FGN News – June 2017
Participate in the Title II Day of Action!
School leaders need the ability to better themselves in order to drive student achievement. Title II of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) helps by providing $2.295 billion in federal funds to recruit, retain, and train high-quality educators. However, Title II saw a drastic $249 million reduction this year, with President Trump proposing to completely eliminate Title II funding in his FY 2018 budget request. This is not only dangerously shortsighted, but it would also severely disrupt many states’ ESSA implementation plans and hamper efforts to increase student achievement. In order to help protect these funds, NASSP has partnered with a number of other organizations to hold the first-ever Title II Day of Action. Please help NASSP in protecting Title II funds by contacting your members of Congress today and urging them to fund Title II at the ESSA-authorized level of $2.295 billion for FY 2018!
This Month’s Top Advocacy Issues
President Trump Releases His First Full Budget
President Trump released his full budget for FY 2018, with deep cuts for nondefense areas like education. ED’s breakdown of the budget reveals that the department would receive a $9 billion or 13 percent reduction from the 2017 continuing resolution level. A day later, the House Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies, held a hearing with Secretary DeVos to allow her to elaborate on the president’s budget and to justify the proposed cuts. You can find details of how Trump’s budget would affect some of NASSP’s key programs here.
Perkins Reauthorization Bill Passes Through House Committee
Last month, Representatives Glenn “GT” Thompson (R-PA) and Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL) introduced the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act, or H.R. 2353. This legislation would reauthorize the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act and update the bill to make it more applicable in today’s world. The bill is now on a fast track to reauthorize Perkins for the first time since 2006, as it was unanimously approved out of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce. You can find more information about the bill here.
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Attend the National Principals Conference!
The election of President Trump and his appointment of Secretary DeVos have drastically altered the education sector. To help you better understand the new policies of this administration, as part of the 2017 National Principals Conference, NASSP and NAESP will host a panel with thought leaders and policymakers to discuss emerging issues in education reform at the national level. Topics will include the school choice movement, questions about the federal role in education, a looming educator shortage crisis, and state implementation of ESSA.
Don’t miss out on your opportunity to hear directly from experts on the policies that will have major implications for your school and students. The 2017 National Principals Conference is July 9–11 in Philadelphia, PA. Time is running out, so register for the conference now!