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Two-Year Budget Bill is a Step in the Right Direction

Feb 09, 2018

learning-forward-logo-emailFor Learning Forward:
Tracy Crow

Two-Year Budget Bill is a Step in the Right Direction

Dallas, Texas – February 9, 2018

Stephanie Hirsh, executive director of Learning Forward, issued the following statement about the two-year budget bill passed by both the Senate and House of Representatives:


“We commend the House and the Senate for approving legislation that raises spending caps for the next two years. This bipartisan deal, forged in the Senate, brings us a giant step closer to ensuring that adequate and much needed education funds will be available to support our nation’s educators in meeting the needs of children across the country.  


“After President Trump signs this bill, though, Congress’s work is not finished. It must use the budget authority granted by this bill to fully fund Title IIA of the Every Student Succeeds Act, which provides critical resources to states and school districts to help them improve teaching and learning for students. If Congress fails to fully fund Title IIA in FY18 or FY19, today’s victory will ring hollow.


“Learning Forward is proud of our members and allies for standing with us in this protracted budget and appropriations fight. Their repeated efforts to make the case for raising the spending caps and investing in hard-working educators by funding Title IIA is a big part of the reason for today’s success. But the funding fight is not over and we must all continue our advocacy efforts to the end of this funding process and beyond.”


To speak with Stephanie Hirsh, call 972-421-0900 or email


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