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America Forward Weekly Tip Sheet: Policy and Advocacy (2/23)

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. Last Week in Washington  Following weeks of negotiations and a bipartisan agreement on an overall amount for the Fiscal Year 2022 appropriations bills, each appropriations subcommittee received their spending allocations last week and
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America Forward Details Key Policy Priorities in BBB Negotiations

Recently, America Forward sent a letter to House and Senate leaders outlining key priorities in ongoing negotiations over a new Build Back Better Act, or similar legislative package.  While the original Build Back Better Act hit a major roadblock at the end of 2021 when Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia said he didn’t support it, lawmakers continue to discuss
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America Forward and New Profit Statement on Threats Against HBCUs

America Forward and New Profit issued the following statement in response to a series of bomb threats aimed at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) across the country: "The violent threats that have forced the closure of at least 17 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) over the past several days are unacceptable, shameful and dangerous. These racist threats demand
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New Profit and America Forward Statement on Senate Confirmation of Michael Smith to Lead AmeriCorps

"We offer our sincere congratulations to Michael D. Smith on his confirmation by the U.S. Senate to serve as the next CEO of AmeriCorps. New Profit and America Forward have worked alongside Michael for years, and he exemplifies the type of leader our country and AmeriCorps sorely need: a fearless visionary, a champion of inclusion and equity, and a believer
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Recapping Our Latest #AmericaForwardHillWeek

At the end of June, America Forward held its annual Appropriations “Hill Week” -- a yearly endeavor when members of the America Forward Coalition come together to engage directly with policymakers on Capitol Hill and advocate collectively for the funding and policy priorities critical to their organizations and the America Forward Coalition overall. In the midst of the ongoing Federal
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America Forward Coalition Members Step Up – July 2021

Every month, America Forward is highlighting a few examples of the vital work being done by our Coalition members to support students, families, educators, workers, elected leaders, advocates, and communities across the country. If your organization has resources, an announcement, or a story that you would like to see included, please send it to america_forward@newprofit.org. Roca, Inc.  Roca, Inc. understands
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America Forward Weekly Tip Sheet: Policy and Advocacy (7/6)

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. Last Week in Washington  Last week, all eyes remained on the bipartisan infrastructure framework that a group of 10 Senators and President Biden agreed upon last week. While Democrats would like to see
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America Forward Weekly Tip Sheet: Policy and Advocacy (6/21)

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.   Last Week in Washington   Last weekend, President Biden was in Europe for the G-7 Summit, where world leaders engaged on shared priorities, including COVID-19 pandemic response, vaccine distribution, climate change, and
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Key Investments in President Biden’s FY2022 Budget Request

Last week, President Joe Biden released his full FY2022 budget request. The full request comes approximately 6 weeks after the President released his discretionary (or “skinny”) budget request on April 9. At the time, America Forward wrote that the President’s proposal, which directed billions in new funding to non-defense discretionary priorities, represented a “potentially transformative investment in our education and
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Key Policies in President Biden’s Address to Congress

In his first address to Congress on Wednesday, President Joe Biden outlined plans for historic federal investment in students, workers, families, and communities across the country. Together, the American Jobs Plan and the American Families Plan represent more than $4 trillion in new funding intended to speed recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and fulfill the President’s commitment to turn “peril
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