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Keep Our PACT Act would ensure education is a priority in federal budget

NEA urges Congress to put students ahead of politics by passing vital education funding bill

WASHINGTON - December 06, 2018 -

U.S. Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-Maryland) introduced the Keep Our PACT Act into Congress, which would create a 10-year mandatory glide path to fully fund both Title I and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act that could help ensure education is a priority in the federal budget. The bill is supported by the National Education Association, which represents 3 million educators working in America’s public schools, colleges and universities.

The following statement can be attributed to NEA President Lily Eskelsen García:

“The National Education Association has been steadfast in its mission that that all students deserve early learning opportunities, classes small enough for one-on-one attention, modern tools and textbooks, and community support services. We thank Senator Van Hollen for his leadership and introducing the Keep Our PACT Act that makes student opportunity a federal budget priority, especially when it comes to the targeted investments in education programs designed to help students in poverty, children with disabilities and those who are most in need.

“Voters made it clear that they believe our schools need more resources. Congress always has fallen short on funding Title I and IDEA, but we believe the momentum is building to correct these shortfalls — and this bill proves it. We urge Congress to put students, educators and working families ahead of politics and pass the Keep Our PACT Act because it provides opportunities to all students.”

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CONTACT: Staci Maiers, NEA Communications
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