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S. 195
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Mental health professionals must be the first eyes on children ...

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S. 195: Mental Health in Schools Act of 2013

Mental health professionals must be the first eyes on children who could be a danger to themselves or others; mental health professionals must also provide counseling and/or therapy to school children in order to address a wide variety of everyday emotional and behavioral disorders such as bullying, abuse, eating disorders, self-harm, addictions, and other issues. The mental health of children K-12, and treatment of symptoms of poor mental health, should be made a high priority in the seamless integration of services from the school and community.

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H.R. 83: Bullying Prevention and Intervention Act of 2011

Bullying prevention programs have a track record of effectiveness: they reduce school violence and increase civility. This is a student health and safety issue that school districts may face legal liability for if not adequately addressed. Every child has the right to learn in a safe environment free from harassment and verbal or other abuse.

(This bill failed to be passed during the two-year Congress in which it was introduced.)
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S. 506: Safe Schools Improvement Act of 2011

Bullying prevention programs have a track record of effectiveness: they reduce school violence and increase civility. This is a student health and safety issue that school districts may face legal liability for if not adequately addressed. Every child has the right to learn in a safe environment free from harassment and verbal or other abuse.

(This bill failed to be passed during the two-year Congress in which it was introduced.)
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H.R. 85: TEACH for Our Future Act of 2011

The teacher "dropout rate"--teachers who leave the profession after just a few years--is much too high. We must encourage our best and brightest to embrace the teaching profession and stay in it for the long haul. Until salaries rise to reflect the true value of teaching, we must reduce the student loan burden on modestly-paid teachers, many of whom live in expensive metropolitan areas.

(This bill failed to be passed during the two-year Congress in which it was introduced.)
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Keep Federal Funding For Education Intact

Across-the-board cuts that include federal education spending must be suspended, and instead we must extend federal support for programs like Title I, Head Start, special ed (IDEA), and other programs that ensure a high quality, equitable education is provided to every child in the nation. Investment in education should come from expiration of the Bush tax advantages for the wealthy, closure of corporate loopholes and raising minimal capital gains rates.

Sequestration -- across-the-board cuts to federal spending

In order to comply with the Budget Control Act of 2011, $1.2 Trillion of across-the-board cuts will be enacted in January, 2013 for the next ten years. Unless supporters of education speak out, children will be the ones to absorb $5 billion in cuts to federal education programs. The nation's most vulnerable children -- those from low-income or English language learner backgrounds, or needing special education -- will experience the loss of tutors, aides, and other educators with specialized skills to help them succeed. This is unacceptable. Voters in the most recent election rejected ballooning class sizes and disinvestment in education.

We must follow through in the lame duck session by limiting cuts to education, raising revenue through increases on the income tax rates paid by the top 1%, and closing capital gains and corporate loopholes in order to invest in a globally competitive, high quality education for every child in the nation.

(This bill was proposed in a previous session of Congress.)
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Senate: Save STEM Education and IDEA From Crippling Budget Cuts Proposed in HR 1

K12 News Network joins the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) and the Committee for Education Funding (CEF) in opposing crippling cuts to education funding that will disproportionately affect low-and moderate-income families, disabled students, minority youth, and STEM programs, pre-K to post-secondary.

H.R. 1947: Post 9/11 Troops to Teachers Enhancement Act

This bill supports a path to careers as teachers for veterans of post 9/11 wars -- it rebuilds the economy, the teacher workforce, and strengthens our public schools all at the same time.

(This bill failed to be passed during the two-year Congress in which it was introduced.)
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H.R. 1: Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act, 2011

We oppose cuts in education funding as passed by the House in H.R. 1, and ask that the Senate

1) restore $180 million to the Math & Science Partnership Program at the Department of Education;

2) restore $166 million to the NSF Education and Human Resources directorate;

3) restore Title I funding of $693 million (if cut, services reduced or eliminated for 957,000 thousand high-risk children and potentially causing the loss of over 9,000 education jobs);

4) restore funding of $557 million in state grants to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), providing key federal support to the costs of educating 324,000 students with disabilities and saving over 7,000 education jobs;

5) and restore $5.6 billion in Pell grants enabling low- and middle-income families to pay for educating 1.5 million college students.

(This bill failed to be passed during the two-year Congress in which it was introduced.)
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