Magazine article The Learning Professional

Educators Have the Clout to Carry Our Message to Congress

Magazine article The Learning Professional

Educators Have the Clout to Carry Our Message to Congress

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In March 2017, the education community woke to a daunting professional learning crisis: The Trump Administration's 2018 budget proposed elimination of the Supporting Effective Instruction State Grants Program (Title II, Part A of the Every Student Succeeds Act). As educators face increasingly higher demands for student outcomes in a more diverse population, it's astonishing that the administration would even consider eliminating the only dedicated source of federal funding for professional learning and educator support.

For several months, Learning Forward has been asking each of you to help us contact every member of the U.S. Congress to let them know how critical Title IIA funds are to your work, your students, and your communities. If this is the first time you've been directly asked to advocate for any cause, you may be asking, "Who, me? What could I possibly share that would be of interest to lawmakers?" I'm here to tell you that you are perfect for this job.

As experts in education and as voters, you are exactly the right messengers to help lawmakers understand that Title IIA funding is critical to our country's educational and economic success.

Lawmakers are not often educators, and their insight (and that of their staff) is limited to their own experiences as students. The educational climate has changed since they, and likely even since their children have been in school. Your voice, impact data, and stories can help them appreciate what is actually happening in today's classrooms, schools, and communities. …

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