Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Marie Corfield For Assembly

Marie Corfield For Assembly:

The Marie Corfield Moneybomb is coming...

The Marie Corfield for Assembly Campaign is launching a Money Bomb on July 25th. And we want YOU... to stay right where you are.
What's a Money Bomb, you say? It's a fun, grassroots fundraising effort concentrated in a short time period and driven by YOU! You don't have to leave your home—it's happening 'virtually' anywhere you have Internet connectivity because it's all online.

We're going to use it to support Marie by dramatically ramping up, concentrating & publicizing her fundraising efforts.  Last year, the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee designated Marie's race the #1 Grassroots-Powered Race in the U.S.!

It should be fun and creative, so please RSVP if you pledge to make a small contribution, and wish to pass the word along. 

We are headed to victory this year the only way we know how: Grassroots organizing, fundraising, and mobilization. After losing by 1% to a candidate that represents only the 1% in 2012, Marie is looking to take it this year.

Marie is counting on you, and you can count on Marie.  So, stay at the beach, at the pool or at the office,but do join!

The Independent Voice NJ Taxpayers Need... 

As a hardworking mother and public school teacher, Marie Corfield is running for Assembly to be an independent voice for New Jersey taxpayers.
The Corfield Plan for New Jersey's Economic Comeback: 
  • Promote Job Growth - Attract businesses to the 16th district by cutting taxes, promoting workforce retraining programs, and making it easier for entrepreneurs to start businesses.
  • Provide Real Tax Relief - Restore the the State's Earned Income Tax Credit so that families have more money to invest in New Jersey's economy.
  • Invest in New Jersey's Future - Increase education funding for public schools and universities. Ensure that our children receive the educational opportunities and the skills to succeed. 
Marie Corfield will fight against policies that have limited economic opportunity and hurt New Jersey families. 

About Marie Corfield - An Independent Voice for New Jersey Taxpayers

A lifelong New Jersey resident, Marie grew up in Kearny in Hudson County. She graduated summa cum laude from Montclair State University in Upper Montclair with a BFA in fine and commercial art. She holds a Masters in the Art of Teaching from Marygrove College in Detroit.
Before moving to Flemington in 1996, Marie and her family lived in Nutley in Essex County for eleven years. She has been an art teacher since 2001, and has taught at Robert Hunter Elementary School in Flemington since 2004. She is on the executive committee of the Flemington-Raritan Education Association where she serves as the legislative chair.
As a teacher and an independent advocate for New Jersey Taxpayers, she knows that New Jersey has many of the best public schools in the country, and that real reform should be transparent and involve all stakeholders. As a single parent, she knows what it’s like to stretch every dollar and believes that Trenton has become out of touch when it comes to New Jersey taxpayers interests. And as state assemblywoman from the 16th district, she’ll work to promote job creation, cut taxes, and ensure that all New Jersey citizens have the rights and services they need to lead healthy and productive lives.
Marie is mom to a son and daughter

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Education programs funding - U.S. Congress - OpenCongress

Education programs funding - U.S. Congress - OpenCongress:


Bill Introduced: H.R.2658 All Children are Equal Act
To amend the weighted child count used to determine targeted grant amounts and education finance incentive grant amounts for local educational agencies under title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965.
Bill Introduced: H.R.2653 Ready-to-Compete Act
To amend the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 and the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 to award grants to prepare individuals for the 21st century workplace and to increase America's global competitiveness, and for other purposes.

JUL 14

Bill Introduced: S.1230 Alternative Fueled Vehicles Competitiveness and Energy Security Act of 2013
A bill to reduce oil consumption and improve energy security, and for other purposes.
Bill Introduced: S.1197 Military Construction Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014
An original bill to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2014 for military activities of the Department of Defense, for military construction, and for defense activities of the Department of Energy, to prescribe military personnel strengths for such fiscal year, and for other purposes.

JUL 13

Bill Introduced: H.R.2642 Farm bill
To provide for the reform and continuation of agricultural and other programs of the Department of Agriculture through fiscal year 2018, and for other purposes.

JUL 06

Bill Introduced: S.1152 Building a Health Care Workforce for the Future Act
A bill to amend the Public Health Service Act to help build a stronger health care workforce.

JUL 05

Bill Introduced: H.R.2516 Providing Resources to Improve Dual Language Education Act of 2013
To establish dual language education programs in low-income communities.
Bill Introduced: H.R.2515 Strengthening Kids' Interest in Learning and Libraries Act
To amend the provisions of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 regarding school library media specialists, and for other purposes.
Bill Introduced: H.R.2517 Families Learning and Understanding English Together Act of 2013
To improve the literacy and English skills of limited English proficient individuals, and for other purposes.
Bill Introduced: S.1222 Rural Education Achievement Program Reauthorization Act of 2013
A bill to amend the small, rural school achievement program and the rural and low-income school program under part B of title VI of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965,

School board votes to cut pay of Palmdale teachers, staff | Pass / Fail | 89.3 KPCC

School board votes to cut pay of Palmdale teachers, staff | Pass / Fail | 89.3 KPCC:

School board votes to cut pay of Palmdale teachers, staff

Palmdale Elementary Teachers Association

Calvin Robinson

Palmdale Elementary Teachers Association members rally outside a July 16, 2013, school board meeting.
The Palmdale School District Board of Trustees voted Tuesday night to implement proposed salary cuts and furlough days for its employees.
The 4-1 vote immediately institutes a 3.8 percent salary cut, up to nine furlough days and a hard cap on employee health benefits. The cuts would go up by an additional 8.4 percent next year.
"Obviously this is going to have a dramatic impact on our membership – many who will be losing their homes, defaulting on loans," said Hugo Estrada, president of thePalmdale Elementary Teachers Association. "It’s going to be a very hard time for our membership."
Estrada said that the cuts add up to about $1,000 each month for district employees.
“Can you imagine what our members are going through right now, thinking about