Members of the Historical Community,

AASLH and the National Coalition for History rarely raise legislative alerts like this one. But we need your help today to urge Congress to restore funding for history & civics in the ESEA Bill.

On Wednesday, December 2, the U.S. House of Representatives is scheduled to consider the conference report to S. 1177, the “Every Student Succeeds Act.” The bill reauthorizes the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) for the next four years and replaces the No Child Left Behind Act.  Most important, it restores federal funding for K-12 history and civics education that was eliminated when the Teaching American History grants program was defunded five years ago. The legislation includes multiple sources of funding to support improved instruction in history and civics.

Please contact your Representative and urge her or him to support the conference report that includes key provisions that benefit history and civics education. Here is the link to send an email directly to your House member:

For more information, visit the National Coalition for History’s website.

Thank You,

John Dichtl
President & CEO
American Association for State and Local History