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Education Funding Day of Action

Congress is currently working on the FY18 budget, and it’s critical that we let our leaders know how important it is to protect funding for public education. That's why we're asking you to:

  1.  Urge senators to promote literacy funding in the budget debate before May 23.
  2. Continue to tell Congress to support public education funding. The Education Funding Day of Action that took place yesterday, May 18, was hugely successful but your advocacy can continue. 

What is at stake? 

  • Do you care about the funding public schools receive to support teacher and school leader recruitment and training?
  • Does your school or district pay for professional learning and continuing education opportunities?
  • Does your school or district subsidize your learning through groups like NCTE or other national organizations you support and trust?
  • Are you a professional learning provider for schools and districts?

These resources are all in jeopardy as Congress considers a new budget.

 Why are we taking action now?

In March the Trump Administration released its “skinny” budget recommending cuts that would significantly impact funding that supports public education and privatizes education through a massive rollback in funding for the US Department of Education. The “skinny” budget calls for $9 billion in cuts to key funding streams, including a complete elimination of Title II teacher training and professional learning funding, as well as cuts to Title I school funding and college financial assistance, while investing $250 million in private school vouchers.

The full budget is expected early next week, and Secretary of Education DeVos will also testify in the House of Representatives Appropriations Education Subcommittee to defend the Trump Administration’s budget that makes drastic public school cuts. Ahead of these events next week, NCTE and other advocates will hold a Education Funding  Day of Action on May 18 to demand that our members of Congress ensure that public funding goes to public education.

NCTE has developed a set of funding recommendations, and we hope you will continue to write your Senators and Congressional representatives to implement those recommendations. 


EMAIL your members of Congress to tell them to fund our public schools and keep public dollars where they belong -- with the 90 percent of American children who attend public schools!


  • As a constituent and a (teacher/education advocate), I am writing to ask you to stand up for schools and local communities by supporting public education.
  • I do not agree with the president’s proposed cuts to public education funding and strongly urge you to support public education.
  • In particular, I am writing to ask you to:
    • Support Title II formula funding -- this supports teacher training and professional learning for teachers and principals.
    • Support $190 million for LEARN. Do not eliminate the only source of literacy funding available to states.
    • Support TRIO, Gear Up, Pell, and other student grant & loan programs.
    • Oppose budget changes designed to support school choice initiatives with public education funding (e.g., tax credits, vouchers, or education savings accounts).
  • Please stand up for your local public schools and protect funding for our public school system!                         

TWEET at your elected officials:

Look up your senators’ and representative’s Twitter handles by clicking here and entering your zip code.

Sample tweets:


  • @(your elected official’s handle here), public #EdFunding should go to public schools! Support public schools and #literacyadvocacy!
  • @(your elected official’s handle here), A $9 billion cut in #EdFunding means 40,000 teachers lose work and professional learning.
  • @(your elected official’s handle here), Protect #EdFunding 4 teachers. Reject Trump budget cuts & support teachers and #literacyadvocacy
  • @(your elected official’s handle here) Don’t cut education funding, invest in evidence-based training & leadership for teachers and principals. #EdFunding
  • @(your elected official’s handle here) Don’t divert #EdFunding away from Title I schools to support school choice initiatives.
  • @(your elected official’s handle here) Title I #EdFunding provides equitable access to rich and compelling learning opportunities.
  • @(your elected official’s handle here) Title I #EdFunding provides transformative curricula for all students.
  • @(your elected official’s handle here) #literatestudents critical for workforce; protect #EdFunding #literacyadvocacy
  • @(your elected official’s handle here) Diverting #EdFunding to private & religious schools weakens financially strapped public schools.
  • @(your elected official’s handle here) Support #EdFunding TRIO, Gear Up, Pell, student grant & loan programs.
  • @(your elected official’s handle here) Promote & improve #EdFunding access to postsecondary education for at-risk students.
  • @(your elected official’s handle here) Public #EdFunding critical for recruitment & retention of excellent teachers #literacyadvocacy
  • @(your elected official’s handle here) Public #EdFunding critical for K-16 #literatestudent access & retention #literacyadvocacy
  • @(your elected official’s handle here) Public #EdFunding enhances #literatestudents critical to a civic democracy #literacyadvocacy
  • @(your elected official’s handle here) Public #EdFunding contributes to the civil discourse through #literatestudents #literacyadvocacy
  • @(your elected official’s handle here) Do not divert public #EdFunding to private & religious schools that discriminate against students.

Help NCTE spread the word: Sample tweets to your followers!

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