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Jon Bernstein

Bernstein Strategy Group’s Founder and President, has over 25 years of experience in education, technology, privacy, appropriations, and telecommunications policy. Jon began his Washington, DC tenure in 1994 as a Legislative Fellow for Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA). He later became legislative counsel for The Lightspan Partnership, an educational software company. In 1997, Jon moved on to lobby for the National Education Association, leaving there in 1999 to commence work for the Federal Communications Commission. He departed the Commission in 2001 to begin work in private practice and launched BSG in 2005. Today, Jon works closely with many of the major K-12 education associations as co-chair of both the Education and Libraries Networks Coalition and the Homework Gap Big Tent Coalition and as Executive Director of the National Coalition for Technology in Education and Training. He also helps lead the Principals Group, which focuses on professional development funding and related issues. He received his BA from Colgate University and his JD from the Northwestern University Law School.

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Three things happening on Capitol Hill

By Jon Bernstein | May 11, 2022

Congress is back in session and is commencing a three-month run until the August recess during which it will attempt to make significant progress on federal education funding, a China competition bill, and perhaps budget reconciliation legislation that may contain childcare funding. Meanwhile, the FCC will close its third and likely final application window for […]

President’s budget jumpstarts FY23 education funding process

By Jon Bernstein | April 12, 2022

On March 28, President Biden released his FY23 proposed federal budget, and the news was decidedly mixed for education, with Title II-A sustaining a net cut of $21 million. Muddying the waters on funding levels is the fact that the FY23 budget figures are based on FY21 funding levels, not on the recently completed FY22 […]

President Biden introduces proposed FY23 budget

By Jon Bernstein | March 30, 2022

Emphasis on recruitment & retention would improve support to teachers On March 28, President Biden released his fiscal year 2023 proposed federal budget, including a nearly $12.4 billion proposed increase over 2022 for the U.S. Department of Education. However, this may not be a final document. Despite the document’s delay by several weeks, all of […]

Appropriations Bill released — Title II-A receives $27 M increase

By Jon Bernstein | March 9, 2022

On Tuesday, March 8, Congress released its final FY22 Omnibus Appropriations Bill. Owing to scheduling difficulties and complicated negotiations over providing additional COVID relief and emergency funding to Ukraine, Congress will pass one more Continuing Resolution (CR) to keep the federal government operating through March 15 to buy a few more days to pass this […]

Data storytelling for professional learning advocacy

By Jon Bernstein, Robyn Sullivan-Jackson and Larissa McCoy Mitti | February 17, 2022

This webinar will focus on strategies that will help you in planning, preparing, and sharing data that tell compelling stories and move people to action.

The heat is on for Congressional negotiators

By Jon Bernstein | February 9, 2022

With less than two weeks left before the current Continuing Resolution (CR) expires, the heat is on for Congressional negotiators to craft a deal to keep the government operating beyond February 18 and fund all federal programs for the remainder of the fiscal year 2022. Congress will move a three-week extension of the current CR, […]