The Committee for Education Funding (CEF) comprises of 120 plus organizations dedicated to the goal of achieving adequate federal financial support for our nation’s schools and students at all levels. CEF is a voluntary, nonprofit, and nonpartisan coalition. CEF members include educational associations, institutions, agencies, and organizations whose interests range from preschool to postgraduate education in both public and private systems. The purpose of CEF is to provide members of the general public and government officials with the information enabling them to better assess the need for funding of federal education programs. CEF takes positions on federal education funding issues that represent a consensus of its membership and then communicates those positions to federal government officials and Members of Congress. The Committee for Education Funding maintains a full-time staff and is governed by the membership as a whole and a sixteen member Executive Committee, including three officers, selected from among the membership. CEF sends its members timely e-mail alerts and newsletters, holds weekly meetings of its membership for information exchange and policy discussions, and sponsors seminars on current funding issues. CEF provides information and assistance to Members of Congress and the Administration upon request. It also holds numerous briefings and policy meetings with Congressional staff and Administration officials during the year. At its annual Awards Gala, CEF honors outstanding advocates of federal education investment. As the largest coalition of education associations in existence, the Committee for Education Funding provides a strong and unified voice in support of federal education funding.
Become a member of CEF by downloading and completing the 2016 membership packet (PDF).
For more information about joining CEF, please contact Alex Hoffberg at Hoffberg@cef.org
At least weekly, CEF produces e-mail updates and alerts on budget and appropriations issues and information on the broad range of education policy that go to members only. Alerts contain updates and analyses on Administration and Congressional actions, suggested field action, concise message statements, model letters, funding charts, and meeting notices. In addition, CEF offers members access to its Hill Teams listserv where members exchange legislative insights and late breaking news. CEF also keeps members current on legislative issues that affect them, such as lobbying reform.
CEF membership is like having your own funding experts on staff. Our highly skilled staff concentrates exclusively on budget and appropriations issues for education. This gives our member organizations access to timely accurate information and effective funding strategies with a relatively low investment of their own staff time.
Strong Coalition Advocacy:
Membership with CEF offers organizations the opportunity to be actively involved in developing and implementing high profile strategy on education budget and appropriations issues. During weekly meetings, CEF members develop a consensus position for the education community and coordinate an action plan. Examples of that strategy include unified web-based grassroots efforts, press events, Hill rallies and briefings and CEF team visits to Members of Congress. CEF serves as the only united voice for the entire education community on issues affecting federal education funding.
CEF members actively participate in a number of CEF Committees; Advocacy, CEF Budget, Gala and Events, Hill Teams, Media and Communications, Membership and Bylaws, and Research.
CEF also co-chairs NDD United, a broad coalition of over 2,500 organizations working together to repeal the sequester and increase investments in nondefense discretionary programs.
The media, the Administration, Members of Congress and staff look to CEF as the experts on educational funding issues. They regard CEF as the prime source of the education community’s positions on education appropriations and budget issues.
Access to Key Congressional and Administration Staff:
Our weekly Friday membership meetings provide an unparalleled opportunity for CEF members to hear key staff from both the Administration and Congress. Our speakers provide CEF members with the latest news and insights into Congressional and Administration actions on education budget, appropriations and policy issues.
In addition to our weekly meetings when Congress is in session, CEF members have access to a number of special events each year – all without charge! In recent years we’ve hosted receptions for new members of Congress, a Congressional staff reception, our Budget/Appropriations 101 Workshop explaining the intricacies of the federal budget and appropriations processes, a briefing by former Congressional committee staff, a forum with education reporters, a session on the impact of the 2014 election on education featuring Congressional staff as well as pollsters and political pundits, briefings on the President’s budget the day after its release featuring high level Administration and Congressional staff, a sequester “bake sale”, special research briefings, and an “Education Seeds the Economy” briefing.
In addition to CEF’s website and Twitter updates, CEF produces several valuable publications that are available to our members, including our annual Education Budget Response and the CEF Membership Directory.
- Education Budget Response:
This annual document, written by experts in our membership, includes a summary and critique of the President’s education budget, funding tables and articles on federal early education; elementary and secondary education; career, technical and adult education; workforce training; and higher education programs. Details of program goals, supported activities and funding history, as well as the projected impact of the proposed budget make up the body of this crucial text. This publication is one of the most popular and useful education publications in Washington. Its availability is eagerly anticipated by those inside and outside the beltway.
- CEF Membership Directory:
This guide is a comprehensive listing of our over 115 education institutions, agencies, associations and other organizations that comprise CEF’s membership. Officers, executive directors, and CEF government relations contacts are listed with their phone numbers, email and mailing addresses. The directory includes a brief description of all of our member organizations.
CEF is the only coalition whose membership includes organizations and institutions that represent early childhood education; elementary and secondary education; special education; career, technical, and adult education; higher education; workforce training; libraries; museums; and educational research from the public and private sectors. At our meetings members have continuous access to peers across the education community as well as frequent interaction with Congressional and Administration staff visitors. CEF holds the largest gathering of the national education community at its Annual Legislative Conference and Awards Gala. During this event, CEF recognizes outstanding advocates for education investment.