Talking points for reaching out to Congress
- The House approved FY23 Labor HHS Education Appropriations bill contains a much-needed $100 million increase for Title II, Part A of the Every Student Succeeds Act. The Senate’s draft bill, however, would allocate only $83 million for Title II-A -- $17 million less than House’s bill.
- Title II-A is the only federal funding dedicated to professional learning for all teachers and leaders and must be fully funded for teachers and principals to meet the needs of the students they educate.
- The stress of teaching in the COVID-19 era has triggered a spike in retirements and resignations, so there is an urgent need to provide the necessary resources to teachers and school leaders to help alleviate difficulties and reduce burnout.
- In order to be able to retain existing educators and recruit new ones, we simply must have more federal support for ongoing, job-embedded, school-based professional learning, mentoring, and coaching.
- The $100 million increase by the House is warranted because Title II-A has been consistently underfunded and would represent the most significant funding increase for this program in more than a decade. It would also – finally – bring Title II-A close to its authorized funding level.
- Finally, while Congress approved significant short-term COVID relief dollars, those funds are no substitute for regular, annualized funding allocations that our schools receive through Title II-A for professional learning.
Learning Forward Advocacy
Powered by Title II
Communities & members
What members are saying
I love the emphasis on advocacy for our field – the sample templates Learning Forward shares to communicate with state reps regarding policy, the up-to-date info about policy and legislation that could impact our field. I also really appreciate that Learning Forward is the standard-bearer for professional learning standards and provides a framework that supports calibrated understanding of quality and how to strive for it.