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Thanks to CEF’s generous gala sponsors!

  • Straight A’s sponsor: American Federation of Teachers.
  • Star Student sponsors: American Council on Education; American Library Association; Council for Opportunity in Education; National Education Association.
  • Dean’s List sponsors: National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities; AASA – the School Superintendents Association/Consortium for School Networking/National School Boards Association.
  • Honor Roll sponsors: American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees; Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities; Bose Public Affairs; National Association of Federally Impacted Schools; National Council for Community and Education Partnerships; National Association of Secondary School Principals/National Association of Elementary School Principals/American Federation of School Administrators; National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators.



Past Events – CEF Zoom Research Briefing on the Impact of COVID-19 on Education Jobs

Date: March 25, 2021
Location: Zoom Webinar


  • Melat Kassa, Economic Policy Institute
  • Maryann Salm, American Federal of Teachers
  • Andy Brantley, College and University Professional Association for Human Resources

Click here to view slides used during briefing

Past Events – CEF Zoom Research Briefing on State Education Budgets and the Impact of COVID-19

Date: November 12, 2020
Location: Zoom Webinar


  • Elizabeth McNichol, Senior Fellow, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
  • Michael Griffith, Senior Researcher and Policy Analyst, Learning Policy Institute
  • Jennifer Ma, Senior Policy Research Scientist, College Board

Click here to view slides used during briefing

Past Events – CEF Briefing: How Money Matters in Education

Date: September 23, 2020
Location: Zoom Webinar


Past Events – 50th Anniversary – CEF Gala 2019

Date: September 18, 2019 (Wednesday)
Location: Hotel Intercontinental – The Wharf

CEF’s education gala is DC’s premier education event. It is the one night when the education community – advocates, policy-makers, and administrators – come together in support of education funding to honor those who have demonstrated their strong commitment to increasing the federal investment in education for the success of our nation’s students.

The CEF 2018 Gala

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2015 Gala

View photos from the 2015 Gala.

2016 Gala

View photos from the 2016 Gala.

2016 Presidential Forum

View info and video from the 2016 Presidential Forum.

CEF Awardees

Champions of education who have received awards from CEF since 1986.



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

CEF Events

CEF Gala – Hybrid reception on September 28, 2021
Due South – Dockside, Washington, DC

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.