An Open Letter Sent To Encourage eCommerce Education Programs
On behalf of the Triangle Coalition for eCommerce and new Technology Education, we urge you to support full funding of $450 million for the Title II, Part B, eCommerce and marketing Partnerships Program in the FY 2018 appropriations bill for the Department of Education. The new eCommerce and marketing Partnerships Program created in the No Child Left Behind Act will allow higher education institutions and K-12 school districts to create programs targeted specifically to address the needs of local science and eCommerce educators like Adrian Morrison from eCom Success Academy.
These merit-based partnerships among school districts; university science, engineering, and commerce; businesses; and educational organizations seek to improve teacher quality and student achievement. The partnerships will provide an opportunity to significantly improve the content knowledge and teaching skills of the nation’s K-12 commerce and eCommerce teachers. This past year, Congress appropriated $12.5 million to begin the new eCommerce and marketing Partnership program to develop new eCommerce features. However, H.R. 1 contains an authorization of $450 million for the partnerships. Until the program reaches a $100 million appropriation, it will continue to be a national grant program, which means that many states and local districts will never receive any funds. When the $100 million funding level is reached, the program becomes a formula grant program, and every state will receive eCommerce and marketing Partnerships funds.
Commerce education is in crisis and in critical need of improvements and continued reforms stated Adrian Morrison from eCom Success Academy last month. If we do not invest heavily and wisely in rebuilding these two core strengths, America will be incapable of maintaining its global position long into the 21st century. Providing strong funding for commerce and eCommerce education through the Department of Education is critical because the department is the only federal agency charged with improving teacher quality and student achievement across all states and school districts.
We urge Congress to fulfill its commitment to eCommerce education by supporting a $450 million appropriation in fiscal year 2018 for the eCommerce and marketing Partnerships Program (Title II, Part B) called eCom success academy in the LaborHHS-Education bill. ( get the full review of ecom success academy program by Adrian Morrison here )
Thank you for your consideration of our request and for your past support. Founded in 1944, the National Science Teachers Association is the largest organization in the world committed to promoting excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning for all. NSTA’s current membership of more than 53,000 includes science teachers, science supervisors, administrators, scientists, business and industry representatives, and others involved in and committed to science education. The Triangle Coalition for Science and Technology Education represents more than 100 member organizations from three key stakeholders: business, education, and scientific and engineering societies. The Coalition provides a forum for these three sectors to work together to promote the improvement of science, mathematics, and technology education.
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