Tuesday, August 29 is a National Day of Action to advocate for full funding for Title II in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). ESSA is the law that replaces the No Child Left Behind Act and its purpose is to provide all students a significant opportunity for a fair, equitable and high quality education and to close achievement gaps. Nearly every district receives Title II funding to support the recruitment, preparation, development, and retention of excellent teachers and leaders, but the funding for Title II is in danger of being eliminated. The elimination—or significant reduction—of Title II funding would have drastic and negative impacts on teachers, school leaders, principals, and the students they serve. ESSA’s purpose is to provide all children significant opportunity to receive a fair, equitable, and high-quality education, and to close educational achievement gaps. That will not be possible without the funding needed to support excellent teachers and school leaders.
Three Simple Ways to Advocate for Title II Funding on Tuesday, August 29
I am writing as a constituent to strongly urge you to provide full funding for the Title II, Part A program of the Every student Succeeds Act (ESSA) in FY 2018. Tile II, Part A provides critical funding to states for the purposes of preparing, training, recruiting, and retaining high-quality teachers, principals, assistant principals, and other school leaders. Students need well-prepared teachers and school leaders to learn and succeed.
I was encouraged when Congress provided new opportunities for schools to invest in principal leadership and support in the bi-partisan ESSA. Recently, however, I have become alarmed by the very real possibility that Congress will not provide any funding for Title II in Fiscal Year (FY) 2018. President Trump’s proposed FY 2018 budget would eliminate all funding for the program and the House Appropriations Committee voted to approve that elimination last month. Eliminating this funding would severely disrupt many states’ ESSA implementation plans and undermine efforts to improve student performance.
There is still a chance for Congress to change course and fully restore funding for Title II, Part A in FY 2018. I urge you to support funding for this critically important program.
Thank you for your consideration, and for your support of our nation’s educators and students.
2. Tweet using #TitleIIA @[Senators and Reps]
You can usually find the twitter handle on the website for your Member of Congress. Here are some sample tweets that you can use:
#TitleIIA is critical for school leaders and principals to do their jobs effectively; cuts threaten this ability.
Millions of school leaders and children depend on #TitleIIA to improve schools and instruction in the classroom.
Tell Congress to maintain funding through #TitleIIA
Students and teachers need great educators and principals—Tell Congress: Don’t cut #TitleIIA funding!
Here is a script you can use when speaking to a staff member of the office.
I am [insert name and identify yourself as a constituent, as well as a parent, self-advocate, and/or educator] and I am calling to urge Senator/Representative [insert name here] to restore cuts made to Title II, Part A of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Title II, Part A provides critical funding to states for the purposes of preparing, training, recruiting, and retaining high-quality teachers, principals, assistant principals, and other school leaders.
Add a personal statement about why this funding is important.
I urge Senator/Representative [insert name] to support Title II, Part A funding.