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ACTION ALERT: Ask your Representative to Oppose Elimination of Title II-A of ESSA

Monday, July 17, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: AATG
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The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education (Labor-H) released its draft FY2018 calling for elimination of the Title II program. Title II-A, the Supporting Effective Instruction State Grants Program. is currently funded at $2 billion and represents the largest federal funding stream that directly supports teachers and school leaders. Further, 98% of school districts in the country receive funds from Title II-Part A. Elimination of this program would have a devastating impact on our nation's schools and our teacher workforce.

Action Needed: Contact your Representative and ask that they co-sign the Dear Colleague letter to Labor-H Appropriations leadership, led by Reps. Bobby Scott (D-VA) and Jared Polis (D-CO). The letter requests full funding for Title II-A, as as authorized by the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015. 

Note: This request is for URGENT action. The deadline for your Representative to sign on is COB today.

Ways to Take Action:

1. Call your Representative's Washington DC office, identify yourself as a constituent, state your concern, and make your request. Find out who your Representative is by entering your zip code in the top-right corner of This will also give you the phone number of their DC office.

2. Contact your Representative through the contact form on their website. Most Representatives' websites will follow the format of "www(dot)[MemberLastName](dot)house(dot)gov. Ex: Jared Polis' website is OR repeat the steps in option 1 and you'll find the website.

3. Facebook or Tweet at your Representative. Nearly all 435 members of Congress are on Twitter. Find their Twitter handle on a search engine, or by accessing their website as outlined in option 2 and locating the Twitter icon. NOTE: Facebook now allows you to contact your legislators directly through its Town Hall feature! It is fast, easy, and effective. Here's how to use it.

4. Share this alert with your network of fellow language advocates!

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