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Diverse coalition of SSAE grant program supporters dismayed at the President’s FY18 budget proposal

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Lisa Campo
(703) 894-2900 x119
Take action now: Tell your representatives to fully fund the SSAE grant program

Washington D.C., May 23, 2017 -- The undersigned members of the Title IV, A Coalition offer the following response to President Trump’s elimination of the Student Support and Academic Enrichment (SSAE) grant program, authorized by the Every Student Succeeds Act, in his fiscal year 2018 budget:

“We are 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.

“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 call on Congress to do the right thing for our students and educators and fund SSAE to its full authorized level of $1.6 billion.”

Tell your representatives that you support full funding of the SSAE grant program.

Members of the Title IV, A Coalition:

  • Action for Healthy Kids (AFHK)
  • Alliance for Excellent Education
  • American Association of School Librarians
  • American College of Sports Medicine
  • American Council for School Social Work
  • American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL)
  • American Dance Therapy Association
  • American Heart Association
  • American Library Association
  • American Music Therapy Association
  • American Occupational Therapy Association
  • American Psychological Association
  • American School Counselor Association
  • ASCD
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of America
  • Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools
  • Coalition for Community Schools
  • Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL)
  • College in High School Alliance
  • Committee for Children
  • CoSN
  • Futures Without Violence
  • Girl Scouts of the USA
  • Girls Inc.
  • Health and Education Alliance of Louisiana (HEAL)
  • HealthCorps
  • Healthy Schools Campaign
  • Healthy Schools Network
  • International Society for Technology in Education
  • League of American Orchestras
  • Learning Disabilities Association of America
  • Lions Clubs International
  • Museum of Science, Boston
  • National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships (NACEP)
  • National Association for College Admission Counseling
  • National Association for Music Education (NAfME)
  • National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP)
  • National Association of School Nurses
  • National Association of School Psychologists
  • National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP)
  • National Center for Learning Disabilities
  • National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
  • National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NIAAA)
  • National PTA
  • National Science Teachers Association
  • National Summer Learning Association
  • Safe Routes to School National Partnership
  • School Social Work Association of America
  • SHAPE America - Society of Health and Physical Educators
  • Society for Public Health Education
  • Society of Women Engineers
  • State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA)
  • The American Counseling Association
  • The Corps Network
  • The Joyful Child Foundation
     
Date: 
Tuesday, May 23, 2017