Priorities in the 117th Congress

Increase the federal education investment
CEF has begun a new advocacy campaign to increase the investment in education from 2% to 5% of the federal budget. “5¢ Makes Sense” provides the evidence behind the effectiveness of investing in education all along the continuum — early childhood education, elementary and secondary education, higher education, career and lifelong learning, and educational enhancements such as libraries, music, and other services that help students learn. It advocates for increasing the education investment to 5¢ of every federal budget dollar.
Work with Congressional leaders and the Administration

CEF is reaching out to the Administration and Congressional leaders in both political parties to bring home the importance of the federal education investment. Our more than 100 member organizations are ready to serve as resources for decision makers who want information about what works and why. CEF meets with Members of Congress in DC, and also brings local members to roundtables with Senators and Representatives.

Fact Sheets

5 Cents Makes Sense (PDF)

Download the “5 Cents Makes Sense” Fact Sheet PDF.

Myth v Fact (PDF)

Download the “Myth v Fact” Fact Sheet PDF.

Federal Education Investment (PDF)

Download the “Federal Education Investment” Fact Sheet PDF.



Social Media Toolkit to let Congress know why education funding matters to you

CEF Events

CEF Gala – September 21, 2022
Reception and awards banquet at InterContinental -The Wharf

Videos, presentations, and photos from past briefings and CEF Galas

Charts, Funding Tables, and Other Resources

Find an expert, view federal budget info, and browse charts and graphics.

CEF Budget Book

Access CEF’s analyses of the President’s budget request from 2011 to the present.