Advocacy Letters to Congress, the Administration, or other Leaders

AACTE has endorsed the following letters to Congress or the Administration to augment the voice of the educator preparation community on key issues or actions connected to the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • AACTE joins The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights in call for the full inclusion of transgender students in educational opportunities, including extracurricular activities such as athletics. Read the letter.
  • AACTE joins members of Advocates for Literacy, in a letter to the US Department of Education to urge the importance of leveraging funds from the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act to address the ongoing literacy crisis. Read the letter.
  • AACTE Supports Statement on Voting Rights by Higher Education Organizations. Read the letter.
  • AACTE supports letter to Secretary Cardona urging debt relief for millions of public service workers and student loan borrowers. Read the letter.
  • AACTE signs letter supporting the increase of funding for the Department of Education Office of Civil Rights. Read the letter.
  • AACTE signs letter urging Congress to double the maximum Pell Grant. Read the Letter.
  • AACTE signs letter to urge Congress to double the funding for the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) to $260 million. Read the letter.
  • AACTE signs letter asking President Biden to highlight the critical role that learning in the STEM subjects plays in advancing our country’s technological leadership and economic future. Read the letter.
  • AACTE signs letter in support of The Dream Act to allow some undocumented young people, who have already invested in our country and in whom the country has already invested, to earn lawful permanent residence in the United States, and ultimately a path to full citizenship. Read the letter.
  • AACTE joined 109 organizations in a letter in support of the confirmation of Miguel Cardona to be the next U.S. Secretary of Education. Read the letter.
  • AACTE signed a coalition letter expressing enthusiastic endorsement of the budget reconciliation language providing $350 billion in flexible aid for our states, cities, counties, tribes, and territories. Read the letter.
  • AACTE joins a coalition of signers urging Congress to provide EIS supplemental funding in the next COVID relief package targeted to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. Read the letter.
  • AACTE joins letter supporting school counselors during National School Counseling Week. Read the letter.
  • AACTE joins ACE and other education coalition members in a letter to President Biden supporting his administration’s COVID-19 response efforts. Read the letter.
  • AACTE joins letter asking that Dreamers and International Students be made eligible for emergency student funds under HEERF II.  Read the letter.
  • AACTE joins Americans for Financial Reform and over 300 other advocacy associations in a letter to President-Elect Biden requesting that, on the first day of his administration, he issue an Executive Order canceling federal student debt. Read the letter.
  • AACTE signs letter to Congressional leadership expressing grave concerns about U.S. Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene (GA-14) being seated on the House Education and Labor Committee.  Read the Letter.
  • AACTE joins ACE and other education coalition members in a letter to President Biden supporting his administration’s COVID-19 response efforts.  Read the Letter.
  • AACTE joined like-minded institutions in urging Congress and the Administration to finalize negotiations as quickly as possible on a supplemental spending bill to provide at least $120 billion to students and higher education institutions.  Read the Letter.
  • AACTE joined with the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights in opposing the U.S. Department of Education’s (Department) interim final rule on CARES Act. Read the Letter.
  • AACTE supports letter to Congress urging the extension and expansion of the loan relief provisions provided in the CARES Act. Read the Letter.
  • AACTE joined a coalition of higher education associations in a letter to DHS seeking clarity regarding the status of incoming international students. Read the Letter.
  • AACTE joined a collation of signers expressing strong support for S. 4100, Supporting Children with Disabilities During COVID-19 Act, introduced by Senators Chris Murphy (D-CT), Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Chris Van Hollen (D-MD). Read the Letter.
  • The Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) Education Task Force writes to urge Senate leaders to prioritize and address the needs of children with disabilities, their families, and educators as they work to finalize the next emergency relief bill in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Read the Letter.
  • This letter urges the Senate to take strong, comprehensive action to address the health and economic consequences of the once-again growing COVID-19 crisis. Read the Letter.
  • AACTE joined with the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, in opposition to the U.S. Department of Education’s interim final rule on the Eligibility of Students at Institutions of Higher Education for Funds Under the CARES Act. Read the Letter.
  • AACTE supports enactment into law language to authorize $100 billion for long-standing school infrastructure needs. Read the Letter.
  • AACTE supports letter urging Congress to fund The Supporting Effective Instruction State Grants Program, or Title II-A of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), at $2.6 billion for FY 2021. Read the Letter.
  • The National Council of Asian Pacific Americans organized a letter to the leadership of the U.S. Congress to encourage them to work together to provide relief to all the communities that have been most impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and in support of the HEROES/HEALS Act.  Read the Letter.
  • The American Council on Education led a letter to the Administration on delaying the release and implementation of the Title IX regulations until after the COVID-19 crisis. Read the Letter
  • The National Women’s Law Center led a letter to the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Office of Management and Budget on suspending the rulemaking process for Title IX and other regulations. Read the Letter
  • The American Council on Education led letters to the U.S. House of Representative and the U.S. Senate with requests for the third COVID-19 supplemental bill, now known as the CARES Act. Read the Letter to the House  | Read the Letter to the Senate 
  • AACTE, Higher Education Consortium for Special Education, and the Teacher Education Division of the Council for Exceptional Children led a memo for education relief requests to Capitol Hill staff. Read the Letter 
  • The Alliance for Excellent Education, in conjunction with other stakeholders, led a letter to the Federal Communications Commission to expand funding for home internet access through its E-rate program to support student learning. Read the Letter 
  • The American Council for Education led a letter to U.S. Department of Education Secretary DeVos on the necessity of rapidly deploying the emergency economic relief funds for higher education found in the CARES Act. Read the Letter
  • The American Council for Education led a letter to the governors of each state requesting urgent action in providing reciprocity in licensing of health care and mental health care professionals to enable them to practice across state lines during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read the Letter
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