Senate to Hold Key Votes Today on Funding for Education Programs
This afternoon around 3:00 p.m., the U.S. Senate is scheduled to hold key votes on the budget for education and other programs supported by the federal government. One vote will be on H.R. 1, the Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act, which makes significant cuts to important education reform programs.
The other vote will be on a proposal that would restore funding to many of the education programs proposed for cuts in H.R. 1. This alternative proposal is Senate Amendment #149 introduced by Senator Inouye, Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee.
Below are examples of the cuts that were passed by the House of Representatives, and how Senate Amendment #149 would address them:
• Striving Readers Comprehensive Literacy program: This program supports statewide, research based strategies for literacy instruction and interventions for children from birth to grade twelve. H.R. 1 rescinds $189 million in funds provided in 2010. The short-term measure currently funding the federal government eliminated the program in 2011. Senate Amendment #149 restores funding for the Striving Readers Comprehensive Literacy program to $200 million. Additional information on this critical program is available at http://www.all4ed.org/files/EvaluationsPointWay.pdf. Please encourage your senator to support the restoration of this program.
• School Improvement Grants: This program provides support to turn around schools with the highest dropout rates and lowest proficiency scores. It would be cut by $336 million in H.R. 1. Senate Amendment #149 restores funding for School Improvement Grants to $546 million, the same level it received in 2010. Please encourage your senator to support the restoration of this program.
• Enhancing Education Through Technology (Ed-Tech): This program supports professional development and the use of technology to strengthen student performance. H.R. 1 eliminates this program, as does Senate Amendment #149. Please encourage your senator to support the restoration of this program.
• Advanced Credentialing: The funding for this program is used to help provide financial support for teachers in high-need areas to go through the rigorous National Board Certification process. H.R. 1 eliminates this program; however, Senate Amendment #149 restores its funding to the 2010 level of $10.6 million. Please encourage your senator to support the restoration of this program.
• Title I: H.R. 1 cuts $694 million from Title I, the federal government's largest source of funding to serve low-income students. This cut would impact an estimated 957,000 low-income students and reduce funding available for high-quality instruction, extended learning time opportunities, and parental involvement-just three examples of critical reform activities that Title I can help support. Senate Amendment #149 restores funding for Title I, and adds $100 million. Please encourage your senator to support the restoration of this program.
If you would like to call or email your senators and voice an opinion on H.R. 1 or the Senate Amendment #149 introduced by Senator Inouye, you can do so using the Alliance's eAdvocacy Center.