Advocacy

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The Honorable Roy Blunt
Chairman
Labor, Health and Human Services, Education Appropriations Subcommittee 260 Russell Senate Office Building Washington, DC 20510

The Honorable Patty Murray
Ranking Member
Labor, Health and Human Services, Education Appropriations Subcommittee 154 Russell Senate Office Building Washington, DC 20510

April 4, 2017

The Honorable Tom Cole
Chairman
Labor, Health and Human Services, Education Appropriations Subcommittee 2467 Rayburn House Office Building Washington, DC 20515

The Honorable Rosa DeLauro
Ranking Member
Labor, Health and Human Services, Education Appropriations Subcommittee 2413 Rayburn House Office Building Washington, DC 20515

Dear Chairmen Blunt and Cole and Ranking Members Murray and DeLauro:

The American Federation of School Administrators (AFSA), ASCD, Learning Forward, the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP), the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), New Leaders, —which collectively represent principals, teachers and other school leaders in the nation’s 115,000 elementary, middle, and high schools—are writing to express our support for full funding of Title II, Part A of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) as Congress works to finalize a funding measure for the remainder of FY 2017 and FY 2018.

Overwhelmingly approved by a bipartisan Congress, ESSA provides new opportunities for states to use Title II, Part A funds to invest in principal leadership and support and job-embedded professional learning opportunities for teachers – all evidence-based strategies that will lead to improved student outcomes. Many states have already taken advantage of the optional three percent of Title II, Part A funds for school leadership activities. States also report that the Title II, Part A funds make possible the majority of their professional learning activities for teachers. To ensure that states have access to these opportunities, our organizations ask that Congress allocate no less than $2.295 billion to Title II, Part A in any new funding package. This amount

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represents what was originally authorized for Title II, Part A under ESSA, and is still below pre- sequestration funding levels.

Research has proven that effective school leadership is second only to direct classroom instruction as a factor in raising student achievement. Given the unique role that principals play in ensuring that our nation’s students have 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 states for the purpose of preparing, training, recruiting, and retaining high- quality teachers, principals, assistant principals, and other school leaders. Additionally, these funds can be used for reforming school leader preparation programs; modifying evaluation systems; and developing school leader residency, induction, and mentoring programs.

We are extremely disappointed by President Trump’s decision to eliminate funding entirely for Title II, Part A in the initial fiscal year 2018 budget proposal to Congress. Our organizations urge you to instead provide the full funding level authorized for Title II, Part A in ESSA. Over 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 and professional learning systems for teachers. This is demonstrated in the current state ESSA plans that are being drafted, but without any Title II funding, states and districts will not be able to execute plans that strive to support effective educators as they implement the new law. 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 of this request, and we hope we can count on your support.

National Organizations

AASA The School Superintendents Association American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages American Federation of School Administrators
ASCD
ASPIRA Association, Inc.
Association of Educational Service Agencies
Association of School Business Officials International Autism National Committee
Center for Law and Education
Clearinghouse on Women's Issues
Council for Exceptional Children
ECET2ADK Planning Committee
EDGE
Educators 4 Excellence
Feminist Majority Foundation

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First Focus
Generation Schools Network
Hope Street Group
Kappa Delta Pi
Leading Educators
Learning Forward
Lions Clubs International
Magnet Schools of America
National Association for the Education of Young Children National Association of Elementary School Principals National Association of Secondary School Principals National Board for Professional Teaching Standards National Center for Learning Disabilities
National Council of Teachers of English
National Disability Rights Network
National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform National Network of State Teachers of the Year
National PTA
New Leaders
National Rural Education Association
New Teacher Center
NYC Leadership Academy
PDK International
Public Advocacy for Kids
Scholastic Inc.
SHAPE America
Students for Education Reform
TASH
Teach For America
Teach Plus
TNTP
University Council for Educational Administration

State Organizations

Southern Poverty Law Center
Alabama Association of Elementary School Administrators Alabama Association of Secondary School Principals Alaska Association of Elementary School Principals
Alaska ASCD
Alaska Council of School Administrators
Arizona School Administrators
Arkansas ASCD
Arkansas Association of Elementary School Principals Arkansas Association of Educational Administrators Arkansas Association of Secondary School Principals

