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Ask Your Senators to Support Literacy Funding By May 23!

 ISSUE

The United States Senate is working on the Fiscal Year 2018 (FY2018) appropriations bills and deadlines are approaching for Senators to submit their funding priorities to appropriators.

In order to maintain the $190 million for the Literacy for All, Results for the Nation (LEARN) program, now authorized under Title II-B of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), Senators must join together and support the program or funding will be significantly reduced or cut entirely.

LEARN is the only targeted federal literacy funding for birth through grade 12 teacher professional development and research-based interventions. NCTE has helped develop LEARN as it originated from our work on the Striving Readers Comprehensive Literacy program. We know these innovative initiatives underway in states are critical and provide millions of students with access to quality reading and writing instruction.

With the President’s FY2018 budget eliminating LEARN entirely from the Department of Education budget, it is very important that Senators hear from you and sign the Dear Colleague sponsored by Senator Jack Reed before May 23. 

Senators who have signed on: Warren (D-MA), Hirono (D-HI), Sanders (I-VT), Whitehouse (D-RI), Baldwin (D-WI), Blumenthal (D-CT), Casey (D-PA), Durbin (D-IL), Kaine (D-VA), Booker (D-NJ), Markey (D-MA), and Franken (D-MN

 ACT TODAY!

Email or Call your Senators before May 23:

  • Find your Senators here
  • Send an email AND
  • Call the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121 and ask for the office of your Senators
  • Identify yourself as a constituent and as a member of NCTE

Suggested email or phone call could include:

I’m connecting with you to ask that you sign the Dear Colleague by May 23 supporting funding for student literacy.

 

The Literacy for All, Results for the Nation (LEARN) program is the only targeted federal literacy funding for birth through grade 12 teacher professional development and research-based interventions for students who cannot read and write well enough to progress in school through graduation.

 

Funding of these innovative initiatives is critical and must be maintained at the current level of $190 million so that states can provide millions of students with access to quality reading and writing instruction.

 

As a teacher/researcher I am urging you to support this important funding because the skills our students need today are much more complex.

 

Creating a globally competent workforce depends on students using their skills to read, write and communicate in a worldwide economy.

 

To add your name to the Dear Colleague, please contact Moira Lenehan in Senator Reed's office at moira_lenehan@reed.senate.gov or 4-4642 by May 23. 

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