Category Archives: U.S. Congress

Ask Your Senators To Sign Dear Colleague Letter for Javits!

Please write to your Senators asking them to sign on to a Dear Colleague letter being circulated by Senators Grassley and Casey in support of increased appropriations for Javits Gifted and Talented Students Education Act. As the sole federal initiative … Continue reading

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FIES Hill Briefing on Special Education Transition

CEC is collaborating with the Friends of the Institute of Education Services (FIES) and in cooperation with Honorary Co-Chair, Senator Lamar Alexander, Representative Suzanne Bonamici, and Representative Michael Honda to sponsor a congressional hill briefing on transition issues in special … Continue reading

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660 Organizations Call on Congress for Higher Allocations

The Committee for Education Funding, the Coalition for Health Funding, and Campaign to Invest in America’s Workforce call for a higher allocation for the Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Subcommittee. The letter, signed by more than 660 … Continue reading

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2017 Budget Features $1B Investment in Retaining Teachers

President Obama's proposed 2017 budget includes a $1 billion commitment — called RESPECT: Best Job in the World – to attract and retain effective educators in high-need schools through advancement opportunities, teacher-led development, improved working conditions and compensation. It also dedicates $10 million … Continue reading

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How Do Employers Regard the Value of Career and Technical Education?

On February 10th, employer panelists from five corporate perspectives, small business to multi-national, briefed congressional staff on how they are connecting with workforce training and CTE programs in their community.  The briefing, co-sponsored by the Senate Career and Technical Education … Continue reading

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Obama Proposes Final White House Budget

On Tuesday, the President released his $4.1 trillion spending plan for FY 2017 that includes key investments in increasing equity and excellence, providing support for teachers and school leaders and expanding access, affordability, and completion in higher education. The budget … Continue reading

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Tell Congress to Increase Funding for Education!

The 302(b) allocation is the amount of funding the House and Senate Appropriations Committees provide to the subcommittees. The subcommittees then divvy up the funding between the agencies and programs within their respective jurisdictions. Each year, the Committee on Education … Continue reading

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FY 2016 Budget Omnibus: Increases for Special and Gifted Education!

The FY 2016 Budget Omnibus was passed by Congress in December 2015 right before the congressional recess. CEC’s Advocacy voice was heard! While most education programs were frozen at FY 15 amounts, both special and gifted education were slated for … Continue reading

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FY 2016 Omnibus: Increases Proposed for Special and Gifted Education!

The final text of the FY 2016 Omnibus was filed by Congress early this morning. Another short – term continuing resolution will likely be voted on by Congress in the next couple of days followed by the FY 2016 Omnibus. … Continue reading

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Want to Know More About ESSA?

As you may know, last week Congress passed and the President signed into law the Every Student Success Act, (ESSA) the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). It will be important for professionals in the field to … Continue reading

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