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First Step in House Budget Process Includes Increase for Title II-A

Apr 30, 2019

Dallas, Texas – April 30, 2019


Statement by Learning Forward’s Executive Director Stephanie Hirsh on the fiscal year 2020 spending bill proposed by the House Appropriations Subcommittee in charge of education spending:


“We are thrilled that the newly constituted House Appropriations Subcommittee has proposed a substantial and much-needed increase in funding for Title II-A of the Every Student Succeeds Act, the largest federal program devoted to k-12 professional learning. If enacted, Title II-A would receive a total of $2.555 billion next year, which represents an increase of $500 million for this critical program. This increase clearly demonstrates that Subcommittee Chair Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) and the subcommittee’s members recognize the importance of ensuring that our nation’s educators experience the professional learning and support they need to provide a world-class education to America’s students.


“Learning Forward is particularly proud of the important role that our members played in achieving this excellent outcome. Their barrage of e-mails, Tweets, and visits to their Members of Congress demonstrated the value of Title II-A support for professional development courses, coaches, mentors, and instructional specialists – and showed the existence of broad-based support for continuing federal investments.


“We ask the Senate to follow the House’s lead on Title II-A funding when it crafts its own version of this spending bill. We urge Congress and the President to reach a deal on overall spending caps soon so that the House Subcommittee’s funding proposals can be sustained in final legislation.”


To speak with Stephanie Hirsh, call 972-421-0900 or email


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