Yearly Budget Authority funding levels between Fiscal Year (FY) 2002 and FY 2015

December 15, 2014  |  No Comments  |  by Broddy  |  Uncategorized

The following charts provide yearly Budget Authority funding levels between Fiscal Year (FY) 2002 and FY 2015 for the U.S. Department of Education discretionary funded programs and Head Start in the Department of Health and Human Services.

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See an example of what you can expect within:

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Items of note:

The final FY 13 levels reflect an across-the-board cut of 0.2% from the levels set in the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act. These levels were then reduced by the 5.0% sequester cuts. The final FY 13 levels generally represent a cut of 5.23% below FY 12 (except for programs such as Head Start which received a specific pre-sequester increase in the FY 13 CR).

Under sequestration, FY 13 total discretionary funding for the Department of Education (excluding Pell grants) was at its lowest level since FY 2004.

The FY 2014 omnibus appropriations bill only partially restored the sequester cuts, leaving total discretionary funding for the Department of Education (excluding Pell grants) below the FY 2006 level.

The FY 2015 CRomnibus increased total discretionary funding for the Department of Education (excluding Pell grants) by $137 million, but that still leaves that level below FY 2006.

 

FY 15 Labor-HHS-ED CRomnibus Senate

December 15, 2014  |  No Comments  |  by Broddy  |  Uncategorized

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December 12, 2014

Dear Senator:

The Committee for Education Funding (CEF), a coalition of 115 national education associations and institutions representing early learning to postgraduate education, is writing to express views on H.R. 83, the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015.

This bill makes clear the critical need to raise the sequester cap for nondefense discretionary (NDD) spending.  The Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 NDD cap froze aggregate funding at last year’s level.  Since the FY 2016 cap is essentially a freeze at this year’s level, it will continue to make it extremely difficult for Congress to provide needed investments in education that will help our country prosper.

While we recognize the very difficult funding constraints the Appropriations Committee was operating under, we are deeply disappointed that the bill cuts aggregate discretionary funding for the Department of Education (ED) by $166 million. Excluding Pell grants, discretionary spending is increased by only 0.3 percent. Indeed, Fiscal Year 2015 ED discretionary spending would be almost $1 billion below the pre-sequester level.

While we appreciate the modest increases provided for such programs as Title I, Striving Readers, IDEA Part B State Grants, English Language Acquisition grants, Federal Work-study, Developing Institutions, and TRIO, many education programs will still be below their pre-sequester levels. Most other programs are frozen, with a few, such as School leadership and the High School Graduation Initiative, subject to additional cuts.

Education funding, though only 2 percent of the federal budget, has been a target of deep cuts since January 2011.  On the discretionary side of the budget, funding for programs exclusive of Pell grants was cut by a total of $3.714 billion between FY 2010 and FY 2013. Included among those cuts was the elimination of more than 50 education programs.

While the FY 2014 Consolidated Appropriations Act was a positive step forward in undoing the majority of the FY 2013 sequester cuts, it only restored two-thirds of the cuts in the Department of Education. Indeed, several important programs, including School Improvement Grants, Rural education, Promise Neighborhoods, elementary and secondary school counseling, Indian Education, Teacher Quality Partnerships, Magnet Schools Assistance, IDEA Preschool grants, Graduate assistance, research, development, and dissemination, and the Regional Educational Laboratories will remain frozen at their sequester cut level for the third year.

However, the alternative to passing this bill will be a three-month Continuing Resolution for the Department of Education and the rest of the government.  That would create continued uncertainty for states, schools, students and colleges. This is particularly the case for current-year funded programs like Impact Aid and Head Start. In addition, delaying decisions on final FY 2015 appropriations until March 2015 may well result in additional reductions in funding for education programs. Thus, we recommend that you vote for passage of the bill and on related procedural motions to advance its passage.

When our students succeed, our nation succeeds.

Sincerely,

Kimberly Jones                                   Joel Packer

President                                             Executive Director

 

FY 15 Labor-HHS-ED CRomnibus

December 11, 2014  |  No Comments  |  by Broddy  |  Letters to Congress

Dear Representative:

The Committee for Education Funding (CEF), a coalition of 115 national education associations and institutions representing early learning to postgraduate education, is writing to express views on H.R. 83, the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015.

This bill makes clear the critical need to raise the sequester cap for nondefense discretionary (NDD) spending. The Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 NDD cap froze aggregate funding at last year’s level. Since the FY 2016 cap is essentially a freeze at this year’s level, it will continue to make it extremely difficult for Congress to provide needed investments in education that will help our country prosper.

While we recognize the very difficult funding constraints the Appropriations Committee was operating under, we are deeply disappointed that the bill cuts aggregate discretionary funding for the Department of Education (ED) by $166 million. Excluding Pell grants, discretionary spending is increased by only 0.3 percent. Indeed, Fiscal Year 2015 ED discretionary spending would be almost $1 billion below the pre-sequester level.

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FY 2015 Education funding table with omnibus

December 11, 2014  |  No Comments  |  by Broddy  |  Charts and Factsheets

CEF has created a table on education and related programs funding levels in the omnibus.

It highlights the Fiscal Year 2015 Discretionary Funding for Selected Department of Education and Related Programs.

Download the full document, here: FY 2015 Education funding table with omnibus (2)

Page 1 is provided below, for an example of what you can expect in the full document.

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FY 2015 Omnibus

November 3, 2014  |  No Comments  |  by Broddy  |  Letters to Congress

November 3, 2014

[Chairs and Ranking Members listed in the full PDF]

 

Dear Chairs and Ranking Members:

The Committee for Education Funding (CEF), a coalition of 115 national education associations and institutions representing early learning to postgraduate education, urges you to finalize an omnibus appropriations bill for Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 that provides needed investments in education. An omnibus bill would reflect the important work done by your committees and honor the bipartisan budget agreement reached by the two chambers in 2013. A long term Continuing Resolution (CR) would abdicate Congress’s responsibility to make program-by-program funding decisions and provide necessary guidance to the Administration in implementing programs in FY 2015. In addition, a long-term CR would deny children, students, schools and colleges the opportunity to benefit from the kind of targeted funding increases contained in the bill approved by the Senate Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations Subcommittee or proposed in the Labor-HHS-Education bill released by Representative Rosa DeLauro.

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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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