Dear Science Educator:
I invite you to join NSTA and other leading education groups on Tuesday, August 29 for the National Day of Action to advocate for Title II funds under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESSA).
President Trump has called for no new funding for ESSA Title II funds, and Congress may eliminate all Title II funding when they return after Labor Day. Title II has been funded at $2.3 billion since 2014.
Title II is the only dedicated source of funding for professional development of teachers. These funds are also used to pay teachers' salaries and address teacher shortages in hard-to-fill areas, including STEM.
Title II funds will be critical to the science and STEM teacher professional development that will need to take place as more states begin to roll out Next Generation Science Standards and the three dimensional learning outlined in the NRC Framework for K-12 Science Education.
Read more about Title II here and find out how much your state will lose if Title II funding is eliminated.
I urge you to join NSTA and your colleagues for this National Day of Action and take a minute to send an email or call your member of Congress and tweet out your support for Title II. In your emails and calls remember to mention how Title II will be needed by science and STEM teachers as we adapt to new ways of teaching and learning to incorporate new standards, bring more engineering into the curriculum, and fully integrate STEM education in classrooms nationwide.
The loss of Title II will have significant impact on teachers, school leaders, principals, and the students we serve. Please take a moment to advocate for more funding, and send this email to colleagues in your network and ask them to participate.
Thank you for supporting science education.
David L. Evans
Executive Director, NSTA