Learning Forward is very pleased that the U.S. Congress, in recognition of the value of professional learning to student learning and educator retention, has agreed to maintain level funding for Title II-A – the Supporting Effective Instruction Grants – in Fiscal Year 2024. We are particularly grateful for this result given the difficult budgeting environment that this Congress faces and the more than $235 million in cuts that the U.S. Department of Education sustained overall in the Fiscal Year 2024 annual funding bill. We hope that the next annual appropriations bill, on which Congress has already begun work, will incorporate a significant increase for Title II-A and resume the steady upwards funding trajectory for this critical program that had been the rule before 2024.