Congress

Critical Time to Advocate for Key Priorities

This year, the normal cadence of congressional activity – like so many other things – has been profoundly disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. In many communities, the town halls, constituent meetings, and community events that would normally define congressional recesses have been replaced with Zoom meetings, conference calls, and socially distant gatherings. (Note: you can go to www.house.gov to connect
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AF Weekly Tip Sheet: Policy and Advocacy (8/25)

Below is the latest America Forward “Tip Sheet,” a weekly update on Federal activity related to education, workforce development, and other priorities of the America Forward Coalition.   Advancing Whole Learner Education   Last week, Arizona State Representative Jennifer Longdon (D-Phoenix) penned an op-ed in the Tucson Sun advocating to incorporate whole learner approaches to learning into fall plans, as
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Key America Priorities Included in FY21 House LHHS Funding Legislation

Late last month, the House of Representatives passed a six-bill appropriations “minibus” that included Fiscal Year 2021 funding for Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education. Throughout the appropriations process, America Forward advocated for funding decisions that would help advance equity, support innovation, increase efficiency, and reward results; America Forward summarized several Coalition funding priorities in a letter to key
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AF Weekly Tip Sheet: Policy and Advocacy (6/29)

Below is the latest America Forward “Tip Sheet,” a weekly update on Federal activity related to education, workforce development, and other priorities of the America Forward Coalition. COVID-19 Resources: How COVID-19 Widened Racial Inequalities in Education, Health, and the Workforce. On Tuesday of last week, the House Education and Labor Committee held a hearing on the ways in which COVID-19
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AF Coalition Members Step up During the COVID-19 Crisis (Vol. 5)

In the midst of the COVID-19 crisis, America Forward Coalition organizations are working tirelessly to connect students, families, educators, workers, elected leaders, and advocates with critical tools, information, and resources.  Every week, we’ll be highlighting a few examples of the vitally important work being done by the members of the America Forward Coalition. If your organization has resources, an announcement,
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AF Weekly Tip Sheet: COVID Policy and Advocacy (5/18/20)

Below is the latest America Forward “Tip Sheet,” a weekly update related to COVID-19 relief and recovery legislation. The Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES) Act Last week, House Democrats released the Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES) Act, their proposal for the next COVID-19 relief package. It provides approximately $3 trillion in total funding. The
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Dear Congress: Prioritize Key Investments in Education and Workforce During COVID-19 Relief and Recovery

Late last week, America Forward sent a letter to Congressional leaders about centering nonprofits and vulnerable communities in any additional COVID-19 relief and recovery policy. The letter, drawing insight from America Forward's deep advocacy over the last two months, calls on Congress to focus on "...fully including nonprofit organizations in the relief efforts and directing critical funding to those most
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AF Weekly Tip Sheet: COVID Policy & Advocacy (4/27/20)

Below is the latest America Forward “Tip Sheet,” a weekly update related to COVID-19 relief and recovery legislation. Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act Last week, the President signed into law the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act, which provides $484 billion in emergency funding in response to the COVID-19 crisis. The legislation includes $310 billion
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Coalition Spotlight: Jumpstart Endorses House Democrat Aim Higher Act to Reauthorize the Higher Education Act

Coalition organization Jumpstart works toward the day every child in America enters kindergarten prepared to succeed. The following post, Jumpstart Endorses Aim Higher Act, was published on Jumpstart’s website on July 25, 2018, and details the importance of this legislation to Jumpstart and other America Forward partner and Coalition organizations. Please contact Jumpstart’s Vice President of Policy & Government Relations,
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Historic Day for Evidence-Based Policymaking

In the midst of the political rancor and partisan bickering surrounding how to fund our federal government, key Congressional staffers and advocates were working to ensure that important evidence-based programs and policies made it into whatever bill emerged from this most recent budget and funding debate. Though it all seemed to happen so quickly, with introducing, amending, and voting taking
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