"H.R. 2988: School Social Workers Improving Student Success Act"
SSWAA is thrilled to share the news that Representative Gwen Moore (D-WI) has also reintroduced the "School Social Workers Improving Student Success Act." (Formerly H.R. 568 and H.R. 1138 )
Representative Moore's office has sent out a "Dear Colleague" letter to invite other Representatives to join her in co-sponsoring the bill. You can refer to this “Dear Colleague” letter if you wish, or simply review it to hear the wonderful description of school social workers and the critical services they provide.
We request that you contact your Representative (not Senators yet, as we are still working on a Senate companion bill), and urge him/her to co-sponsor this bill!! The more cosponsors on a bill, the more attention it gets, and the more likely it will move towards passage.
Here is how to TAKE ACTION! (It will only take about 10 minutes.)
1. If you don't already know who your House member is, go to www.house.gov put in your zip code, and you'll find your House member.
2. Call the member's office. You can reach every member through the Capitol switchboard at 202-225-3121202-225-3121 (Please use your home or cell phone. DO NOT USE YOUR SCHOOL PHONE!).
3. Once you've reached the office, ask for the name and spelling of the staff person who handles education issues.
4. If the staff person is available, identify yourself as a school social worker and a constituent and a member of SSWAA (hopefully!) and your state association, if there is one. Deliver the following message:
"Rep. Moore has re-introduced the School Social Workers Improving Student Success Act. She is currently circulating a 'Dear Colleague' letter and I would appreciate your signing on as a co-sponsor of this very important legislation. Can we count on Representative ___________ to co-sponsor? I hope as a constituent and as a school social worker in _______ School District that you will give serious consideration to this request. Thanks!"
If the staff person wants more information about school social worker in his/her district, tell them about what you do every day for kids and families!
If the staff person is NOT available:
5. Send an email with the same message. All House staff email addresses follow this same formula: email@example.com (example: firstname.lastname@example.org) .
6. If you have any questions, please contact the SSWAA Legislative Staff: Myrna Mandlawitz, Director of Government Relations, email@example.com or Libby Nealis, Director of Policy and Advocacy, firstname.lastname@example.org
Please ask all SSWAA members in your state to contact their Representatives!
THANK YOU for taking the time to advocate on behalf of yourself and school social workers. Your efforts truly can make a difference!
Libby Nealis, MSSW
Director of Policy and Advocacy
School Social Work Association of America
(Pictured: Rep. Moore and SSWAA's Legislative Team--Libby Nealis, Myrna Mandlawitz. Representative Gwen Moore and Richard Spring)