Learning Forward Advocacy
Gearing up for a lengthy six-week recess, Congress wrapped up its legislative business for the month of September by passing a continuing resolution that extends government funding through December 16, 2022, at existing funding levels. The reason Congress passed a resolution was because it has been unable to complete action on any of its 12 annual funding bills. The House Appropriations Committee has approved all 12 bills but only half of them have gone to the floor. The Senate has been unable to mark-up any of the 12 bills in Committee and has released bill drafts that are only supported by Senate Democrats. The bill that includes education program funding, including Title II-A, has not been fully approved by either chamber. When Congress returns, it will face three options to dispose of FY23 final appropriations:
- Pass a full year continuing resolution, with all programs receiving funding at last year’s funding levels. This would mean no increases for education programs (including the $100 million in additional funds that the House Appropriations Committee approved for Title II-A) – but no cuts either.
- Pass another short-term resolution that will force the next Congress to determine final appropriations levels. Some Republican House members prefer this as it would give them a chance to reshape the final bill if Republicans regain the majority in the House or Senate.
- Pass a negotiated Omnibus Appropriations bill that would include increases (and possibly some decreases) for education programs. This is Learning Forward’s most preferred option.
Learning Forward’s Powered by Title II campaign website puts all of the information, tools, and advocacy tutorials in one easy to access online location to enable educator advocates reach their Members of Congress and help convince them to support more Title II funding. On this site, advocates will find:
- The latest news on Title II
- Background facts, stories, research, and data on Title II
- A storytelling tool to assist you in researching and explaining how Title II supports your school district
- Sample letters, talking points, tweets and more to support your advocacy
Evidence, evidence, evidence
Evidence of impact is not optional. From your ESSA plans to Title II to talking with your district superintendent, everyone wants to know when professional development is making an impact and how you know. Learning Forward is here to help. We invite you to join your peers from across the U.S. to share your successes here.
Tell us what Title II funds in your school or district, and most important, what outcomes you see as a result. Outcomes might include improved graduation rates or assessment scores, improvements for specific populations of students, or other indicators that students are experiencing more meaningful learning.
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This webinar, originally created for our Virtual Advocacy Day, includes advocacy strategies and tips that are applicable to any advocacy effort. Watch to hone your skills, build confidence, and get excited about being an advocate.