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Educators Dialing Up Senators Today About Jobs Bill

By Brian Washington

February 23, 2010 -- The U.S. Senate is expected to consider jobs-related legislation this week to extend unemployment benefits and COBRA health coverage. The Senate voted to advance the bill last night and a final passage vote is expected within days. To make sure Senators understand the importance of including education funding in any jobs bill they consider, educators are calling Senators today in droves.

Participants in NEA and partner organization's Jobs Package Call-in Day are reminding legislators that the bill must contain the following:
·        An Education Jobs Fund to save or create hundreds of thousands of education jobs;
·        An extension of federal Medicaid funding to relieve budget pressures and prevent more cuts to education funding;  and
·        Private pension relief to protect retirement security.

The U.S. House of Representatives has already passed a jobs bill with funding for states to hire and retain teachers and education support professionals.
To participate or find out more about the Jobs Package Call-in Day, head to NEA's Legislative Action Center


NEA Today Action: Education Jobs

See how many education jobs the House-passed bill will be saved/created in your state.

See how much funding states will lose once monies under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act expire, unless Congress provides more funding in a jobs/economic recovery bill.

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Learn more about the Jobs Package Call-in Day at NEA's Legislative Action Center