One of the things that drew me to the online branch was its welcome message on the branch website: “The beauty of an online environment is the absence of geographical barriers in defining membership.” We welcome anyone who meets the AAUW membership requirements and who is interested public policy issues that move our mission forward.
Advocacy crosses geographical boundaries. Right now online members can connect their voices with other AAUW voices across the country as Congress prepares to vote on the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). AAUW opposes this bill ( H.R. 5) because it is inherently flawed. The bill has had no public hearings or opportunity for input from major stakeholders.
It opens the door for private school vouchers which divert public education funds at a time when public education needs support. It also virtually eliminates the federal efforts to narrow the achievement gap at a critical time when we need to support American students, and it removes accountability mechanisms that impact billions of federal education dollars.
We need to bring a strong and credible voice to this important debate. We need to be vocal and vigilant.
Join me as an AAUW Two Minute Activist. It literally takes 2 minutes or less to contact your representative and add your voice to this debate!