New Leaders is disappointed that the Trump Administration has requested that Congress reduce by half FY17 funding for the Supporting Effective Instruction State Grants program (Title II, Part A). This request intensifies the potential negative impact of the proposed elimination of this program in the President’s FY18 budget.
Such cuts would be extremely challenging for the New Leaders community, our partners, and educators everywhere. Ninety-four percent of school districts receive Title II, Part A funds, and dedicated principals, teacher leaders, and other school leaders across the country rely on Title II, Part A funds for professional development and other investments critical to delivering high-quality instruction to every student in every classroom, every year.
Moreover, Congress has taken steps to strengthen Title II, Part A through the bipartisan Every Student Succeeds Act. States and districts are actively planning to use these dollars to bolster their human capital strategies, and there is momentum at the local level to do things better and smarter in order to accelerate student achievement. More can be done to focus these funds on effective, evidence-based activities, but cutting this vital funding source simply is not the answer.
We call on Congress to reject this proposed cut to Title II, Part A and to at least maintain funding at $2.25 billion in the final FY17 appropriations bill.