If you have been watching the news lately, you know that there is a lot happening – or not happening – on Capitol Hill. There are several big things that are being debated. These include:

  • House and Senate working together to pass a continuing resolution (CR) to temporarily fund the government and avoid a government shutdown (deadline September 30);
  • House passing the $1.2 trillion, largely-bipartisan infrastructure bill that has already passed the Senate (vote expected September 30);
  • House and Senate passing the $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation package that would include funding for universal pre-K, free community college and other education priorities for the Biden Administration (no vote currently scheduled);
  • House and Senate passing a bill to eliminate the debt ceiling, ensuring that the United States won’t default on its loans (deadline October 18); and
  • Senate moving forward with the fiscal year 2022 annual appropriations process, including the appropriations bill that funds education and Title IIA (won’t likely begin until much later in the fall as the continuing resolution is in place).

Learning Forward looks forward to keeping you apprised of progress, negotiations and road blocks for all of these legislative activities. Check back to this website for regular updates.

In addition, while Congress is hashing out these many priorities, Learning Forward will be providing tools and resources for every Learning Forward stakeholder to build a data case and advocacy plan for Title IIA. More information coming soon!

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Melinda George
(melinda.george@learningforward.
org) is chief policy officer at Learning
Forward.