AASL has joined more than 75 national organizations in urging Congress to fully fund the Student Success and Academic Enrichment Grants (SSAEG), an education funding program authorized in Title IV, Part A of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).
The Title IV, Part A Coalition applauds the House Labor HHS Education Appropriations Subcommittee’s decision to provide $1 billion in FY17 to the SSAEG, the new flexible block grant program established in the Every Student Succeeds Act. SSAEG is designed to allocate funding to nearly all of America’s school districts, allowing them to invest in vital health, safety, academic and technology programs and services. While the Subcommittee would not fully fund SSAEG, we are encouraged by its actions and words in support of this most important program.
AASL encourages school librarians to thank their House members who supported full funding for SSAEG. These members include:
House Education & the Workforce Chairman John Kline (R-MN) and Ranking Member Bobby Scott
(D-VA); and Representatives Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA), Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR), Carlos Curbelo (R-FL), Katherine Clark (D-MA), and Elise Stefanik (R-NY).
The House Appropriations Committee meets later this month to mark-up the FY17 Labor HHS Education Appropriations bill. AASL asks school librarians to contact their representative serving on the House Appropriations Committee and urge them to support full funding of SSAEG at $1.65 billion. A full committee list can be found here.