School administrators slam appropriators for scrapping teacher training funds

By Caitlin Emma, POLITICO

School administrators and advocates today slammed House lawmakers for advancing a bill that would eliminate more than $2 billion in federal funding for teacher training, preparation and improvement.

The National Association of Elementary School Principals and the American Federation of School Administrators call it an “unconscionable decision.”

A House Appropriations subcommittee tasked with funding the Education Department and other agencies released a bill this week eliminating the funds, known as Title II, Part A. The panel approved the bill Thursdayin a party-line vote, 9-6, sending it onto the full committee.

“With an abundance of research pointing to educator quality as the primary factor in student success, a budget that singles out support for educators as unworthy of federal investment sends the public a message that Congress does not care about the educators that serve over 35 million students in our nation’s schools,” the groups said in a statement.

“This decision is particularly painful given that this very same body passed the bipartisan Every Student Succeeds Act with new rules to narrow the uses of Title II funds to their intended purpose of developing teachers, principals and other school leaders,” they write.

The New Teacher Center, a nonprofit focused on preparing teachers just starting out in the profession, called the elimination of the funds a “direct attack on quality teaching.”

“This proposed budget would stall districts’ progress implementing evidence-based programs that deliver results and will ultimately hurt school leaders, teachers, and students,” said center CEO Ellen Moir.

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