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  Ask Your Senator to Vote NO on the Cassidy Title II #2 Amendment

Senator Cassidy (R-LA) has introduced a problematic amendment to the bi-partisan bill to authorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). This bill is being debated in committee RIGHT NOW. This amendment would eliminate a comprehensive literacy education act that is based on language NCTE and its allies wrote. Instead, Cassidy’s amendment would only allow use of funds for students with dyslexia instead of for all students. All the major literacy organizations, including the International Dyslexia Association, oppose Cassidy’s amendment. Serving students with dyslexia is of paramount importance, but experts agree that the best way to do so is through excellent literacy education for all students.

NCTE is poised to score a major victory in the Senate on behalf of all of America's children. Should the legislation we and our colleagues proposed go through it would fund literacy instruction in all grade levels and across all subjects based on principles grounded in NCTE members' research and experience. Help save this part of the bill.

The Senate Health Education and Labor and Pensions (HELP) committee will vote on the amendments TODAY. RIGHT NOW, please ask your Senator to vote NO on the Cassidy Title II #2 amendment.


Status Update: ESEA Reauthorization and NCTE’s Recommendations 

4/9/15:  Over the last five months, NCTE staff and members have pushed aggressively for improvements in the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA, a.k.a. No Child Left Behind). On Advocacy Day in early March, NCTE offered three recommendations to policymakers that, together, define our priorities for ESEA reauthorization.

On April 7th, the Senate’s Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee released a bipartisan reauthorization bill that will be marked up in committee next week. It is certainly a compromise, but it contains numerous improvements over the Republican draft bill released prior to hearings in January and February.

Here are some of NCTE’s key recommendations and how they compare to the bipartisan bill.    

Tell Congress That Literacy Should Be a Priority
in Federal Support for Education 


Your Letter Will Make a Difference

Educating legislative staff and members of Congress is important work and you can make a difference!

The message you send from home will resonate with legislators when NCTE Literacy Education Advocacy Day participants visit their offices on the Hill on March 5, 2015.

Fellow educators, we have the opportunity to make sure our priorities are included in the revised Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). As Congress negotiates the language of the new law, also known as No Child Left Behind (ESEA/NCLB), you can make a difference by writing your representatives today. Persuade Congress that literacy is the foundation of education, work, and civic life -- it should be a priority in federal support for education.

Using our easy-to-use template, send a letter to your members of Congress: tell them that our students deserve (1) comprehensive literacy education programs; (2) equitable learning opportunities; and (3) assessments that enhance learning.  Ask Congress to include the following:

  • Funding for comprehensive literacy programs for students and professional learning for teachers that includes protected time for collaboration.

  • Title I funds devoted to schools and districts that serve the most low-income students and to programs that build the capacity of such schools to make sustained improvements.

  • Funding for research, professional learning, and teacher preparation to support assessments for learning and innovation in assessments for accountability.

  • Use the form below to persuade your members of Congress that literacy is critical to all Americans. Please feel free to use the language we have drafted and add your own personal message within the letter.

You Might Want to Also Phone and Tweet Your Message:

Phone:  Call your legislators with the messages on each of the topics listed above:
Contact the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121, give your zip code, and the operator will connect you to your legislator’s office (you will need to repeat this to contact all three of your legislators).  Please leave the message above.  You can do this 24 hours a day and leave a voice mail if necessary.   

Tweet:  Send your legislators messages on each of the topics listed above:
Search Twitter for your Senators and Representatives, then send your tweets; be sure to include your city and state so they know you are a constituent.



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