Send a sample letter to Congress
Use this advocacy tool from NASSP to send this sample letter to Congress about the importance of Title II, Part A of ESSA, which is critical to providing professional learning for educators at every level.
(Be sure to replace their text with your own or the text from our sample letter.)
Tweet #TitleIIA, #FundTitleIIA @[Senators and Reps]
Here are some sample tweets you can use:
#TitleIIA allows states and districts to improve teaching and school leadership through professional learning
#TitleIIA is critical for achieving the goals around equity and excellence in ESSA
Fund #TitleIIA to support increased student achievement by promoting strategies to positively affect teacher and principal effectiveness.
Fund #TitleIIA, it is critical for educators to do their jobs effectively; cuts threaten this ability
Millions of educators depend on #TitleIIA to improve schools and instruction in the classroom! Fully #FundTitleIIA
#ESSA allows states to use 3% of #TitleIIA funds for PD for principals, cutting decreases the chances to seize this opportunity
Fund #TitleIIA and give state #ESSA plans a chance to work!
Call your members in Congress!
Unsure who your Representative is? – Visit the Find Your Representative tool. Unsure what to say? - Here is a script you can use when speaking to a staff member of the office.
I am a [insert title and member of Learning Forward], 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), which provides all educators with specific professional development opportunities. It also provides critical funding to states for the purposes of preparing, training, recruiting, and retaining high-quality teachers, principals, assistant principals, and other educators.
I am extremely concerned about the deep cuts made to Title II, Part A and believe this will severely disrupt many states’ ESSA implementation plans, and hamper our efforts to increase student achievement.
Since we all agree that we must offer all of our students meaningful and challenging learning opportunities, it is critical that we continue to support educators in their growth and development. We can’t ask more from students without providing support to those who work in schools.
I urge Senator/Representative [insert name] to restore Title II, Part A funding.
additional information on Title II
In May 2017, the Trump administration included in its budget proposal the full elimination of Title II, Part A funds, which support professional learning in schools and districts across the country. With this proposed cut, many schools will lose money they use to pay for coaches, instructional support, external providers, and much more.
Title II survey -- please respond!
You're invited to share information about how you use Title II funds in your context and most importantly how those funds have a real impact on student learning.
Title II talking points -- use and share
Learning Forward developed this one-pager to help policymakers understand why Title II funding is so critical for students and educators.
Stephanie Hirsh statement on full proposed budget (May 23, 2017)
President Trump's Proposed Budget Bankrupts Support for Educators
Coalition responds to budget proposal (May 23, 2017)
Learning Forward joins other education organizations to advocate for Title II funds for educators.
Stephanie Hirsh statement on initial proposed budget (March 17, 2017)
Read Learning Forward's response to the initial release of the budget.
Letter to appropriations committee
Learning Forward is part of a coalition of education membership and advocacy organizations working collectively to inform policymakers about the importance of Title II funds for schools, students, and communities.
Bring your best evidence forward to show professional learning's worth
This blog post offers insights on the importance of documenting professional learning's impact as part of advocating for Title II funds.