Over 50 national organizations express deep concern and disappointment with FY17 funding level of ESSA’s flexible block grant

Posted 05/03/2017 | By HealthCorps

Washington D.C. –– May 2, 2017

On behalf of the undersigned members of the Title IV, A Coalition, we offer the following response to the $400 million appropriated by Congress and the language allowing states to change the structure of the Student Support and Academic Enrichment (SSAE) grant program, authorized by the Every Student Succeeds Act, for fiscal year 2017:

“We are deeply disappointed in Congress’ decision to fund the SSAE grant program (Title IV, A of ESSA) at $400 million, which is just 25% of its ESSA authorization level. From our perspective, this level of funding undermines Congressional intent to give states and districts the flexibility to make meaningful investments in a range of programs that foster safe and healthy school climates, ensure students receive a well-rounded education, and allow for the effective use of technology.

“Although we appreciate Members of Congress seeking input on the most effective way to structure a competitive option, we maintain that they should fund Title IV, Part A at the fully authorized level in FY18 so the program can run as intended and benefit students across the country. We urge states to seriously consider the competitive option offered in the FY17 Omnibus Appropriations bill as a way to ensure that many, albeit not all, of their districts receive funding at levels sufficient to make a difference.

“We hope that Congress and the Administration will provide full funding for SSAE next year and beyond, thereby obviating the need to offer the state competition option again.”

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 Library Association

American Music Therapy Association

American Occupational Therapy Association

American Psychological Association

American School Counselor Association


Association of School Business Officials International (ASBO)

Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools

College in High School Alliance


Futures Without Violence

Girls Inc.

Health and Education Alliance of Louisiana (HEAL)


Healthy Schools Campaign

International Society for Technology in Education

Jobs for the Future

League of American Orchestras

Learning Disabilities Association of America

Lyons Club International

Museum of Science, Boston

National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships (NACEP)

National Association for College Admission Counseling

National Association for Music Education (NAME)

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 Association of State Directors of Special Education (NASDSE)

National Center for Learning Disabilities

National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NIAAA)

National PTA

National School Boards Association

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

State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA)

The American Counseling Association

The College Board

The Corps Network

The Joyful Child Foundation

Trust for America’s Health

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