Educators for Excellence Reacts to Senate Appropriations’ Passage of Education Budget
September 7, 2017 (New York) - Educators for Excellence, a teacher-led organization, today applauded the United States Senate Appropriations Committee for passing the Labor, HHS and Education Appropriations Act of 2018, a bill that would roughly maintain federal education funding from fiscal year 2017, including $2.05 billion for teacher training under Title II. The appropriation had bipartisan, unanimous support from the Senate Labor, Health and Human Services and Education Appropriations Subcommittee.
Anthony Hernandez, a second grade teacher at Global Academy in Minneapolis and E4E-Minnesota member said, "This is a win for students, teachers and families. Teachers like me around the country are serious and eager about improving their own practice. Although Title II is a relatively small slice of the budget, it has an outsized impact on teachers and students and deserves to be defended. When the Senate goes to negotiations with the House, I hope our senators continue to listen to our educators and fight to maintain Title II to ensure all children have excellent educational opportunities.”
“We are heartened that the Senate passed legislation that would maintain $2.05 billion in Title II funding,” said Evan Stone and Sydney Morris, E4E Co-Founders and Co-CEOs. “Good teachers aren’t born, they are made. Title II provides crucial professional development opportunities that allow teachers to meet the complex and diverse needs of their students. We thank the senators who worked across the aisle to pass this bill and encourage legislators from both parties to continue to fight on behalf of students and teachers. Our nation’s young people deserve nothing less.”
E4E teachers have been advocating to protect Title II since January, meeting with legislators, publishing op-eds and petitioning congress for Title II funds.