The Committee for Education Funding (CEF) is a coalition that was founded in 1969 with the goal of achieving adequate federal financial support for our nation’s educational system. The coalition is voluntary, nonprofit and nonpartisan. 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 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 is managed by The Raben Group and is governed by the membership as a whole with a sixteen member Executive Committee, which includes three officers elected from among the membership. CEF publishes timely updates, holds weekly meetings of its membership, which provide a forum for information exchange and policy discussions, and sponsors seminars on current policy issues led by recognized experts. CEF provides information and assistance to Members of Congress and the Administration on education funding issues as well as holding numerous briefings and policy meetings with Congressional staff and Administration officials during the year. At its annual Gala, CEF honors outstanding advocates of federal education investment.
As the oldest and largest coalition of education associations in existence, the Committee for Education Funding provides a strong and unified voice in support of increasing federal education funding. We invite comments and inquiries regarding CEF membership or its publications.
- Noelle Ellerson, President (AASA, The School Superintendents Association)
- Makese Motley, Vice-President (American Association of State Colleges and Universities)
- Jacki Ball, Treasurer (National Association of Secondary School Principals)
- Kimberly Jones, Past President (Council for Opportunity in Education)
About the Committee for Education Funding
Founded in 1969, the Committee for Education Funding (CEF) and its 115 member organizations have worked toward the common goal of maximizing federal support for our nation’s education system. Nonpartisan and nonprofit, CEF is America’s oldest and largest education coalition, reflecting the broad spectrum of the education community.
Who are CEF’s members?
The Committee’s 115 members are educational institutions, agencies, associations, and other organizations, whose interests range from preschool to postgraduate education in both public and private systems.
What is the purpose of CEF?
The purpose of the Committee is to provide its members, the general public, the United States Congress, the Executive Branch, and the press with information in support of federal investments in education. The Committee takes positions on federal education funding issues that represent a consensus of its member organizations and communicates those positions to the Administration, Members of Congress, and the media.
What has CEF achieved?
CEF and its members have been very successful in championing the cause of increasing federal educational investment and fighting against harmful cuts to education programs. Through strong advocacy, grassroots efforts and effective communications we obtained $100 billion in ARRA funds for education in 2009; led the effort to enact a $10 billion education jobs fund and $5.7 billion to pay off the Pell grant shortfall in 2010; successfully fought off over $10 billion in education cuts included in HR 1 in 2011; helped prevent a doubling of the 3.4% student loan interest rate in 2012; and led the fight against the sequester cuts in 2013, leading to passage of the FY 2014 omnibus appropriations bill that restored $1.5 billion for education programs, along with $1.5 billion in new investments for early childhood education.
What makes CEF unique?
As the largest coalition of education associations in existence, CEF provides a strong and unified voice in support of federal education funding. Because the Committee represents diverse segments of the education community, it has the ability to address educational investment concerns at all levels. CEF is the only coalition that represents education from PreK through graduate education.
Whom do I contact with questions?
CEF staff are experts on the budget and education funding and communication strategies. Please contact Joel Packer, Executive Director (firstname.lastname@example.org), Sunil Mansukhani (email@example.com), Anais Duran (ADuran@cef.org), Broderick Johnson (firstname.lastname@example.org), or Brenda Arredondo (email@example.com) at (202) 383-0083 with questions. You may also visit us on the Web at www.cef.org and follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/edfunding.
CEF 2014 Activities and Accomplishments
In 2014, the Committee for Education Funding was busy connecting members of the education community to Congress, communicating its message of the need for increased federal investment in education and fighting the sequester cuts.
CEF continued to increase our visibility and credibility with Congress and the Administration. We sent 16 letters, fact sheets and announcements to Congress and organized several NDD United coalition letters.
Legislative Conference and Gala
At our successful and well attended 2014 Legislative Conference and Gala, CEF members and other attendees heard speeches/presentations from Senate Budget Committee Chair Patty Murray (WA); House Appropriations Chair Hal Rogers (KY); House Education and the Workforce Committee Ranking Member George Miller (CA); House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (MD); Representative Bobby Scott (VA); Congressional Black Caucus Chair Marcia Fudge (OH); House Appropriations Committee Ranking Member Nita Lowey (NY); House Democratic Caucus Chair Xavier Becerra (CA); Cecilia Muñoz, Assistant to the President and Director of the Domestic Policy Council; Brandon Busteed, Executive Director, Gallup Education; Margie Omero, Managing Director, Purple Insights; Kevin Madden, Executive Vice President for Public Affairs, JDA Frontline; and Claudio Sanchez, Education Correspondent, National Desk, NPR.
Speakers and Events
Our members heard through our regular Friday meetings and other events from 50 additional speakers/panelists including House and Senate staff from both sides of the aisle, Administration officials and outside experts. Events included: CEF’s briefing on the President’s FY 2015 Budget, Special Briefing by the CEF Research Committee featuring key education staff from the Government Accountability Office, CEF’s Budget Response Hill briefing, Education Seeds the Economy Hill briefing, Special Briefing by the CEF Research Committee on Federal Education Research Agencies, and CEF’s Post-Election Briefing
CEF’s visibility and credibility with the media, both trade press and general media, continued to improve this year. As Executive Director, Joel was regularly quoted and turned to for background information and analysis by Education Daily, Education Week, Congressional Quarterly and Politico Morning Education. We were also quoted and/or mentioned in the Chronicle of Higher Education, Inside Higher ED, Special Ed Connection, Politico, The Hill, Huffington Post, National Journal and Bloomberg News.
Through our over 6,000 followers, we expanded the use of Twitter to both inform CEF members and reach out to the general public and other organizations/policy advocates. We used Twitter to provide real-time updates from House and Senate education hearings and mark-ups.
We continued our close relationships with the Coalition for Health Funding (CHF) and the Campaign to Invest in America’s Workforce. Together with these two coalitions, we co-chaired NDD United, a coalition of coalitions, representing a broad spectrum of the domestic community to fight the sequester. We also worked closely with the Coalition for Human Needs and the Budget Coalition led by the Leadership Conference.