Saturday, October 13, 2007

Tell Your Senators to Increase Education Funding in 2008

More Funds Needed in 2008: Contact Your Senators Now

The 2008 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Bill (S. 1710) is scheduled to go before the Senate next week, possibly as soon as Tuesday. This bill provides federal funds for education, but not enough.

The Senate bill...

includes an overall education funding increase of $2.6 billion—4.3 percent more than the 2007 funding level.

is $1.6 billion less that the funding bill passed by the House, which provides an increase of $4.2 billion, or 7.4 percent more than the previous year.
At a time when schools need more resources and support, the Senate bill falls short on vital funding increases, especially for teacher quality programs.

Please contact your Senators and urge them to support amendments that would increase education funding to reflect the numbers provided in the House-passed bill.

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