Advocacy

Important ESSA Information:

The bipartisan Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) includes a flexible block grant program under Title IV, Part A "Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grants." This block grant program authorizes activities in three broad areas including providing students with a well-rounded education*, supporting safe and healthy students, and supporting the effective use of technology. Alabama's plan specifies funds may be used for "Implementing programs that support a healthy, active lifestyle (nutritional and physical education)."

Title IV, Part A was funded at $1.1 billion for the 2018-2019 school year; Alabama's estimated share is $16,544,000 giving school districts access to significant funding to support these program areas, which include health education and physical education!

Steps to Making your Funding Request:

  1. Find out how much Title IV, Part A funding will be available for your school district using SHAPE America's online request form.
  2. Plan your request using SHAPE America's ESSA Brainstorming Worksheet to help you craft the right messages that will resonate with school administrators.
  3. Complete the template letter provided, to make your request.

For more information, please download SHAPE America's ESSA Title IV, Part A fact sheet and listen to the Seizing ESSA’s New $1.1 Billion Opportunity webinar.

*Well-rounded education- Subjects identified as part of a well-rounded education include: English, reading or language arts, writing, science, technology, engineering, mathematics, foreign languages, civics and government, economics, arts, history, geography, computer science, music, career and technical education, health and physical education. These subjects are eligible for uses of Title I, Title II, and Title IV funds.