Education Seeds The Economy

May 21, 2014  |  No Comments  |  by Broddy  |  CEF Issues

The Committee for Education Funding (CEF), a coalition of 114 national and state education associations and institutions from preschool to postgraduate education, urges Congress to prioritize investments in education as a proven strategy to increase jobs and improve our nation’s economic growth and competitiveness.

However, the current caps on non-defense discretionary spending will continue to squeeze and cut education funding. Congress must replace the sequester caps with a balanced package of deficit reduction.

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Education Budget Cuts since 2010

April 8, 2014  |  No Comments  |  by Broddy  |  CEF Issues

Since 2010, federal education programs have been subject to multiple waves of cuts totaling almost $40 billion.

Discretionary Cuts

On the discretionary side of the budget, funding for programs exclusive of Pell grants were cut by a total of $3.714 billion between FY 2010 and FY 2013 as follows:

  • Fiscal Year 2011 = $-1.25 billion
  • Fiscal Year 2012 = $-101 million
  • Fiscal Year 2013 = $-2.362 billion

Included among those cuts was the elimination for more than 50 education programs (see list at the end).

While the FY 2014 Consolidated Appropriations Act restored many for the sequester cuts, non-Pell grant funding in the Department of Education is still below the FY 2008 level.

 Student Aid Cuts

In addition to these discretionary cuts, the Pell Grant program, which was exempt from the sequester cuts in Fiscal Year 2013, and student loans were subject to a series of restrictions and limitations on eligibility and reductions in a variety of benefits. In total, students have lost more than $35 billion from these cuts:

  • Elimination of the in-school interest subsidy for graduate student loans;
  • Elimination of the interest subsidy for the six-month grace period for undergraduate subsidized Stafford loans;

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Dear Representative

April 8, 2014  |  No Comments  |  by Broddy  |  Letters to Congress

April 8, 2014

Dear Representative:
The Committee for Education Funding (CEF), a coalition of 114 national education associations and institutions representing early learning to postgraduate education, writes to express our strong opposition to H. Con. Res. 96, the Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 Budget Resolution as reported by the Budget Committee.

This budget would devastate funding for education and make college less affordable by more than doubling the level of cuts required by the sequester starting in FY 2016, freezing the maximum Pell grant for ten years, eliminating over $90 billion in mandatory funding for Pell grants (which will almost certainly result in a substantial cut to the maximum award), increasing student indebtedness by $47 billion by eliminating the in-school interest subsidy for subsidized student loans and restricting income-based repayment, and narrowing eligibility for need-based student aid. It also eliminates all funding for public and school libraries, museums and the Corporation for National and Community Service.

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Dear Budget Committee Member

April 8, 2014  |  No Comments  |  by Broddy  |  Letters to Congress, Uncategorized

April 1, 2014

Dear Budget Committee Member:

The Committee for Education Funding (CEF), a coalition of 114 national education associations and institutions representing early learning to postgraduate education, writes to express our strong opposition to the Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 Budget Resolution as introduced by Chairman Ryan.

This budget would devastate funding for education and make college less affordable by more than doubling the level of cuts required by the sequester starting in FY 2016, freezing the maximum Pell grant for ten years, eliminating almost $100 billion in mandatory funding for Pell grants (which will almost certainly result in a substantial cut to the maximum award), increasing student indebtedness by eliminating the in-school interest subsidy for subsidized student loans, and narrowing eligibility for need-based student aid. It also eliminates all funding for public and school libraries, museums and the Corporation for National and Community Service.

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ED Non-Pell Discretionay Funding (charts)

January 6, 2014  |  No Comments  |  by Broddy  |  CEF in the News

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FY 2014 Omnibus

January 6, 2014  |  No Comments  |  by Broddy  |  CEF in the News

December 23, 2013

The Honorable Tom Harkin
Chairman, Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services,
Education, and Related Agencies
132 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510

The Honorable Jerry Moran
Ranking Member
Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services,
Education, and Related Agencies
156 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510

The Honorable Jack Kingston
Chairman
House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education,
and Related Agencies
2358 Rayburn Office Building
Washington, DC 2 0515

The Honorable Rosa DeLauro
Ranking Member
House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education,
and Related Agencies
1101 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

Dear Chairman Harkin, Chairman Kingston, Ranking Member Moran and Ranking Member DeLauro:

The Committee for Education Funding (CEF), a coalition of 113 national education associations and institutions representing preschool to postgraduate education, urges you to restore the harmful sequester cuts to education and related programs. Where possible, additional investments to meet unmet needs in many of these programs should also be provide

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Dear Representative

December 11, 2013  |  No Comments  |  by Broddy  |  Letters to Congress

December 11, 2013

The Committee for Education Funding (CEF), a coalition of 111 national education associations and institutions representing preschool to postgraduate education, is writing to express our support for the Senate Amendment (the Bipartisan Budget Act (BBA) of 2013) to H.J. Res. 59.

