Yes, ESEA IS FINALLY HAPPENING: After weeks of long and hard negotiations, House and Senate lawmakers have reached a preliminary agreement on a bill to reauthorize the long-stalled No Child Left Behind Act. The plan is to appoint members to a conference committee next week and finalize negotiations between the House and Senate ESEA bills, possibly before the end of the year. Any deal on a compromise bill will then need to pass back through the House and Senate before heading to the president's desk. SSWAA is still gathering details regarding what provisions are in this deal and will keep you posted as we learn.
Time is of the essence now. We strongly encourage you to take just a few minutes to send Congress this important message. Join your fellow education advocates and allied organizations urging Congress to finish rewriting ESEA and focus on opportunity for all students, no matter their zip code. Add the voice and message of school social workers to this effort and speak up for the Senate provisions that promote mental health services.
TAKE ACTION: Call your senators and representative easily and directly via the “Opportunity for All” hotline at 1-866-331-7233 FREE. OR: Click on the "Take Action" button using our "Sample Message" below or compose your own.
SAMPLE MESSAGE: Feel free to copy and paste:
"School social workers play a critical role in educating our children with the greatest needs. We need Congress to pass an ESEA bill that includes the Senate's language to strengthen school mental health services and interventions, and includes the Elementary and Secondary School Counseling Program ."
Click links if you need more information on school mental health services and interventions or the Elementary and Secondary School Counseling
Thank you for being part of our important national advocacy efforts and support for school social work services as well as for the children and families you serve.
SSWAA Legislative Advocacy Team
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