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Urge the Senate to Pass the "Every Student Succeeds Act"

On December 2, the House of Representatives by a vote of 359-64 approved the conference report to S.1177, the "Every Student Succeeds Act." The bill reauthorizes the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) for the next four years and replaces the No Child Left Behind Act. Most importantly the legislation includes multiple sources of funding to support improved instruction in K-12 history, civics, geography and economics.

The Organization of American Historians, along with the National Coalition for History (NCH), urgently needs you to contact your U.S. Senators and urge them to support the conference report. Click here for a link that allows you to send an email directly to your Senators and urge him or her to support the conference report that includes key provisions that benefit history and civics education.

It is vital that all Senators, Republicans and Democrats, receive the message loud and clear from their constituents that the education of our nation's K-12 students is vitally important and a non-partisan issue.

The OAH limits our legislative "action alerts" to situations and issues that are vital to the interests of our constituents. We cannot overstress the importance of this effort! Congress has not reauthorized the ESEA in 15 years so this legislation is our only opportunity to get funding restored for K-12 history and civics education.

The bill is expected to go to the Senate floor during the week of December 7. Time is of the essence so call or email today.

How to Contact Your Senator

Please call or email your Senator's office and urge him or her to support restoring federal funding for history and civics education. To contact your Senator you can use one of these two options. No matter which means of communication you choose, please personalize your message as to your background or interest in history. If you are employed in the field, especially as a K-12 teacher, mention the institution where you work in your state.

  1. Make a phone call. All Senators can be reached through the U.S. Capitol switchboard at (202)224-3121. If you feel comfortable doing so, a personal phone call is preferable to an email. If you are not sure who your Senators are you can follow this link to the Senate's website. There you will find a list of Senators by state that will link to your Senator's website.
  2. Send an email. NCH, working with our colleagues at the National Humanities Alliance, has prepared a one-step link to your Senators office. You simply enter your address and the system identifies your Senator. They've provided an email template that can be edited to personalize your message. The message not only goes to your Senator's email, but their Twitter account and Facebook page as well.

Posted: December 3, 2015
Tagged: News of the Profession, Advocacy