 While the BBA is not ideal since it fails to fully replace the remaining eight years of sequester cuts to education and other nondefense discretionary (NDD) programs and only partially replaces the sequester cuts for Fiscal Years 2014 and 2015, it is a positive step in the right direction.

After three years of budget cuts that moved our nation backward on efforts to improve overall student achievement, close achievement gaps, and increase high school graduation and college access and completion rates, the BBA turns a corner by providing the Appropriations Committee with an allocation sufficient to  restore the overwhelming majority of the cuts in Fiscal Year 2014.

Education programs (exclusive of Pell grants) have already been cut multiple times in the past two and a half years, including $1.5 billion in combined cuts from the FY 2011 CR and the FY 2012 omnibus.  In addition, cuts, restrictions and limitations on interest subsidies for federal student loans and curtailed eligibility for Pell grants resulted in college students contributing $5.6 billion out of their pockets to deficit reduction.

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STOP THE LARGEST EDUCATION FUNDING CUTS EVER!!

March 7, 2013  |  No Comments  |  by Broddy  |  Charts and Factsheets

 Unless Congress acts, on March 1, 2013 all federally-funded education programs (other than Pell grants which is exempt from the first year cut) will be subject to a 5 percent automatic across-the-board cut as part of an overall $85 billion sequestration spending cut.

 The last Congress enacted more than $2.5 trillion of deficit reduction. Counting interest savings, over $1.7 trillion was from discretionary spending cuts – about 70 percent – while only about $750 billion (counting interest savings) was from increased revenue.

 It is critical that plans to replace the sequester utilize a balanced approach, including revenues and mandatory spending cuts, that protect education and other nondefense discretionary (NDD) programs from further spending cuts.

These sequestration cuts would chop funding for programs in the Department of Education by $2.5 billion. In addition, Head Start would be cut by $398 million. This would be the largest cut EVER to education programs. Sequestration would move us backwards, by slashing Department of Education non-Pell grant discretionary funding below the Fiscal Year (FY) 2004 level.

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Senate Sequester Bills

March 7, 2013  |  No Comments  |  by Broddy  |  Letters to Congress

February 28, 2013

Dear Senator:

The Committee for Education Funding (CEF), a coalition of 106 national education associations and institutions from birth to postgraduate education, writes in support of S. 388, the American Family Economic Protection Act of 2013 and in opposition to S. 16, to provide flexibility to the Administration to determine where the sequester cuts occur.

CEF, our member organizations, educators, students, schools, colleges and libraries are strongly opposed to the harmful sequester cuts scheduled to take effect tomorrow. These sequestration cuts would chop funding for programs in the Department of Education by $2.5 billion. In addition, Head Start would be cut by $398 million. This would be the largest cut EVER to education programs. Sequestration would move us backwards, by slashing Department of Education non-Pell grant discretionary funding below the Fiscal Year (FY) 2004 level. Institutions of higher education will also be hit hard by cuts to vital research programs, including NIH (-$1.54 billion) and NSF (-$358 million).

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Letter to Representative Eric Cantor

November 13, 2012  |  No Comments  |  by Broddy  |  Letters to Congress

November 7, 2012

Dear Republican Colleague:

This election was filled with good news, and bad news. The good news is that the American people responded to two years of House Republican leadership by sending us back with a strong majority. It is clear that our efforts to improve the economy and create the conditions for job growth were well-received, and I congratulate you all for sharing that message and returning to Washington to finish the job. The bad news is that we did not get the partner in the White House that we desired. After an arduous campaign, it is disappointing, but there is still work to get done and we must achieve as many of our goals as possible working with President Obama. We now know the results of the election, but what are the results for the American people?

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