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Press Release


April 1, 2014



Marcus Mrowka
202-531-0689 (cell)


Ryan Budget Proposal Strips Rungs From the Ladder of Opportunity for Working Americans and Their Children

WASHINGTON—Statement of AFT President Randi Weingarten on Paul Ryan's budget proposal.

"Sadly, Paul Ryan's budget proposal is not a bad April Fools' joke. By slashing programs that help feed kids and support their educational and health needs, including access to college, it strips the rungs from the ladder of opportunity for working Americans and their children while rewarding corporations and the rich."


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The AFT represents 1.5 million pre-K through 12th-grade teachers; paraprofessionals and other school-related personnel; higher education faculty and professional staff; federal, state and local government employees; nurses and healthcare workers; and early childhood educators.