Dear world language advocates,
In 2015, Congress planned for the Student Support and Academic Enrichment (SSAE) grant program to receive $1.65 billion under the bipartisan Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). This flexiable block grant program will serve all 50 states, 5 territories and over 17,000 Local Education Agencies.
That is why, as one of 55 other members of the Title IV, Part A Coalition, ACTFL is profoundly dismayed by President Trump’s Fiscal Year 2018 budget proposal to completely eliminate the SSAE grant program. Authorized less than 2 years ago, and soon to be implemented through the bipartisan Every Student Succeeds Act, SSAE is a flexible block grant that is designed to provide support for much needed health and safety programs, well-rounded education programs, and the effective use of education technology. World language programs stand to benefit from SSAE.
The President’s decision to eliminate this program––before districts have received their FY17 SSAE allocations or had a chance to implement the program––is a clear sign that this Administration has no intention of supporting America’s public schools and the 90% of students and educators who attend them. Moreover, this proposed defunding of SSAE stands in stark contrast to both the will of Congress and the President’s publicly stated intentions to provide states and districts enhanced flexibility over education.
We are asking you to call on Congress to do the right thing for our students and educators and fund SSAE to its full authorized level of $1.65 billion.
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