Action Alert from COE

posted Feb 21, 2011, 12:38 PM by Kentucky Trio
Please see the following message from COE:

February 20, 2011

 

Dear Colleague:

 

On Saturday, the House of Representatives passed the Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2011 (H.R. 1) by a vote of 235-189.  This bill cuts non-security spending by $64 billion when compared to Fiscal Year 2010 levels. Not only does the bill cut TRIO by 2.9%, GEAR UP by 6.1% and the community services block grants by 45.7%, it also slashes the maximum Pell Grant award by $845.     

 

To see how your House Member voted, please visit http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2011/roll147.xml.    It is important to note that all the Democrats voted against the bill as did three Republicans -- Reps. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), Walter Jones (R-N.C.) and John Campbell (R-Calif.).

 

Many of you could not open the chart that was sent out regarding the cuts in H.R. 1 by program.   Those programs cut or eliminated are included in the list below.        If you have not already, please contact your Senators immediately (http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm) and ask them to vote NO on H.R. 1 (please see the alert below that went out on Friday).     Remember, your voice matters so reach out early and often.  Also remember all of Congress is in recess this week so work the local offices in your area as well.

 

Sincerely,

 

Heather Valentine

COE

  

PROGRAMS ELIMINATED:

  • Alaska Native Educational Equity, cut by $33.3 million
  • Alcohol Abuse Reduction, cut by $32.7 million
  • Carol M. White Physical Education for Progress Program, cut $79 million
  • Civic Education, cut by $35 million
  • Close Up Fellowships, cut by $1.9 million
  • Education for Native Hawaiians, cut by $34.3 million
  • Educational Technology State Grants, cut by $100 million
  • Elementary and Secondary School Counseling, cut by $55 million
  • Even Start Family Literacy Program, cut by $66.5 million
  • Foreign Language Assistance, cut by $26.9 million
  • Fund for the Improvement of Education, cut by $271.6 million
  • High School Graduation Initiative, cut by $50 million
  • Improving Literacy Through School Libraries, cut by $19.1 million
  • Mathematics and Science Partnerships, cut by $180.5 million
  • Mentoring Children of Prisoners, cut by $49.3 million
  • National Writing Project, cut by $25.6 million
  • National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign, cut by $45 million
  • Ready to Learn Television, cut by $27.3 million
  • Regional Educational Laboratories, cut by $70.7 million
  • School Leadership, cut by $29.2 million
  • Smaller Learning Communities, cut by $88 million
  • Special Olympics Education Programs, cut by $8.1 million
  • State Grants for Incarcerated Youth Offenders, cut by $17.2 million
  • Statewide Data Systems, cut by $56.3 million
  • Striving Readers, cut by $200 million
  • Teach for America, cut by $18 million
  • Teacher Quality Enhancement Grants, cut by $43 million
  • Teaching of Traditional American History, cut by $119 million
  • Tech Prep State Grants, cut by $103 million
  • Teen Pregnancy Prevention Discretionary Grants, cut by $110 million
  • Youth Build, cut by $102.5 million

 PROGRAMS CUT: 

  • 21st Century Community Learning Centers, cut by $100 million (8.6% decrease from 2010)
  • Child Care and Development Block Grant, cut by $39 million, (1.8% decrease from 2010)
  • Commodity Assistance Program, cut by $26 million (10.4% decrease from 2010)
  • Community Health Centers, cut by $367 million  (45.7% decrease from 2010)
  • Community Services Block Grant, cut by $14.2 million(45.71% decrease from 2010)
  • Consumer Product Safety Commission, cut by $1.6 million (2.7% decrease from 2010)
  • Corporation for National and Community Service, cut by $409.6 million (89.1% decrease from 2010)
  • GEAR UP, cut by $19.8 million (6.1% decrease from 2010)
  • Grants to States (Special Education), cut by $557.7 million (4.9% decrease from 2010)
  • Head Start, cut by $108.3 million, (15% decrease from 2010)
  • Juvenile Justice Programs, cut by $191.1 million (45.1% decrease from 2010)
  • Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, cut by $148.3 million (7.7% decrease from 2010)
  • Maternal and Child Health Block Grant, cut by $50 million (7.6% decrease from 2010)
  • National Science Foundation Education Programs, cut by $36 million (16.8% decrease from 2010)
  • Poison Control, cut by $176.2 million (93.1% decreases from 2010)
  • Public Housing Operating Fund, cut by $61.06 million (3.1% decrease from 2010)
  • Special Supplemental Program for Women, Infants and Children, cut by $747.2 million (10.3% decrease from 2010)
  • Tenant Based Rental Assistance, cut by $56.3 million (0.6% decrease from 2010)
  • Title I Grants to LEAs, cut by $693.5 million (4.8% decrease from 2010)
  • TRIO Programs, cut by $12.5 million (2.9% decrease from 2010)

Republican-backed House to Vote Yes on Slashing Funding Levels for Programs Serving Low-Income Students and Families….Now it’s Time to Work the Senate!   

 

All Members are home next week for the President’s Day Recess!!!!! 

The House just passed a bill (H.R. 1) that cuts $100 billion in spending for the country’s most underprivileged citizens.   

Next the bill heads to the Senate……What will the Senate do?

Tell Senators to Reject Irresponsible Spending Cuts that Target TRIO, the Pell Grant program and Other Programs that Provide Necessary Support to  the Nation’s Low-Income Youth and Families

 

Tomorrow, the Republican-lead House will vote to cut a variety of education programs, most of which are targeted to low-income students – including TRIO, GEAR UP and Pell Grants (for a list of cuts, please see the attached chart). It is now up to the Senate to vote on the measure, which is expected to face strong opposition by the Democratic majority. It is up to YOU to start calling your Senators immediately and let them know that a cut against TRIO and the Pell Grant program is a cut against low-income and first-generation students, students with disabilities, adult learners, and Veterans where you live. 

 

The Senate is in recess next week, so it is the perfect time to outreach and meet, call, and write your Senators, contact your local media and express your feelings about these drastic cuts, and rally your community. For the contact information for your local Senate offices, please visit http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm.

 

The Senate will not vote until after the recess. Please use the week when Congress is at home to let your Senators know they must reject the devastating cuts the House will soon pass. 

Organize activities and/or attend events so your Senators learn how harmful the cuts to TRIO and other education programs will be to their constituents:

 

  • Invite your Senator and/or staff to visit a TRIO program at your institution. Let them see a successful program, talk to students and families served by TRIO, and hear about the effects of a potential cut. (If you can't schedule such a visit next week, arrange for a later time. There will be many more votes about cuts in the coming months.)
  • Schedule a meeting with your Senators or Rep. and a group of advocates either at their office, a location you arrange, or by conference call. (When time is short, the conference call may be easiest to arrange.)
  • Find out about "meet and greet" opportunities or forums set up by your Senators or Rep. and arrange to have people there who can talk about the cuts.
  • Arrange for call-ins to the local offices each day, by different members of your network. 

 

[Note: contacting Senators is most crucial, because the final outcome is in their hands. But holding events with Reps. can also be important, either to hold them accountable for their vote or to get press attention that the Senator will also see.]

Please tell us if you will be doing any of these (or other) activities, or ask for more information, by contacting Heather Valentine (heather.valentine@coenet.us) or Kimberly Jones (Kimberly.jones@coenet.us). Don’t forget to send us your stories and what you are accomplishing back home! Together, by working in DC and in local Districts, we can, and will, make a difference!