Support Increasing Title II Funding for Our Schools

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Despite the proven impact of principal and teacher quality on student achievement, funding for the Title II of the bipartisan Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) has remained below adequate levels in recent years. Congress authorized this critical program to states for the purpose of preparing, training, recruiting, and retaining high-quality teachers, principals, assistant principals, and other school leaders.

Title II suffered a $294 million cut in FY 2017, which brought the funding amount far below the $2.295 billion authorized level under ESSA. That cut remained in place for the FY 2018 and 2019 budgets, as well. Without the full authorized funding, the program cannot achieve its full effectiveness. 

This June, however, the House of Representatives passed a significant $500 million increase to the program. That additional funding would have a major impact on expanding access to quality professional development programs for educators across the country. We need you to contact your representatives and senators now and ask them to support the new $2.6 billion funding level for Title II that's been proposed.

Use the tools below to contact your members of Congress today and urge them to stand with educators, school leaders, and students by funding Title II, Part A, of ESSA at $2.6 billion in FY 2020.

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Thank you for taking action to support Title II funding for our nation’s schools. If you haven’t already done so, please consider completing all the Title II actions on this page - email, call, and tweet - to further amplify our message.

You can contact your members mutltiple times throughout the year using this action alert, and you can also share the campaign link with your family, friends, and networks: http://p2a.co/y4lEtSs 

Hello, my name is [name] and I am one of [senator/representative]’s constituents.

I am calling to leave a comment about funding for Title II of the Every Student Succeeds Act. As a leader in my school and community, I see firsthand how Title II benefits our education leaders and our students. Tile II provides critical funding to states for the purposes of preparing, training, recruiting, and retaining high-quality teachers, principals, assistant principals, and other school leaders. 

Despite the proven impact of principal and teacher quality on student achievement, Title II was cut by $294 million in 2017, and President Trump has called for elimating the funding altogether. We need our members of Congress to support public education, which is why I’m urging [senator/representative] to support the $500 million increase that's been passed by the House of Representatives. 

Thank you.