I’m not a member of the National Writing Project. And, if you don’t call your senators tomorrow, it’s entirely likely I never will be.
May I explain?
Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) has attached an amendment to the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act that would ban all congressional earmarks for the next three years. Yea! right?
Not so much.
Because NWP is noncompetitive, its federal funding (which it’s depended on since 1991) is technically considered an earmark.
I definitely get the idea of eliminating earmarks and wasteful government spending. I’m a big fan of it.
Here’s the thing, the NWP bears no resemblance to wasteful spending. Nearly every dollar of federal funding awarded to the 200+ NWP sites is matched by site-procured funding.
What’s more, the NWP consistently meets or exceeds the metrics on which its program effectiveness is measured. For more than three decades, the NWP has been helping teachers teach children better.
Again, I’m a proponent of eliminating wasteful government spending. Before slashing budgets, though, let’s be clear on which programs are wasteful.
If you’re reading this, I’m asking you to help.
Call your senators tomorrow – both of them.
Ask them to vote no on Coburn amendment #4697 to S. 510 that would ban all congressionally directed spending in FY2011, FY2012 and FY2013.
According to NWP Works!, the Senate is expected to vote on the measure Monday, November 29, so call.
Then, call, IM or e-mail anyone you know who’s ever learned how to write and ask them to call their senators.
I’m not kidding. Seriously.
The NWP should serve as the model of efficiency in organically building national systems for teacher development. Instead, it’s fighting for survival.