The National Education Association is celebrating Public Schools Week from March 12-16. While they advocate and share perspectives of teachers, you can call or write your Congressional Representatives and tell them you are discouraged by cuts to Title 1, Title 2 and the Individuals with Disabilities in Education Act (IDEA).
How do these cuts impact Utah schools?
- Title 1 provides financial assistance to schools that serve high percentages of low-income families. There are Title 1 schools in all Utah districts, so even if the cuts do not impact your own children or students, they do impact their peers. For the coming academic year, individual Title 1 school funding has already been cut. Funding cut amounts vary based on enrollment. As an example, a school serving 80% low-income families of 300 students overall, has been cut $40,000.00 which is the equivalent of a half of a teacher.
- Title 2 provides funds to ongoing teacher training. Without Title 2 funds, teachers do not have the support they deserve when teaching new standards with new strategies.
- IDEA funding ensures equal opportunities in public school for individuals with disabilities this includes grants for prekindergarten programs and early intervention. Learn more about IDEA funds here. The administration budget cuts IDEA program funding by $113 million.
WHAT YOU CAN DO
Rep. Rob Bishop (Congressional District 1): 202-225-0453 (DC) // 801-625-0107 (Ogden)
Rep. Chris Stewart (Congressional District 2): 202-225-9730 (DC) // 801-364-5550 (SLC) // 435-627-1500 (St. George)
Rep. John Curtis (Congressional District 3): (202) 225-7751 (DC) // (801) 851-2500 (Provo)
Rep. Mia Love (Congressional District 4): (202) 225-3011 (DC) // 801-996-8729 (West Jordan)
- In education, personal stories matter. Tell your representative how these cuts impact your children, students, classroom, or community.
- The Every Student Succeeds Act can’t be successful at state or local levels without federal investment.
- Our communities and economies suffer when we fail to fund these categories of education needs. On the other hand, investing in our children’s education improves outcomes for Utah kids throughout their lives and benefits us in all areas of politics.