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Since 2011 when earmarks were eliminated, Federal advocacy efforts by NCSS and the social studies community (civics, economics, geography, and history) have paid off in significant ways. Most important is the The Every Students Succeeds Act (ESSA). Signed into law in December 2015, ESSA included authorization to fund three grant programs specific to the social studies, and one large grant that can be used to fund social studies education. May 5, President Trump signed the 2017 appropriations that included funding for these programs. 

Our social studies community was thrilled when the Every Student Succeeds Act created multiple new competitive grants to support high-quality instruction in civics, economics, geography, and history.  We were even more excited when Chairman Tom Cole of Oklahoma provided funding for those grants in his appropriations bill, even though that work still has not been finished by Congress.  Now, we need to ask Congress to provide funding for those grants in both the FY 2017 and FY 2018 bills - and we seek your help to do it!

Dear [choose Senator or Representative] [Last Name]:

I am writing as a constituent to ask for your support for federal funding to help local schools improve the teaching of civics, economics, geography and history.  Specifically, I am requesting that the FY 2017 and FY 2018 Labor, HHS and Education Appropriations bills fund the following programs authorized in the Every Student Succeeds Act at the level of Chairman Cole’s FY 2017 House mark:

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Winning Proposal: The Traveler’s Trunk: A Never Ending Journey

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Leaders' Webinar: Social Studies and a Well-Rounded Education, Demystifying the Guidance

This webinar provides an open discussion forum about the non-regulatory guidance entitled: "Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grants Guidance" released in October by the U.S. Department of Education. Key aspects of this guidance and its recommendations to leverage Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) grant funding for social studies programs are unpacked. Presenters: NCSS Executive Director Lawrence Paska and Linchpin Strategies President Catriona Macdonald.



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