Some questions:

How much does the House Approps Committee bill increase education funding? Will it last?

The Committee took on hot topics of guns in schools and charter sector mismanagement. Will it make a difference?
Where does the high-water mark bill go from here?

Washington Update, May 10, 2019


Dear Colleagues:

I'm downright excited to have some GREAT news to report from Washington! Some of our leaders want to increase the federal INVESTMENT in public education! Hallelujah.

1. House Moves Expansive Education Funding Bill through 8 Hour Marathon Mark up

This week Chair of the House Subcommittee on Labor/HHS/Education Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) successfully moved her spending bill out of the full Appropriations Committee. The bill retains its overall 6% increase for education from last fiscal year, bringing the Department of Education to $75.9 Billion, and features significant increases for key education programs.

The bill was voted out of Committee on a partisan basis (30-23) with all Democrats supporting it and all Republicans opposing it. The all-day markup featured multiple partisan clashes over long standing partisan issued including abortion, fetal tissue research and Obamacare. An additional $103 million in education funding was added to the bill -- for Career and Technical Education, magnet schools, preschool and an open textbook pilot.

Funding levels for key programs of interest to educators include:

Program FY 2019 Current level FY 2020 President's Proposal FY 2020 House Appropriations Committee Bill
Title I ESSA $15.86B $15.86B $16.86B
Title II ESSA $2.056B $0 $2.556B
IDEA Part B $12.364B $12.364B $13.364B
IDEA Personnel Preparation $87M $87M $98M
HEA Teacher Quality Partnership Grants $43M 0 $53M
HEA Program for students with Intellectual Disabilities $11.8M $11.8M $11.8M
Office of Civil Rights $125M $125M $130M
Special Education Research - IES $56M $54M $61M
IES Total $615M $522M $650M

Ranking member of the Labor/HHS/Education Appropriations Subcommittee Tom Cole (R-OK) noted his skepticism about the bill ever becoming law as the substantial increases in funding would be vetoed by the President, result in a continuing resolution or another government shutdown.

The next step for the bill is consideration on the floor of the House. The Senate has not yet begun its consideration of the Labor/HHS/Education funding bill for FY 2020. That process is expected to begin in the coming weeks.


Committee draft report with funding tables:

2. House Labor/HHS/Education Appropriations Bill Takes on School Safety, Charters and Higher Education Issues

The draft Committee report for the Labor/HHS/Education funding bill marked up in Committee this week includes a number of provisions related to hot topics in education.

School Safety:

Charter Schools:

Higher Education:

That's it for this week! Wishing you a great spring weekend!

See you on @janewestdc


Jane E. West Ph.D.
Education Policy Consultant
Cell: 202.812.9096
Twitter: @janewestdc

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