Joint Advocacy Efforts

CFC-CASEL Joint Letter to President-Elect Transition Team

November 28, 2016. The Committee for Children with the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) asks President-Elect Trump’s transition team to continue support for social emotional learning (SEL) in schools across the country. The letter highlights the need for SEL and its positive effects on employability, improving educational outcomes, and a number of other important considerations.

Signed by CFC Executive Director, Joan Cole Duffell, and CASEL Chief Knowledge Office, Dr. Roger Weissberg

Letters to Leadership of the U.S. House and Senate Regarding Budget and Appropriation Impacts on Children

November 14, 2016. Committee for Children, recognizing the critical role federal policy makers play in the safety, well-being, and educational success of children in America, joins with members of the Children’s Budget Coalition to ask Congress to pass full appropriations bills before their winter break, halt spending cuts to programs supporting children and use their budgeting authority to equitably distribute federal dollars to our most vulnerable citizens. In particular, Congressional reliance on continuing resolutions imposes funding restrictions that ultimately hurt our nation’s children.

Signed by 25 national organizations including Committee for Children

Letter of Support for Title IV-A, Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grant (SSAEG), and the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)

September 1, 2016. Committee for Children and other national leaders ask Congress for full funding of the Every Student Succeeds Act and in particular for Title IV, Part A, the Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grant. SSAEG provides funding for safe and healthy school programs, well-rounded curriculum development, and the effective use of technology in leaning and school administration. Without full funding of SSAEG, schools will struggle to meet expectations around these varied and important target areas.

CFC joined 74 other national leaders in the call to Congress to fully fund the SSAEG

Press Release from the Title IV, Part A Coalition

September 1, 2016. Press release prior to Congress returning from recess and on the 48th annual PDK poll of the public’s attitudes toward the public schools. It urges appropriators to fully fund the Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grant under Title IV, Part A of the Every Student Succeeds Act, at no less than $1.65 billion, the authorized amount, in a final appropriations bill.

Signed by 67 national organizations including CFC. The Title IV, Part A Coalition is an alliance of more than 75 national organizations that believe the SSAEG program has the potential to support school districts in their central mission of providing our students with the skills, resources, and support they need to succeed.

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Carl D. Perkins Reauthorization Letter to U.S. House

July 6, 2016. Letter to Representatives Kline and Scott (Chair and Ranking Member, respectively, of the Committee on Education and the Workforce) supporting passage of Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (H.R. 5587), a bill to reauthorize the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act. The bill incorporates new language—“employability skills”—and would require these skills to be integrated into academic and technical requirements of programs of study.

This letter was signed by CFC’s Executive Director, Joan Duffell, and CASEL’s Chief Knowledge Officer, Roger P. Weissberg.

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ESSA Consensus Letter to Secretary King

June 10, 2016. Letter to Secretary John B. King, Jr, asking the Department of Education to provide guidance in effective implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) that reflects the dynamic relationship that must take place for students to be ready to engage and learn. The letter emphasizes that the Department could be a resource for evidence-based “social, emotional, and cognitive” standards and tools and provide guidance for creating safe and trusting school cultures and climates. Contains a series of recommendations.

Signed by 69 organizations including CFC and 354 individuals.

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Recommendations to the U.S. Education Department on Implementation of ESSA

May 23, 2016. Letter to Secretary John B. King, Jr, encouraging the Education Department to provide guidance on the identification and implementation of evidence-based practices, particularly for nonacademic skills essential for learning readiness. Also addresses accountability and assessment.

This letter was signed by CFC’s Executive Director, Joan Duffell, and CASEL’s Chief Knowledge Officer, Roger P. Weissberg.

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U.S. Department of Education’s Response to CFC and CASEL

April 8, 2016. The Department of Education’s response to CFC and CASEL’s March 10, 2016 letter. The response reinforces the Department’s commitment to ensuring equity and educational opportunity for every child and encourages the organizations to comment on the proposed regulations. From Ann Whalen, Senior Advisor to the Secretary.

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Full Funding Request for Title IV, Part A, ESSA to the U.S. House

March 17, 2016. Letter to Representatives Cole and DeLauro (Chair and Ranking member, respectively, of the Subcommittee on Labor HHS, Education Appropriations) asking them to fully (authorized) fund Title IV, Part A of the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015. President Obama’s FY17 budget reduces the original spending plan by sixty percent, from $1.65 billion to $500 million, restricting the flexibility of schools across the nation and distorting the original intent of the legislation.

Signed by 76 national and regional organizations, including CFC and 121 state organizations.

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Full Funding Request for Title IV, Part A, ESSA to the U.S. Senate

March 17, 2016. Letter to Senators Blunt and Murray (Chair and Ranking Member, respectively, of the Subcommittee on Labor HHS, Education Appropriations) asking them to fully (authorized) fund Title IV, Part A of Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015. President Obama’s FY17 budget reduces the original spending plan by sixty percent, from $1.65 billion to $500 million, restricting the flexibility of schools across the nation and distorting the original intent of the legislation.

Signed by 76 national and regional organizations, including CFC and 121 state organizations.

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Letter to Secretary King About Implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act

March 10, 2016. Letter to Department of Education Secretary King expressing concerns about implementation of the Every Student Succeeds At without significant guidance from the Department of Education, particularly around nonacademic indicators like social-emotional learning.

This letter was signed by CFC’s Executive Director, Joan Duffell, and CASEL’s Chief Knowledge Officer, Roger P. Weissberg.

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Response to President Obama’s Funding Request for Title IV, Part A, ESSA

February 16, 2016. The letter applauds the President’s overall support of education funding in his FY17 budget but expresses disappointment that President Obama recommends a funding level for ESSA, Title IV, Part A one-third of the authorized amount. These funds allow states and districts to support nonacademic investments in a well-rounded education.

This letter was signed by 45 organizations including Committee for Children.

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Reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act—U.S. House and Senate

September 29, 2015. Letter to Chair Alexander and Ranking Member Murray, Health Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, and Chair Kline and Ranking Member Scott, Education and Workforce Committee, asking them to maintain language around nonacademic skills in the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). The best outcomes for students requires building social-emotional skills.

Signed by 42 organizations.

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