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 American Continental 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.
Makese Motley, President
American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU)
Jocelyn Bissonnette, Vice-President
National Association of Federally Impacted Schools
Jeff Carter, Treasurer
National Coalition for Literacy
Noelle Ellerson, Past President
AASA, the School Superintendents Association
Founded in 1969, the Committee for Education Funding (CEF) and its more than 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 members are educational institutions, agencies, associations, and other organizations, whose interests range from preschool to postgraduate education in both public and private systems. Our members also include organizations representing career, technical, and adult education, workforce training, libraries, museums, business, and more!
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; 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; and led the fight to raise the sequester caps in 2015 that resulted in the FY 2016 omnibus that increased education funding by $1.2 billion with an additional increase of almost $900 million in early education in HHS.
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 Sheryl Cohen, Executive Director at (202) 327-8100 with questions or Makese Motley, President at (202) 478-4652. You may also visit us on the Web at www.cef.org and follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/edfunding.
CEF 2015 Activities and Accomplishments
In 2015, the Committee for Education Funding was busy connecting members of the education community to Congress, communicating our message of the need for increased federal investment in education and successfully fighting to raise the sequester caps.
CEF continued to increase our visibility and credibility with Congress, the Administration, and the media. We sent 23 letters, fact sheets and announcements to Congress and organized several NDD United coalition letters.
Legislative Conference and Gala
At our successful and well attended 2015 Legislative Conference and Gala, CEF members and other attendees heard speeches/presentations from Rep. G.K. Butterfield (NC), Congressional Black Caucus Chairman; Rep. Rosa DeLauro (CT), House Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations Subcommittee Ranking Member; Rep. Nita Lowey (NY), House Appropriations Committee Ranking; Member FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel; Bruce Evans, Majority Staff Director, Senate Appropriations Committee; Denise Forte, Democratic Staff Director, House Education and the Workforce Committee; Chuck Kieffer, Democratic Staff Director, Senate Appropriations Committee; Allie Kimmel, Education Policy Advisor, Democratic Staff, Senate HELP Committee; Bob Moran, Majority Deputy Education Policy Director/Counsel, Senate HELP Committee; David Pomerantz, Democratic Staff Director, House Appropriations Committee; David Barnes, Vice President, Global Workforce Policy, IBM; James T. Brett, President and CEO of The New England Council; Karen Elzey, Vice President for Policy, Business-Higher Education Forum; Jessica Herrera-Flanigan, Executive VP of Government Relations & Public Policy, Univision Inc.; and Dr. Muriel A. Howard, President, AASCU.
Speakers and Events
Through our regular Friday meetings and other events our members heard from 50 additional speakers/panelists including House and Senate staff from both sides of the aisle, and Administration officials and outside experts. Events included: CEF’s “Day After” briefing on the President’s FY 2016 Budget; receptions for Congressional staff and new members of Congress; a Congressional briefing to release our federal budget analysis (Education Matters), a Congressional research briefing. Education Matters: Investing In America’s Future Hill; three briefings by the CEF Research Committee; a Back To School Reception; NDD United Town Halls, press briefings and a Hill Rally; and CEF’s Budget/Appropriations 101 workshop.
CEF’s visibility and credibility with the media, both trade press and general media, continued to improve this year. As Executive Director, CEF was regularly quoted and turned to for background information and analysis by Education Daily, Education Week, Congressional Quarterly, Politico Morning Education, the Chronicle of Higher Education, Inside Higher ED, Special Ed Connection, Education Talk Radio, Politico, The Hill, and National Journal.
Through our over 6,700 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.