Sending Office: Honorable Kathleen M. Rice
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FY20 Programmatic Request

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Dear Colleague,

Please join us in writing to Chairwoman DeLauro and Ranking Member Cole of the LHHS Appropriations Subcommittee in support of robust funding for the Supporting Effective Educator Development (SEED) program in Fiscal Year 2020 appropriations. 

SEED, which is a competitive grant authorized in The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), is one of the only programs that provides support to national non-profits and institutions of higher education to recruit and provide professional development
to teachers and principals. In previous fiscal years, SEED funding has been used to enhance preparation of pre-service teachers, provide professional development to in-service teachers and leaders, and disseminate best practices to high-needs schools.  In
FY16, this program was funded at $94 million.

SEED grants can only support projects that have evidence of effectiveness—so we know tax dollars are invested in things that work. The program requires grantees to use part of the awarded funds for a rigorous, independent evaluation which contributes to
building the evidence base of what works in teacher quality. This will help inform school districts and states on how to invest their formula funds and broaden the field’s understanding of how to improve teacher quality so all students have access to high-quality
education. This program benefits hundreds of thousands of teachers and millions of students in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

I hope you can join me in supporting continued funding for this program in FY20. If you have any question, please contact Michael Demakos in Rep. Rice’s office at or Joseph Knowles with Rep. Fitzpatrick at

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Kathleen M. Rice                                            Brian K. Fitzpatrick

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