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Advocacy Alert: Funding Needed for ESSA Grant Program

by John Dichtl, President & CEO, AASLH on

With President’s Day behind us and questions about Constitutionalism and an appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court in the news, it’s a good time to think about  Americans’ knowledge of our shared past.

AASLH and other members of the National Coalition for History urge you to ask your Representative to support funding for the ESSA competitive grant program for non-profit organizations. This program would develop innovative approaches to reaching under-served students with important instruction in American history and civics

ESSA is the “Every Student Succeeds Act.” Signed into law last December, it restored funding for K-12 history and civics education cut five years ago. Unfortunately, the president’s budget request on February 9 left the competitive grant program for non-profits unfunded.

 

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President Barack Obama signs S. 1177, Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), Dec. 10, 2015

 

Please contact your Member of the House and ask them to sign the Ross/Graham “Dear Colleague” letter supporting funding for history education.

More information on the issue and instructions on how to contact your representative can be found on the NCH website.

After you contact your Representative, please spread the word about this important advocacy opportunity by sharing this post.