Today, both the United States Senate and House of Representatives will be acting on a wide-ranging economic stimulus package proposed by President Barack Obama known as the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (House Resolution 1). The package totals $825 billion, including almost $250 billion in funding for education. California stands to gain approximately $10 billion through a combination of increased funding to IDEA/Special Education, Title I and funds for the School Modernization and Repair program. Approximately $4.8 billion in state stabilization funds to backfill state cuts to education is also a critical part of the package California desperately needs to address our state budget crisis.
Congress is in the midst of deciding our nation’s future. Tell them that any future must depend on the health and education of our children. Call your Representative and both Senators in Congress and let them know that you believe education and health must remain top priorities in the economic stimulus package.
Since Congress will be acting on this legislation as early as tomorrow, we encourage you to call your members of Congress.
Visit the PTA Takes Action Center to call or e-mail your senators and representative and let them know today!