Urge Your Members of Congress to Support Educator Prep Programs and Fully Fund
AACTE recently posted two action alerts, which are a quick and easy way for you to urge your members of congress to support legislation pending before Congress.
The first action alert calls on Senators to include funding for educator preparation programs in the Build Back Better legislation it is currently negotiating. Earlier this month, the House of Representatives passed legislation that included more than $1 billion for these programs, an investment that is long overdue. However, it is unclear if the Senate will include this funding in their version of the bill. Your voice can help determine the fate of this critical funding.
The other action alert urges your members of Congress to cosponsor legislation that would fully fund the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA). When it passed 46 years ago, Congress promised to pay 40% of the costs of educating students with disabilities. However, it currently only funds about 15%. This legislation, if signed into law, would increase the federal government’s contribution until it meets its obligation.
These bills are critical to ensuring that students have access to profession-ready teachers and they can realize their full academic potential. Your members of Congress need to hear from you about their importance so contact them today.