This is a great initiative. If you have been following the news lately, you have discovered that we are facing a crisis in Geographic Literacy in the United States. Please take the time to send your representatives a letter in support of funding in this area. The GeoSpatial Industry is growing at a rapid rate and is beginning to find itself embedded in various industries. Young students need to develop these skills further which will only assist them in the career paths they are beginning to choose. This website is very easy to use. The letters are already written and it will send them for you. Just click the Take Action button below to get started. Your support is very much appreciated. Thanks, GEO-Jobe GIS
from the http://speakupforgeography.rallycongress.com website:
Geography has long been recognized as a “core academic subject” in federal education legislation. However, unlike all the other core academic subjects, including history, civics, economics, foreign languages and the arts, there is no dedicated federal funding stream to advance geography education. As a result, our nation is facing a crisis in geographic literacy that is jeopardizing our global competitiveness, our position of diplomatic leadership, and our ability to fill and retain over 150,000 jobs in geospatial technology in the next decade.
The Teaching Geography Is Fundamental Act (TGIF) is federal legislation which would authorize grants to universities and nonprofit organizations for programs to expand geographic literacy among American students and improve the teaching of geography at the K-12 level.
TGIF authorizes $15 million per year for five years.