Merit Awards Program: Application Deadline Extended to
December 14, 2015 11:59 PM Eastern
Rally to Raise the Caps!
Magnet Schools of America Executive Director, Todd Mann stood in solidarity with leaders from more than 2,500 national, state and local health, education, housing, and law enforcement organizations in front of the U.S. Capitol to call on Congress to take immediate action to avoid America's next budget crisis.
He was invited to join members of the NDD United coalition and congressional representatives Chris Van Hollen, Rosa DeLauro, and Barbara Lee to give remarks and help deliver a letter signed by members of the coalition. It demands that Congress pass a bipartisan budget deal that will raise arbitrary spending caps that were put in place by a short-sighted policy called sequestration. Todd represented the broader education community and discussed the impact of these cuts on magnet schools. To emphasize their message, members of NDD United also delivered baseball caps to Capitol Hill with a simple slogan, "Raise the Caps" emblazoned on top.
Unless Congress acts, the federal government could potentially shut down on December 11 and billions of dollars in cuts to important programs will occur. The Magnet Schools Assistance Program has already been reduced by $15 million over the last three years due to sequestration. To make matters worse, House Appropriators have also proposed to completely eliminate all funding for magnet schools next year because of spending caps.
Help us send a message to Congress to "Raise the Caps" and replenish funding for magnet schools by emailing them a pre-written message through our Grassroots Action Center. Please show your support now!
Connecticut is home to 86 magnet schools, serving nearly 40,000 students. Magnet schools are actively closing the achievement gap by offering the opportunity for a high-quality, integrated education to all students, making them some of the most sought-after public schools in Connecticut. However, magnet schools have been flat-funded by the state for six years. Lack of funding has become an increasing problem that threatens the future of magnet school programs across Connecticut. Keep Reading...
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