AL, GA, MS, FL, LA Alabama Alabama
Alaska

Alaska Alaska Arizona Arkansas Arkansas Arkansas Arkansas

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Project KnuckleHead
Association of California School Administrators
United Administrators of Oakland Schools
United Administrators of San Francisco, Emeritus
Colorado Association of School Executives
Connecticut Association of Schools
Putnam Administrators Group
South Windsor Administrators Association
Thompson Association of School Administrators
Coventry Administration Association
The Hartford Principals' and Supervisors' Association
School Administrators Association of New Haven
DC Council of School Officers
District of Columbia Association of Secondary School Principals Florida Association of Elementary and Middle School Principals Florida Association of Secondary School Principals
Georgia Association of Elementary School Principals
Georgia Association of Secondary School Principals
Hawaii Association of Secondary School Principals
Idaho Association of School Administrators
Chicago Principals & Administrators Association
Illinois Principals Association
Golden Apple Foundation
Indiana Association of School Principals
School Administrators of Iowa
Iowa ASCD
Kansas Association of Secondary School Principals
Kentucky Association of Elementary School Principals
Kentucky Association of Secondary School Principals
Louisiana Association of Principals
Maine Principals' Association
Maryland Association of Elementary School Principals
Maryland Association of Secondary School Principals
Public School Administrators & Supervisors Association of Baltimore City
Howard County Administrators Association
Association of Supervisory & Administrative School Personnel Massachusetts Secondary School Administrators Association Boston Association of School Administrators & Supervisors Michigan Association of Secondary School Principals
Minnesota Elementary School Principals' Association
Minnesota Association of Secondary School Principals
Missouri Association of Elementary School Principals
Missouri Association of Secondary School Principals
Missouri ASCD

California
California
California
California
Colorado Connecticut Connecticut Connecticut Connecticut Connecticut Connecticut Connecticut
District of Columbia District of Columbia Florida

Florida Georgia Georgia Hawaii Idaho Illinois Illinois Illinois Indiana Iowa Iowa Kansas Kentucky Kentucky Louisiana Maine Maryland Maryland

Maryland Maryland Maryland Massachusetts Massachusetts Michigan Minnesota Minnesota Missouri Missouri Missouri

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Administrators Association of the St. Louis Public Schools
School Administrators of Montana
Montana Association of Elementary and Middle School Principals Montana Association of Secondary School Principals

Montana Association of School Superintendents
Montana Association of County School Superintendents Montana Council of Administrators of Special Education Montana Educational Technologists Association
Nebraska ASCD
Nevada Association of School Administrators
Nevada Association of School Superintendents
Secondary School Principal's Association of Nevada
New Jersey Principals and Supervisors Association
New Jersey ASCD
City Association of Supervisors and Administrators
New Mexico Association of Elementary School Principals New Mexico Association of Secondary School Principals Council of School Supervisors & Administrators
New York Educator Voice Fellowship
School Administrators Association of New York State
New York State ASCD
Yonkers Council of Administrators
Buffalo Council of Supervisors & Administrators
NYC Leadership Academy
Profound Gentlemen
North Carolina ASCD
North Carolina Principals and Assistant Principals' Association North Dakota Association of Secondary School Principals North Dakota Council of Educational Leaders
Ohio Association of Elementary School Administrators
Ohio Association of Secondary School Administrators
Ohio ASCD
Oklahoma Association for Secondary School Principals Oklahoma Association of Elementary School Principals Confederation of Oregon School Administrators
Pennsylvania Principals Association
Rhode Island Association of School Principals
South Carolina Association of School Administrators
South Dakota Association of Secondary School Principals Tennessee Principals Association
Tennessee ASCD
Tennessee Association of Secondary School Principals
Texas ASCD
Texas Association of Secondary School Principals
Texas Elementary Principals and Supervisors Association

Missouri Montana Montana Montana Montana Montana Montana Montana Nebraska Nevada Nevada Nevada
New Jersey New Jersey New Jersey New Mexico New Mexico New York New York New York New York New York New York New York North Carolina North Carolina North Carolina North Dakota North Dakota Ohio

Ohio
Ohio Oklahoma Oklahoma Oregon Pennsylvania Rhode Island South Carolina South Dakota Tennessee Tennessee Tennessee Texas
Texas
Texas

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Utah Association of Elementary School Principals Utah Association of Secondary School Principals Vermont Principals' Association
Virginia Association of Secondary School Principals Virginia Association of Elementary School Principals Association of Washington School Principals Washington State ASCD

West Virginia Association of Elementary/Middle School Principals Association of Wisconsin School Administrators
Wisconsin ASCD
Wyoming Association of Elementary and Middle School Principals Wyoming Association of Secondary School Principals

Utah
Utah Vermont Virginia Virginia Washington Washington West Virginia Wisconsin Wisconsin Wyoming Wyoming