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Act Now: Contact Congress to urge increased funding for ed tech

Please Join Us for Our Day of Action!

Join CoSN and the Title IV, Part A Coalition on October 26 for a Day of Action and urge Congress to fully fund the Title IV, Part A block grant!

What Is Title IV, Part A?

The Title IV, Part A block grant is a new program created by the recently enacted and bipartisan “Every Student Succeeds Act” (ESSA).  One of the provisions of the Support and Academic Enrichment (SSAE) grant program is to provide states and school districts with funding for the effective use of technology (professional development, blended learning, devices).

The Underfunding Threat

Despite being authorized at $1.65 billion within ESSA, the block grant is facing significant funding barriers from Congress. The Senate’s proposal only allocates $300 million for the block grant while the House’s allocation would provide $1 billion, both falling far short of the authorized level. If underfunded, school districts would be prevented from investing in meaningful areas of education, such as education technology and will be faced with the unnecessarily difficult choice of funding some programs over others.

In order to keep the pressure on Congress to fully fund the SSAE program, CoSN has joined together with over a hundred organizations to form the Title IV, Part A coalition, working to urge Congress to provide maximum funding for the program. 

However, we cannot do it alone and we need YOUR help to get the message across to Congress!

What You Can Do on October 26!

On October 26, we ask that you join educators and advocates all across the nation by taking one (or all!) of the following extremely critical actions:

Send a letter to Congress!

Use our easy advocacy tool to send a message to Congress urging them to fully fund the block grant!

Tweet #MoreTitleIV!

Tweet using the hashtag #MoreTitleIV and talk about the importance of fully funding Title IV, A!

Here are some sample tweets you can use:

·     @[Senator] #MoreTitleIV funding means greater flexibility and more meaningful investments for local school districts and more funding for education technology ! #ESSA

·     Every school would benefit from a fully funded Title IV, A grant, without it districts are forced to choose one program over another. #MoreTitleIV .@[Senator] #ESSA

·     Help provide critical funds for ed tech and transform the learning experience for students. #MoreTitleIV

Call your members in Congress!

Call your Senators’ and Representative’s offices and let them know how important educational technology is to your districts and the students you serve.

Full funding of Title IV Part A will ensure that each district is provided funds to invest in critical areas such as increasing the effective use of technology. 

We hope you can join us on October 26!

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About CoSN

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