Title II Advocacy

Title II Advocacy

ESSA’s Title II funds for leadership and professional learning that are in danger of being eliminated. The programs funded through Title II significantly impact teachers, school leaders, principals, and the students they serve. Visit our Title II actions web page for information, including a sample email, sample tweets and tools for finding the contact information for your members of Congress. For assistance with talking points with your members of Congress, we have a set of ideas here.

Current update on Title II 


March 13, 2018


URGENT! Calling all Title II Advocates!

Please call Your Senators and US Representatives Today


Congress continues working towards final Fiscal Year 2018, with a deadline of March 23rd for completion. While it remains unclear how much funding Title IIA and other education programs will receive, Learning Forward continues to press Congress to at least level-fund this program. We draw great encouragement from the two-year spending deal Congress approved earlier this year which should provide Congress significantly more funds to put into education spending than in the past two years.

Additionally, school safety legislation proposed last week by Senate HELP Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN), which suggests adding the hiring of more school-based mental health professionals as an allowable use of Title IIA funds, shined a favorable spotlight on the value of the program overall and may help convince Congress to adequately fund it. The House is now expected to move a Fiscal Year 2018 omnibus funding package, which should provide us with a real window on how successful we have been in advocating for Title IIA funding.


ACTION: Call Your Senators’ and Representative’s offices and ask them to weigh in with Senator Blunt and Representative Cole about level funding Title IIA in the final FY18 Omnibus Appropriations Bill. 

Click here for instructions and scripts for making these calls. 


Questions? Contact Melinda George.


Take action 

Visit our Taking Action page for easy ways to call, email, and tweet about Title II. 

Share your story
Please share how you use Title II funds in your context and most importantly how those funds have a real impact on student learning.

Title II talking points -- use and share
Learning Forward developed this one-pager to help policymakers understand why Title II funding is so critical for students and educators.

Join the Learning Forward A-Team

The Learning Forward Advocacy Team (A-Team) is a new opportunity for members to provide a critical service to the education community. Stay up to date on the latest in Title II updates and receive special invitations to help us take action.  


Blog series: Stand up for Title II

Stephanie Hirsh statement on full proposed budget
President Trump's Proposed Budget Bankrupts Support for Educators

Coalition responds to budget proposal
Learning Forward joins other education organizations to advocate for Title II funds for educators. 

Stephanie Hirsh statement on initial proposed budget
Read Learning Forward's response to the initial release of the budget. 

Letter to appropriations committee
Learning Forward is part of a coalition of education membership and advocacy organizations working collectively to inform policymakers about the importance of Title II funds for schools, students, and communities. 

Bring your best evidence forward to show professional learning's worth
This blog post offers insights on the importance of documenting professional learning's impact as part of advocating for Title II funds. 

Webinar series: Speak up for Title II

Learning Forward hosted a series of advocacy webinars designed to help educators build their advocacy skills. Each free webinar provides background information, the legislative status of Title II, and offers practical steps for how you can engage in this critical fight. 

Webinar topics and dates:

Learn more and sign up for the next webinars.

2017 Year in Review 

See how we have changed the field of professional learning over the last year. 

View here.