Issue Brief: Federal Funding

Friday, January 29, 2016
Federal Advocacy Resources

Increasing the federal share of funding for special education is paramount, and should be addressed before considering future funding for newly created programs that may not have proven results for program effectiveness.  Specifically, funding for competitive grant programs should be weighed against the need to address Congress’ promise to fund the federal share of a 40-year-old mandate (i.e., IDEA) that has superseded other local budget priorities for the majority of school districts and communities.  IDEA must be fully funded—as well as requirements from the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).  Local school districts need capacity-building support for professional and curriculum development, course materials and instructional changes to meet federally sponsored standards and assessments.  NSBA also opposes general budget reductions by formula, such as the across-the-board cuts imposed in Fiscal Year (FY) 2013 by sequestration, which circumvent Congress’ responsibility to set funding priorities among government functions.  NSBA’s focus for the FY2016 appropriations bill is to maximize funding for foundational programs, such as Title I and IDEA, which benefit millions of our students and thousands of our schools.

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