Calling all Title II advocates!
Sometimes calling your representative can seem overwhelming. Learn how you can leave a powerful voicemail message that makes a difference as Stephanie Hirsh calls one of her representatives to advocate for Title II funding.
1. Tweet using #TitleIIA @[Senators and Reps]
Here are some sample tweets you can use:
- Despite the President’s proposed budget, #TitleIIA is critical to educators and students. @learningforward
- #TitleIIA is critical for teachers, school leaders, and principals to do their jobs effectively; cuts threaten this ability. @learningforward
- Millions of teachers, principals, and school leaders depend on #TitleIIA to improve schools and instruction in the classroom. @learningforward
- #ESSA allows states to use 3% of #TitleIIA funds for PD for principals; cutting decreases the chances to seize this opportunity. @learningforward
- Each #ESSA plan is relying on #TitleIIA dollars to implement programs that will train educators on how to improve student achievement. Congress, give the states what they want by supporting full funding for #TitleIIA! @learningforward
- The quality of teaching and leadership in schools are the two most significant in-school factors tied to student achievement. #TitleIIA @learningforward
- #TitleIIA supports increased student academic achievement by promoting strategies that will positively affect educator effectiveness. @learningforward
- Educators and students deserve schools led by great principals. Tell Congress to maintain school leadership funding through #TitleIIA. @learningforward
- Educators and students deserve schools filled with outstanding teachers. Tell Congress to maintain professional development funding for teachers through #TitleIIA. @learningforward
- Students and teachers need great principals to thrive—Tell Congress: Don't cut school leadership funding! #TitleIIA. @learningforward
- Without great principals, we won't have great schools. Tell Congress to maintain school leadership funding! #TitleIIA. @learningforward
- Educators: Join us in telling Congress not to cut school leadership funding! #TitleIIA. @learningforward
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2. Send a prewritten letter to Congress
Use your organization’s advocacy outreach tool to send a prewritten letter to Congress about the importance of Title II and why professional development for educators is crucial for student achievement. Below is a draft letter your members can use to contact their elected representatives.
I am writing as your constituent and someone who cares about the future of our public schools and our nation’s students. As a leader in my school, I urge you to support a robust increase in funding for Title II, Part A, of the bipartisan Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) as you consider appropriations for FY 2020 and beyond.
Congress passed ESSA in 2015 and authorized the Title II, Part A, program to provide critical funding to states for the purposes of preparing, training, recruiting, and retaining high-quality teachers, principals, assistant principals, other school leaders, and school support personnel. These groups all play a critical role in ensuring that our nation's students have a high-quality learning experience through high school in order to be college and career ready. To aid students effectively, educators must be afforded the necessary opportunities for professional learning to ensure the nation’s students are receiving the best possible education and support within schools.
Title II saw a drastic reduction in FY 2017 when Congress cut $249 million from the program. Despite the harmful cuts that have remained in place in recent years, President Trump has proposed going even further and completely eliminating funding for Title II, Part A, in his budget. This is not only dangerously shortsighted, it would severely disrupt many states' ESSA implementation plans and have a detrimental impact on student achievement in our state.
Despite these recent setbacks, I was extremely encouraged to see the House Appropriations Committee approve a significant $500 million increase for Title II when it recently marked up its first FY 2020 appropriations bill. This is a bold step in the right direction that invests in the future of our nation's children. As the House and Senate continue to work through the appropriations process, I ask that you support the new $2.6 billion funding level that has been proposed.
Thank you for your consideration and for your support of our nation's educators and students.
3. 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 organizational affiliation] and I am calling to urge Senator/Representative [insert name here] to urge them to support a $500 million increase for 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 school support personnel.
Given the unique role that principals, teachers, and school support personnel play in ensuring that our nation's students have high-quality learning experiences in order to be college and career ready, educators must be afforded the necessary opportunities for professional learning and growth as they work to improve teaching and learning in all schools.
The House Appropriations Committee recently approved the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies appropriations bill, which provides a $500 million increase over its FY 2019 level for Title II, bringing the program to $2.6 billion. Title II is long overdue for an increase, and this proposed increase is a bold step in the right direction that will benefit our nation’s educators and students.
I urge Senator/Representative [insert name] to advocate for Title II, Part A to support this proposed $500 million increase for FY 2020.
4. Post to Facebook
Here are some sample posts you can use:
- Critical state funding that prepares, trains, recruits & retains high-quality school leaders, teachers and school support personnel is at risk. I am asking for your help to support #TitleIIA by calling your congressional member today! https://p2a.co/AIwdoyF
- We have a once in a generation chance to increase support for preparing, training, and recruiting high-quality teachers, principals, and school support personnel. Call your congressional member and tell them to support the House Appropriations Committee’s plan to add $500 million to #TitleIIA. https://p2a.co/AIwdoyF
- Please help me in supporting #TitleIIA. This is the funding that prepares, trains, recruits, and retains high-quality school leaders, teachers, and school support personnel. Why this is this important? Without Title II A, we would not have the funds for educators to improve and develop their expertise—ultimately improving overall education for students. Call your member of Congress today and tell them to support a $500 million increase to this critical program! https://p2a.co/AIwdoyF
- Teachers are not the only ones who benefit from #TitleIIA. Principals—who hire, retain, and supervise teachers—also benefit tremendously. Improving teachers’ and principals’ knowledge and skills are vital to improving the education of America’s children. I am asking for your help: Call your congressional member today and demand that they support a $500 million increase for Title II! https://p2a.co/AIwdoyF
- I am asking for your help! A vote to substantially increase #TitleIIA funding is quickly approaching. Advocate for funding for quality school leaders and support personnel today! Call your congressional member and ask them for their endorsement for Title II! https://p2a.co/AIwdoyF
5. Share your impact story
We invite you to join your peers from across the U.S. to share your successes here.
Tell us what Title II funds in your school or district, and most important, what outcomes you see as a result. Outcomes might include improved graduation rates or assessment scores, improvements for specific populations of students, or other indicators that students are experiencing more meaningful learning.
6. Watch our webinars
Learning Forward hosted a series of advocacy webinars designed to help educators build their advocacy skills. Each free webinar provides background information, the legislative status of Title II, and offers practical steps for how you can engage in this critical fight. Access on-demand webinars here.
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