and affordable child care is one of the most efficient and effective ways colleges and universities can help low-income student parents successfully earn a degree, while meeting family responsibilities. Over the past 15 years, the number of student parents enrolled in higher education increased by 50 percent. Today, there are 4.8 million students parents enrolled in postsecondary education, which accounts for 26 percent of the total student population in the United States. 82 percent of student parents are women, and nearly half of all African American women in college are mothers (47 percent) followed by 41 percent of American Indians or Alaska Natives, 39 percent of Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander women and 36 percent of Latina women. Expanding access to affordable child care is critical for many of these student parents to attend and complete their college education.

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LAST CALL: ED Office of Civil Rights Appropriations Request

I urge you to join in signing the letter below asking the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Services (LHHS) Appropriations Subcommittee to support the President’s FY17 budget request of $138 million for the Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights – representing an increase of $31 million from FY16. The increase would help build capacity at OCR – speeding up and increasing their ability to investigate critical civil rights issues in education.

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Become an Original Cosponsor of a Resolution in Recognition of National Middle Level Education Month

Each day young adolescents enter school deserving what research and practice have shown to help middle grades students achieve: challenging and engaging instruction;teachers and administrators knowledgeable and prepared to provide young adolescents with a safe, challenging and supportive learning environment; and organizational structures that banish anonymity and promote personalization, collaboration and social equity.

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Support full funding for STEM Master Teacher Corps in FY17

I urge you to join in signing the letter below asking the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Services (LHHS) Appropriations Subcommittee to include funding of $10 million in the fiscal year (FY) 2017 LHHS Appropriations bill for the STEM Master Teacher Corps authorized in ESSA, supporting the President’s budget request.

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