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For educators, it’s not too early to think about 2016 election

April 14, 2015

Lately, there’s been a lot of buzz about politicians who have announced candidacies, formed exploratory committees, and hired staff gearing up for the 2016 election. But have you thought about how you will voice your concerns to the next potential president of the United States? According to Lily Eskelsen García, a Utah educator who is also president of the National Education Association, now is the perfect time.

Presidential hopefuls share anti-public education views at conservative conference

March 19, 2015

By the end of the week, education activists should have a better understanding of how the 2016 field of presidential hopefuls on the Republican side is shaping up and what some of the threats to students, educators, and public education may look like in the future.

Thursday, February 26, kicks off the start of the 2015 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington, DC. CPAC represents the largest gathering of right-wing conservatives from around the country.

Shameful Milestone: Majority of Public School Students Live in Poverty

March 19, 2015

According to a research bulletin released on January 15 by the Southern Education Foundation (SEF), for the first time in recent history, just over 50 percent of children attending U.S. public schools come from low-income families.

SEF collected data from the National Center for Education Statistics that broke out by state the percentage of students who were eligible to receive free or reduced price lunches during the 2012-13 school year. At least half of students fit this eligibility in 21 states, including California, Texas, and Florida.

Will Congress unlock access to shelter for homeless students?

March 19, 2015

A hotel room is not a home. A friend’s couch, another family’s basement—these aren’t homes either. These are places people might stay when they’ve lost their home.

More than 1.2 million students were identified by public schools as homeless during the 2012-13 school year. But many of them are not considered such under HUD (U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development) criteria.

1 in 5 children receive food stamps — more than before the recession

March 19, 2015

While some would say the nation is rebounding from the recession, the gains of the recovering economy have not been equally felt throughout the country, especially for vulnerable families and children. Children today, in fact, are more likely to be receiving food stamps than they were before the recession.

WI Gov. Scott Walker among 2016 GOP hopefuls plugging into Koch network

March 19, 2015

For years Education Votes has covered how Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker has made life tougher for public school students and educators, not to mention working families.

Just days after his re-election in November, Walker promised more of the same with his pledge to expand the private school voucher scheme used to funnel more than $300 million in taxpayer money to unaccountable private schools.

Five years later, Citizens United gives greater voice to the wealthy

March 19, 2015

On January 21, the Supreme Court decision Citizens United v. FEC—which opened the floodgates for unlimited corporate dollars to influence elections—will celebrate its fifth anniversary. Since its inception, the ruling that equated money with free speech has impacted elections far more than predicted.

Step up your advocacy for students

March 19, 2015

Whether they realize it or not, decision makers at every level of government need your perspective as a public education advocate, whether you are an educator, a parent or both. Consistent communication and a positive approach will prompt lawmakers to become strong advocates for public schools.