Statement from ASCD Executive Director Deb Delisle on Necessity of Title II Funds.
“Nearly every district receives Title II funding to support the recruitment, preparation, development, and retention of excellent teachers and leaders, but the funding for Title II is in danger of being eliminated. The elimination—or significant reduction—of Title II funding would have significant and negative impacts on teachers, principals, and the students they serve.
Today we are joining our five national partners to elevate the voices of our nation’s teachers and school leaders who share our concern over losing the $2.1 billion program designed to support and grow our educator workforce. For years the funding provided for Title II has allowed countless educators to enhance their craft to meet the needs of all students. Without these funds we will abandon educators by not providing the supports needed to successfully enhance student learning.
“Our education system struggles to support all students especially given reduced funding at the state and local levels. Yet we are on a path toward improvement. Eliminating or reducing Title II funds tells educators we are not prepared to support them in their critical mission—ensuring highly effective instruction for all students. We must join together to fight for our educators and our students—demanding the funding necessary to sustain them. Through our collective voice we have the opportunity to continue our progress toward ensuring all kids receive an excellent education from effective educators.”
Join our efforts through social media by tweeting your representatives using the hashtags #TitleIIA and #PD2Learn and sending letters to Congress. We have also developed a Day of Action Toolkit that can be accessed at www.ascd.org/TitleII.
Members of the coalition: