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March 13, 2008

a loss for service

From Nelda Brown at the National Service Learning Partnership earlier today:

The U.S. House of Representatives failed to pass the GIVE Act (H.R. 5563), which would have updated and reauthorized the national service programs, including Learn and Serve America--the only federal program dedicated to supporting service-learning in local schools and communities.

The vote was 277 in favor and 140 against, but passage required a two-thirds majority because of the parliamentary situation. It was tantalizingly close and a real blow to lose this bipartisan bill that would have supported positive, civic opportunities for our young people.

March 13, 2008 8:23 PM | category: none


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