Tonight, President Obama will deliver the first State of the Union (SOTU) address of his second term. Today, Washington is abuzz with a single question: What big issues will the President address? Certainly, we all expect President Obama to talk about the prominent issues of late – budget troubles, gun control, school safety and immigration, but will he address education more broadly? Will he talk about full funding for IDEA?
Tell President Obama What You Think Is Important!
Immediately following the SOTU, several presidential advisors will be “open for questions.” Roberto Rodriguez, Special Assistant to the President for Education Policy, will address the issues related to education and join a team of advisors from the WH in a live, virtual Q&A. During this special “Open for Questions” event, Rodriguez and others will answer questions submitted by citizens via Twitter (using the hashtags #WHChat & #SOTU), Google+ and Facebook, as well as from the in-person audience of White House Social participants.
Not Sure What To Ask?
Here are a few tweets we have written for you about issues that are important to CEC and its members. Just cut and paste these into your Twitter feed or on the WH’s Facebook feed:
#WHChat How is the President ensuring that America’s 6 million + children/youth with disabilities receive the education they deserve? #SOTU
#WHChat The President wants better teacher evals. How do his policies ensure new evals recognize special educators’ complex roles? #SOTU
#WHChat How is the President supporting educators who work with America’s 6 million + children/youth with disabilities? #SOTU
#WHChat Does President Obama support full funding of IDEA? Will we see an increase for IDEA programs in his budget? #SOTU
Want More Information During the Speech?
Don’t forget - you can watch an enhanced version of the speech – with charts and important links to extra information - live during the speech on WhiteHouse.gov/SOTU, through the White House mobile apps for iPhone, Android and iPad, and also on the official White House presences on YouTube, Google+,Hulu, and Facebook. Watch this 1 minute You Tube video preview of these tools and how to use them here.
Be Part of the Discussion CEC – Let the President know – You Care!