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Contact your Members of Congress to Protect Programs that Support Community Schools for FY 2018

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Contact your Members of Congress 
to Protect Programs that Support 
Community Schools for FY 2018 
By December 8, Congress will need to pass a final budget for FY 2018 until then we are operating under a Continuing Resolution which keeps programs level-funded until a final budget is passed. They need to hear from you to communicate the importance of the multiple programs that support community schools. Take 2 minutes to contact your members of Congress now!
Two programs are particularly vulnerable right now:
  • Full-Service Community Schools, which was funded at $10 million in the House but not funded in the Senate and has 21 current grantees; and
  • Title II funds that go toward educator professional development and was eliminated in the House.
In addition, we seek to protect funding for the 21st Century Community Learning Centers program, which at $1.1 billion provides core funding for after-school programs and community schools; and Title I, which at $15.4 billion goes to low-income school districts to improve student outcomes and can pay for coordinators. Finally, we seek to increase funding for Title IV Part A, the new block grant in the Every Student Succeeds Act that can be used to fund community schools. This block grant is authorized at $1.6 billion but only received $400 million in FY 2017.
Take action here to call on Congress to protect and increase funding for these programs to ensure our young people and their families and communities can continue to learn and thrive.
We encourage you to take a step further and take other actions to reinforce the message:
1)      Call your Senators and Congressperson and urge them not to cut these programs
2)      Join with other advocates for youth and families in your community and state and advocate to your members of Congress together
3)      Visit the district offices of your members of Congress to share this message in-person (or call them)
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Thank you in advance for taking a stand for the youth and families in your community and for community schools.
The Coalition Team
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