FRIDAY 5/19/2017

FEDERAL:

Oppose Massive Education Cuts

Donald Trump, through his education secretary Betsy DeVos, is proposing the first step in the dismantling of public schools as we know them. Sweeping cuts totalling over $10 billion will affect everything from student loan forgiveness to money for mental health services to funding for advanced coursework. Some of the savings will be channeled, predictably, to voucher programs and charter schools. The takeaway, however, is massive, and will leave our already struggling schools ill equipped to face the challenges of tomorrow. A thriving public school system is a pillar upon which the American dream of social mobility is built.

Washington Post story: https://goo.gl/1YMkws

SCRIPT:
Hello, I am a constituent calling from ________________ to urge Sen./Rep. ___________ to oppose Betsy DeVos’s education plan. In particular, I am concerned about the elimination of Public Service Loan Forgiveness, which will discourage people from going into public service in fields like social work and education. This will also mean fewer doctors working in underserved rural communities. The plan would also reduce Pell Grant payments and dramatically cut work-study programs. All of these cuts would fall primarily on poor and working-class students who struggle to pay for college. Thank you for taking my call.

Senator Richard Burr
Washington, DC: (202) 224-3154
Winston-Salem: (336) 631-5125

Senator Thom Tillis
Washington, DC: (202) 224-6342
High Point: (336) 885-0685

HOUSE:
Rep. Virginia Foxx
Clemmons, NC (336) 778-0211
Washington, DC (202) 225-2071

Rep. Ted Budd
Advance, NC (336) 998-1313
Washington, DC (202-225-4531

Rep. Mark Walker
Greensboro, NC (336) 333-5005
Washington, DC (202) 225-3065

_______________________
STATE:

NC Budget: Higher Education Cuts

The NC Senate budget, now before the House, cuts millions in dollars in funding for higher education over the next two years, and cuts additional funding to centers that provide resources for research and community engagement. Another area of critical need is funding for community colleges which is set at minimum levels in this budget. By contrast, Governor Cooper’s budget would greatly expand these programs. Finally, the Senate budget slashes funding for need-based grants. This would force students to take out potentially debilitating loans, and like much in this budget, penalizes those with the least.

Background:
http://pulse.ncpolicywatch.org/2017/05/11/senate-budget-misses-mark-post-secondary-education/#sthash.Kz8XWixX.dpbs

SCRIPT:
Hi, I am a constituent calling from ________ to urge Rep. _________ to oppose the NC Senate’s budget plan that would cut funding for community colleges and institutions of higher learning. We need to invest in young people by providing robust need-based grants to cover tuition, and we need innovative programs to make sure that our workers are trained for the jobs of tomorrow. Thanks for recording my call.

NC House
http://www.ncga.state.nc.us/gascripts/members/memberListNoPic.pl?sChamber=House

Find Your Rep:
http://www.ncleg.net/representation/WhoRepresentsMe.aspx

Send Free Faxes:
https://faxzero.com/