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Support fully funding Title II, Part A of ESSA

March 29th, 2017 by

 

Directions to send a message to your political representatives in your state on proposed cuts to ESSA funding (Title II, Part A).

If you wish to express your support for fully funding Title II, Part A of ESSA, consider sending a message directly to your state representatives. As you may recall, Title II, Part A is designed to provide funding to support leadership development. Many states have drafted plans to offer targeted support and professional development opportunities to improve principal recruitment, preparation, induction, and practice—all in the name of improving student achievement.

Here is one simple way to voice your support:

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I’m writing to express my sincere concern for the proposed cut in funding for Title II, Part A of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Title II, Part A is designed to provide funding to support leadership development. Many states have drafted plans to offer targeted support and professional development opportunities to improve principal recruitment, preparation, induction, and practice—all in the name of improving student achievement.

I am concerned that we are missing out on a high leverage opportunity to improve our public schools. Recent research has shown that effective school leadership is second only to direct classroom instruction as a factor in raising school achievement. Principals in the nation’s 115,000 elementary, middle, and high schools oversee thousands of educators and hundreds of thousands of students, and are key to reforming schools. Given the unique role that principals play in providing our nation’s students a high quality learning experience through high school in order to be college and career ready, principals must be afforded the necessary opportunities for professional learning and growth as they work to improve teaching and learning in all schools. Title II, Part A grants principals these opportunities, as it provides formula funding to state for the purpose of preparing, training, recruiting, and retaining, high-quality teachers and school leaders. Additionally, these funds can be used for reforming school leader preparation programs; modifying evaluation systems; and developing school leaders residency, induction, and mentoring programs.

Overt the past two years, there has been considerable recognition at the state and local levels of the need to provide a greater investment in the recruitment and retention of effective principals. But without any Title II ESSA funding, state and districts will not be able to execute these plans. Congress must give states the necessary resources to invest in principals and help our nation’s schools and students succeed by funding Title II, Part A at no less than $2.295 billion for fiscal year 2017 and fiscal year 2018.

Thank you for your consideration. Please contact me if you would like more information about ESSA funding and its potential to offer high-leverage impact for public school reform.

 

 



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