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Learn more about ESSA
The Alliance for Excellent Education offers a variety of helpful resources on ESSA from fact sheets to videos.  Visit the A4Ed ESSA homepage >>

ASCD’s ESSA webpage offers an ESSA timeline , as well as other useful documents and a recorded webinar. Visit the ASCD ESSA homepage >>

**ACTION ITEM***
We need your help! Under ESSA, school districts will be able to apply to the “Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grant Program”. Congress authorized a budget allocation of $1.65 billion for this program, which can fund a variety of programs including character development and school climate initiatives.

However, President Obama’s budget only proposes $500 million for this program. In order to ensure that ESSA is as impactful as it can be, we need to make sure there is adequate funding in place.

There are two letters currently circulating, one on the house side ( read here ) and one on the Senate side ( read here ). They both advocate for the full amount that Obama authorized to be put back into the education budget.

The most effective way for you to make your voice heard right now is by calling your senator or representatives offices or tweeting at their Twitter handles.You can find the phone number and Twitter handles for the appropriations committee representatives in the tables below.

We appreciate your time and dedication to advocating that young people everywhere receive the resources they need to thrive.

Here’s a sample tweet you can use*:  Prioritize the #wholechild by increasing the budget for the Student Support & Academic Enrichment Grant Program!

*remember to include a senator or representative’s twitter handle from the list below

Not sure who your representative is? Find out here !

Senate Appropriations Committee Click for contact information


Senator State Twitter Handle Phone Number
Lisa Murkowski
AK @lisamurkowski (202) 224-6665
Richard Shelby
AL @SenShelby (202) 224-5744
John Boozman
AR @JohnBoozman (202) 224-4843
Dianne Feinstein
CA @SenFeinstein (202) 224-3841
Chris Murphy
CT @ChrisMurphyCT (202) 224-4041
Christopher Coons
DE @ChrisCoons (202) 224-5042
Brian Schatz
HI @SenBrianSchatz (202) 224-3934
Richard Durbin
IL @SenatorDurbin (202) 224-2152
Mark Kirk
IL @SenatorKirk (202) 224-2854
Jerry Moran
KS @JerryMoran (202) 224-6521
Mitch McConnell
KY @SenateMajLdr (202) 224-2541
Bill Cassidy
LA @BillCassidy (202) 224-5824
Barbara Mikulski
MD @SenatorBarb (202) 224-4654
Susan Collins
ME @SenatorCollins (202) 224-2523
Roy Blunt
MO @RoyBlunt (202) 224-5721
Ted Cochran
MS @SenThadCochran (202) 224-5054
Jon Tester
MT @SenatorTester (202) 224-2644
Steve Daines
MT @SteveDaines (202) 224-2651
John Hoeven
ND @SenJohnHoeven (202) 224-2551
Jeanne Shaheen
NH @SenatorShaheen (202) 224-2841
Tom Udall
NM @SenatorTomUdall (202) 224-6621
James Lankford
OK @SenatorLankford (202) 224-5754
Jeff Merkley
OR @SenJeffMerkley (202) 224-3753
Jack Reed
RI @SenJackReed (202) 224-4642
Lindsey Graham
SC @GrahamBlog (202) 224-5972
Lamar Alexander
TN @SenAlexander (202) 224-4944
Patrick Leahy
VT @SenatorLeahy (202) 224-4242
Patty Murray
WA @PattyMurray (202) 224-2621
Tammy Baldwin
WI @SenatorBaldwin (202) 224-5653
Shelley Moore Capito
WV @SenCapito (202) 224-6472

House Appropriations Committee Click for contact information


Representative State Twitter Handle Phone Number
Robert B. Aderholt
AL @Robert_Aderholt (202) 225-4876
Martha Roby
AL @RepMarthaRoby (202) 225-2901
Steve Womack
AR @rep_stevewomack (202) 225-4301
Sam Farr
CA @RepSamFarr (202) 225-2861
Michael M. Honda
CA @RepMikeHonda (202) 225-2631
Lucille Roybal-Allard
CA @RepRoybalAllard (202) 225-1766
Ken Calvert
CA @KenCalvert (202) 225-1986
David Valadao
CA @RepDavidValadao (202) 225-4695
Barbara Lee
CA @RepBarbaraLee (202) 225-2661
Rosa L. DeLauro
CT @rosadelauro (202) 225-3661
Tom Rooney
FL @TomRooney (202) 225-5792
Mario Diaz-Balart
FL @MarioDB (202) 225-4211
Debbie Wasserman Schultz
FL @RepDWStweets (202) 225-7931
David Jolly
FL @USRepDavidJolly (202) 225-5961
Ander Crenshaw
FL @AnderCrenshaw (202) 225-2501
Tom Graves
GA @RepTomGraves (202) 225-5211
Sanford D. Bishop, Jr
GA @SanfordBishop (202) 225-3631
David Young
IA @RepDavidYoung (202) 225-5476
Michael Simpson
ID @CongMikeSimpson (202) 225-5531
Mike Quigley
IL @RepMikeQuigley (202) 225-4061
Peter J. Visclosky
IN @RepVisclosky (202) 225-2461
Kevin Yoder
KS @RepKevinYoder (202) 225-2865
Harold Rogers
KY @RepHalRogers (202) 225-4601
C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger
MD @Call_Me_Dutch (202) 225-3061
Andy Harris
MD @RepAndyHarrisMD (202) 225-5311
Chellie Pingree
ME @chelliepingree (202) 225-6116
Betty McCollum
MN @BettyMcCollum04 (202) 225-6631
Steven Palazzo
MS @CongPalazzo (202) 225-5772
David E. Price
NC @RepDavidEPrice (202) 225-1784
Jeff Fortenberry
NE @JeffFortenberry (202) 225-3271
Rodney P. Frelinghuysen
NJ @USRepRodney (202) 225-5034
Mark Amodei
NV @MarkAmodeiNV2 (202) 225-6155
Steve Israel
NY @RepSteveIsrael (202) 225-3335
Nita M. Lowey
NY @NitaLowey (202) 225-6506
José E. Serrano
NY @RepJoseSerrano (202) 225-4361
Tim Ryan
OH @RepTimRyan (202) 225-5261
Marcy Kaptur
OH @RepMarcyKaptur (202) 225-4146
David Joyce
OH @RepDaveJoyce (202) 225-5731
Tom Cole
OK @TomColeOK04 (202) 225-6165
Charles W. Dent
PA @RepCharlieDent (202) 225-6411
Chaka Fattah
PA @chakafattah (202) 225-4001
Chuck Fleischmann
TN @RepChuck (202) 225-3271
Kay Granger
TX @RepKayGranger (202) 225-5071
John R. Carter
TX @JudgeCarter (202) 225-3864
John Culberson
TX @johnculberson (202) 225-2571
Henry Cuellar
TX @RepCuellar (202) 225-1640
Chris Stewart
UT @RepChrisStewart (202) 225-9730
Scott Rigell
VA @RepScottRigell (202) 225-4215
Jaime Herrera Beutler
WA @HerreraBeutler (202) 225-3484
Derek Kilmer
WA @RepDerekKilmer (202) 225-5916
Evan Jenkins
WV @RepEvanJenkins (202) 225-3452