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Taking action


Last week, Congress passed a two-week continuing resolution to continue to fund the federal government, including full funding for Title II. While this gives Congress time to determine final funding for all agencies and programs, including Title II, it also gives us more time to advocate for Title II. Let’s use it wisely.


We urge every member of the Learning Forward community to call, email, and tweet to your members of Congress before December 22, letting them know that Title II is critical and that they need to fully fund this program.




Between now and December 22, please:



 

e-letter
1. Send an email to your members of Congress

Use this sample email to members of Congress to voice your support for Title IIA

  • House: www.house.gov Look for your member under the Representatives tab
  • Senate: www.senate.gov Look for your Senator under the Senators tab

 


Twitter-icon2. Tweet #TitleIIA @[Senators and Reps]

Here are some sample tweets you can use:

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phone-icon3. Call your members in Congress

Every member of Congress should be asked to support full funding ($2.05 billion) for Title II in fiscal year 2018 as included in the Senate version of the Labor, HHS and Education Appropriations bill.

Call your U.S. Senators and U.S. Representative at least one time – ask for the Education Legislative Assistant and feel free to leave a message if you can’t reach someone directly. US Capitol Switchboard: (202) 224-3121 

Talking points
Unsure what to say? - Here are talking points you can use when speaking to a staff member in the office. 


  1. Introduce yourself, say what your role in education is, and note that you are a voter in his/her district.

  2. We need full funding for Title II – the Supporting Effective Instruction State Grants Program in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Title II must be preserved in order for teachers and principals to meet the needs of the students they serve.

  3. Title II is the only dedicated source of federal funding for professional learning and leadership support for teachers and principals.

  4. With a diverse set of student needs and higher demands for how students must be prepared to be college and career ready, teachers and school leaders must have resources available for continued growth in their practice.

  5. Among its many uses, Title II supports:
    • instructional coaching and mentoring;
    • professional learning in content and pedagogy;
    • specialized training for teachers and principals to meet individual student needs;
    • implementation support for personalized learning, effective instructional materials and technology; and
    • leadership development for principals.

  6. We use Title II funds in my [school/district/state] for…. And as a result….


 


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4. Join Learning Forward for Critical Advocacy Updates
Learning Forward hosts a series of advocacy webinars. See upcoming webinars here and view past webinars here.