September 26, 2018

Educators for Excellence Relieved Congress Upholds Funding for Teacher Professional Development

Sept. 26 (New York) — Educators for Excellence (E4E), a teacher-led organization, welcomed Congress’ passage of a funding package that increased education spending by $581 million and maintained funding for Title II teacher recruitment and professional development programs, which the Department of Education under the Trump Administration has twice proposed eliminating.

"Prioritizing teacher candidate recruitment and training will help attract more teachers to the profession and give us the tools to hone our practice,” said E4E-Boston member Matthew Clark, a humanities teacher at West Roxbury Academy. “This will allow my colleagues and I to be the best teachers we can be for our students.”

“Educators across the country are especially relieved that Title II funding remained intact so they can continue developing their skills to meet the diverse needs of their students,” said Evan Stone, Co-Founder and Co-CEO of E4E. “Ongoing conversations between national decision-makers and teachers, the true experts on the ground, are critical to creating and strengthening education policies that benefit students and teachers alike.” 

E4E teachers have been advocating to protect and improve Title II for more than a year, meeting with legislators, publishing op-eds and petitioning Congress for Title II funds. Voices from the Classroom, E4E’s nationally representative survey of 1,000 public school teachers, this past spring found that a staggering 92 percent of teachers say they wish there were more opportunities to further their careers and professional skills while staying in the classroom.