Wednesday, February 3, 2010

NFA endorses Dina Titus for re-election

Titus’s colleagues recognize her work in Congress to protect education quality and make college more affordable in southern Nevada

The Nevada Faculty Alliance political action committee announces its endorsement of Rep. Dina Titus for re-election in Nevada’s 3rd Congressional district.

The Alliance expressed its continuing support for Titus, a longtime NFA member during her nearly three decades of teaching at UNLV. NFA state president Scott Huber, a biology professor at Truckee Meadows Community College, called her “a leading voice for improving the quality of education in Southern Nevada as a state senator and in Congress.”

He noted that the Alliance based its endorsement primarily on her record in Congress as well as her long history in the Nevada legislature to make a college education more affordable and accessible.

Titus supported the Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act, the most important act in a generation to help students and families pay for college.<
o The act will result in more than $60 million in Pell Grants for southern Nevada college students in her district and another $1 million a year for the next five years to support Nevada students completing degrees.
o The Act will also make a nearly $19 million investment in Nevada’s community colleges.

Titus supported the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which sent $397 million in education funds to Nevada, of which approximately $180 million went to Nevada’s higher education budget.
o This money helped keep needed courses available for hard-pressed students and mitigate program cuts and staff layoffs.
o According to the state of Nevada’s Recovery website, this Act preserved at least 1500 Higher Education staff and support jobs in 2009.
o The bill also helped working families pay for college by creating a new American Opportunity tuition tax credit of $2,500 and by increasing Pell Grants by $500 per qualifying family.

“I have worked alongside Dina Titus on the faculty at UNLV for more than 10 years,” said Gregory Brown, NFA PAC co-chair and a UNLV History professor. “I’ve seen how hard she works for her students and her community. We know she’s working just as hard for us in Congress.”

In accepting the endorsement, Representative Titus commented, “Education is vital to the future success of southern Nevada. To attract good jobs of tomorrow to Nevada, we must have a skilled and educated workforce that is prepared to get the job done. For 30 years I have dedicated my professional life to educating Nevada's young adults and the next generation of leaders.”

“I was proud to support the single largest investment in college financial aid to help students and families pay for college,” she added, “and I will continue to improve education at all levels so Nevada's young adults are prepared to compete in the global economy.”

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