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US federal budget in motion

By Melinda George | August 26, 2021

The $3.5 trillion Budget Reconciliation Act, which may contain hundreds of billions of dollars for Biden Administration priorities like free community college, free pre-K, and teacher preparation programs, is beginning to move more quickly down the path to enactment. This week, the full House of Representatives approved a Budget Reconciliation bill that establishes the topline […]

September advocacy campaign coming soon!

By Melinda George | August 11, 2021

In late July, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill that included Fiscal Year 2022 funding for all federal education programs. Under that bill, U.S. Department of Education programs would receive an increase of 41%, including a $2.3 billion allocation for Title IIA, a $150 million increase over last year’s appropriation. Before this bill […]

Learning Forward affirms the importance of educators learning about race

By Learning Forward | August 10, 2021

Each student has the right to experience rigorous and relevant teaching and learning in school. High-quality professional learning for educators is the pathway to create such a reality for students. Learning Forward opposes any effort or policy that impedes educators’ capacity to serve each student equitably, including efforts to limit educators’ and students’ learning about […]

House FY22 appropriations action update

By Jon Bernstein | July 13, 2021

On Monday, July 12, 2021, the House Labor Health Human Services (HHS) and Education Appropriations Subcommittee approved by voice vote a FY22 spending bill that would increase Department of Education funding by 41%, and by and large, would make the same major investments in Title I, IDEA, and mental health that President Biden sought in […]

Update from Capitol Hill: Education Secretary Miguel Cardona advocates in the Senate for big education increase

By Jon Bernstein | June 23, 2021

Last week, Education Secretary Miguel Cardona went up to Capitol Hill to advocate for the President’s Proposed FY22 Education Budget and faced questions from the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee that focused mainly on higher education funding and issues related to student loans. Republican Senators pushed back on overall spending levels and the concept of free community […]

FY22 Appropriations process underway

By Melinda George | May 11, 2021

On May 5, the House Labor HHS Education Appropriations Subcommittee launched the FY 2022 appropriations process with a hearing to hear from US Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona about President Biden’s proposed FY22 budget for the Department of Education. The hearing occurred even though the Department has only publicly released a few top-line FY22 education […]

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