URGENT! 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. Send a prewritten letter to Congress
Send a letter to Congress about the importance of Title II, and its importance in providing professional development for educators. Use this tool to find your representative, and then customize and send the draft letter below.
I am writing as a constituent, as a leader in my school, and as a leader in my community to strongly urge you to provide full funding for the Title II, Part A program in FY 2019.
As an educator, I was encouraged when Congress passed the bipartisan Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) in 2015. ESSA provided new opportunities for schools to invest in our nation’s teachers, principals and other school leaders.
Recently, though, I have become alarmed by the very real prospect that Congress will not provide any funding at all for Title II in FY 2019. President Trump’s proposed FY 2019 budget would eliminate all funding for the program. This is dangerously shortsighted because it would severely disrupt many states’ ESSA implementation plans and hamper our efforts to increase student achievement.
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. 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, teachers, principals and other school leaders must be afforded the necessary opportunities for professional learning and growth as they work to improve teaching and learning in all schools.
While I am extremely disheartened by President Trump's proposal, there is still a chance for Congress to reverse course and fully restore funding for Title II, Part A at its ESSA authorized level of $2.295 billion in FY 2019.
Thank you for your consideration, and for your support of our nation's educators and students.
2. 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 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.
- I am extremely concerned that President Trump sought to eliminate funding for Title II, Part A in his FY 2019 budget because this will severely disrupt many states’ ESSA implementation plans and hamper educator’s efforts to increase student achievement.
- Given the unique role that principals and teachers 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.
- I urge Senator/Representative [insert name] to restore Title II, Part A funding to its ESSA authorized level of $2.295 billion in FY 2019.
3. Tweet using #TitleIIA @[Senators and Reps]
Here are some sample tweets you can use:
- #TitleIIA is critical for teachers, school leaders, and principals to do their jobs effectively; cuts threaten this ability.
- Millions of teachers, principals, and school leaders depend on #TitleIIA to improve schools and instruction in the classroom.
- #ESSA allows states to use 3% of #TitleIIA funds for PD for principals; cutting decreases the chances to seize this opportunity.
- 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!
- The quality of teaching and leadership in schools are the two most significant in-school factors tied to student achievement. #TitleIIA
- #TitleIIA supports increased student academic achievement by promoting strategies that will positively affect educator effectiveness.
- Educators and students deserve schools led by great principals. Tell Congress to maintain school leadership funding through #TitleIIA
- Educators and students deserve schools filled with outstanding teachers. Tell Congress to maintain professional development funding for teachers through #TitleIIA
- Students and teachers need great principals to thrive—Tell Congress: Don't cut school leadership funding! #TitleIIA
- Without great principals, we won't have great schools. Tell Congress to maintain school leadership funding! #TitleIIA
- Educators: Join us in telling Congress not to cut school leadership funding! #TitleIIA
4. Attend 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.
This webinar will focus on state and district approaches to measuring the impact of professional learning. In addition, this webinar will provide information on impact requirements in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and how these requirements can be leveraged to strengthen professional learning in your school or district.Find out more »
5. Read Our Advocacy Posts
What members are saying
Over the past two and a half years, I believe that I have grown as an individual and as a leader. The work with the Academy has helped to develop a level of knowledge about professional learning that I can only hope to continue to develop long after the Academy experience is finished.— Leann Myers