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Education Reporter
NUMBER 175 THE NEWSPAPER OF EDUCATION RIGHTS AUGUST 2000

NEA's Lobbying Goals Include
Ratification of U.N. Treaties

The NEA's Legislative Program for 2000 supports funding for the "United Nations and similar agencies," specifically: 
  • world bodies dedicated to the furtherance of peace and human rights; 
  • U.S. participation in and equitable financing of the U.N. and related bodies; 
  • ratification of the U.N. Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW); 
  • ratification of the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child.

At its annual convention in July, the union claimed credit for the federal government's $2.1 billion increase in education funding for FY 2000, including a $100 million increase in class size reduction funding to "keep on track" the hiring of 100,000 new teachers, and increases for Title I and after-school and special education programs.

The NEA listed block grant programs, voucher proposals and tax credit proposals for private or home schools as "continuing threats to quality public schools." The NEA's Legislative Agenda

Though the NEA's 2000 Legislative Program remains basically the same as the 1999 program (see Education Reporter, August 1999), the union will additionally lobby the 107th Congress for: 

  • legislation providing that a licensed professional health care worker be present in every school for the duration of the student school day;  
  • development of collaborative programs among family, school, community, business, social services, and law enforcement agencies in the effort to reduce family/domestic violence, especially as it affects children;  
  • expansion of mental health services and the coordination with public schools on the provision of such services; 
  • federal initiatives to deal with the growing national concern relating to racial profiling.

 
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