Dear TCEA member,

On Thursday night Congress votes on overriding the President's veto of education spending. Now is the time to make your voice heard.

Action: This Thursday night, the House of Representatives is scheduled to vote on overriding the President's veto of the FY08 Labor, HHS and Education Appropriations bill, which contains $272 million for Enhancing Education Through Technology (EETT) program. The Senate may vote soon, as well. Please email your Senators and Representatives immediately and urge them to override the President's veto and support passage of the FY08 Labor, HHS and Education spending bill.


Background: The House and the Senate approved a final, compromise Labor, HHS and Education spending bill last week. The final, conferenced bill contains level funding of $272 million for EETT-a victory for education technology advocates. On Tuesday, the President vetoed the final version of the Labor, HHS and Education spending bill because it exceeds his budget proposals by nearly $11 billion. This action imperils EETT funding. The House and Senate need a two-thirds majority vote in order to override the President's veto and enact this appropriations legislation. This may be our last chance to ensure adequate education technology money in 2008!

Please write your congressional representatives and ask them to override the President's veto of the Labor-HHS and Education bill. Let Congress know the deep impact this funding has on the day-to-day lives of our nation's students and teachers.

My thanks to CoSN and ISTE for sponsoring the Ed Tech Action Network.

Thanks,

Ron Cravey

Executive Director

Texas Computer Education Association

cravey@tcea.org

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