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Literacy Education Advocacy

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Literacy Is the Foundation of Education, Work, and Civic Life

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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