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Federal Title II-A Funds are on the Chopping Block—How Could This Impact Your District?

Stacy Bogard

By Stacy Bogard, CAE, MASB Assistant Director of Communications, PR & Marketing

DashBoard, June 21, 2017

There are a number of proposed changes to the federal education budget for 2017-2018. One that is raising concerns is the proposed elimination of funds that provide professional development for teachers and administrators, and are also used to reduce class size, set up evaluation systems and more.

Known as Title II-A or the Supporting Effective Instruction State Grant program, your district could be using these funds “to address challenges to teacher quality, whether they concern teacher preparation and qualifications of new teachers, recruitment and hiring, induction, professional development, teacher retention, or the need for more capable principals and assistant principals to serve as effective school leaders.”1

While there have been concerns that the program has not been effective in improving student achievement (and that is the reason given by the Trump administration for the cuts), many believe that revising the program would be a better course of action than total elimination. Currently, states and school districts are not required to measure the effectiveness of how these dollars are spent.

"The largest in-school factors affecting student achievement are teachers followed by principals, so to dial back resources intended to support those individuals seems really short sighted," says Melissa Tooley, Director of PreK-12 Educator Quality at New America.2

The Every Student Succeeds Act maintains Title II-A as a formula fund, but has made some tweaks to how the funds are distributed with more focus on areas with high poverty levels.

To draw attention to the proposed cuts, the National Association of Secondary School Principals among other education organizations, held a Title II National Day of Action on June 14, 2017, that generated a social reach of 926,961 people via 456 supporters.3

Take a look at how your district is using Title II-A funds and add your voice by contacting your federal legislators and urging them to take these funds off the chopping block.


Sources:

1 https://www2.ed.gov/programs/teacherqual/index.html.

2 https://www.usnews.com/news/the-report/articles/2017-04-21/trumps-proposed-cuts-to-title-ii-education-funding-draw-concern.

3 https://www.thunderclap.it/projects/57941-national-day-of-action

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