Elimination of Teacher Training and Development Funds in U.S. House Budget Harms Teachers and Students
The FY2018 budget bill proposed by the U.S. House of Representatives zeroes out all Title II-A funding, which works to improve educator quality through development, support, and training opportunities. Such programs benefit teachers and students across the country; NTC’s teacher induction model, for example, has been proven to increase student learning by up to 5 months, and this progress could be lost if such programs are cut. Eliminating these funds will weaken the teaching profession, hamper implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act, and hinder future success for students across the country.
“The elimination of Title II-A funds is a direct attack on quality teaching,” says NTC CEO Ellen Moir. “This proposed budget would stall districts’ progress implementing evidence-based programs that deliver results and will ultimately hurt school leaders, teachers, and students.”
The U.S. House budget allocates $66 billion to fund the U.S. Department of Education, a decrease of $2.4 billion—smaller than President Trump’s proposed $9.2 billion cut. While we are pleased to see the House budget preserve key programs, such as Title I, and increase special education funding, the elimination of Title II-A funds is devastating to teachers and will directly impact districts’ ability to provide a quality education to students. Further, the proposed elimination of funding for the Education Innovation and Research (EIR) program hinders our ability to strengthen American schools by halting new research of what works. A key part of supporting the field is knowing how to wisely invest funds to increase teacher effectiveness in the first place.
NTC has been diligently working to preserve critical federal education funding and ensure our nation’s teachers are supported in their careers. We have visited Capitol Hill, met with U.S. Department of Education officials, and continue to communicate the importance of our work and these dollars. We urge you to join us in these efforts.
Today, Thursday, July 13, the U.S. House Appropriations Committee holds a hearing on the budget bill. We encourage all our partners in this work to contact their Representatives and Senators to preserve Title II-A funding and share how your organization, district, or school relies upon these funds.
Please feel free to use our i3 one-pager to help made the case for funding programs that have been proven to help students succeed.