NSBA Applauds House Action to Move Labor-HHS-ED Bill Forward with Key Education Funding Provisions

June 24, 2015

Alexandria, VA (June 24, 2015) - The National School Boards Association (NSBA) is pleased that the U.S. House of Representatives Appropriations Committee passed an appropriations bill with targeted investments in Title I grants for disadvantaged students and special education state grants under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). NSBA sent a letter prior to full committee consideration to request an increase in federal funding for education programs that supports states and school districts in their efforts to best serve all public school students.

During today’s House Appropriations Committee mark-up, amendments related to key education programs were under consideration. The committee opposed multiple amendments seeking to increase funding allocations for Title I, Head Start, school counseling, arts education and several other important education programs. However, the committee approved an amendment from Rep. Derek Kilmer requesting the U.S. Department of Education to provide guidance to Impact Aid districts on how to measure school districts’ tax rates compared to the average tax rate for the state.

“We applaud the House Appropriations Committee for passing a funding bill with provisions in support of school districts and local communities,” stated NSBA Executive Director Thomas J. Gentzel. “NSBA views the full committee mark-up as another step forward to passing a final bill that invests in critical education programs, such as Title I and IDEA,” said Gentzel.

“This legislation continues our efforts to reduce wasteful spending, to stop harmful and unnecessary regulations that kill jobs and impede economic growth, and to make wise investments in proven programs on behalf of the American taxpayer,” stated House Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers. “This bill fulfills these goals, funding cutting-edge medical research, education for disabled children, veterans’ programs, community health centers, Meals on Wheels, and charter schools,” said Chairman Rogers.

NSBA welcomes the bill’s allocation of $12 billion for IDEA special education grants to states, an increase of more than $500 million over the fiscal year 2015 enacted level, which will increase the federal share of special education funding to states from 16 to 17 percent. It sustains the current level of funding for Title I, Impact Aid and English Language Acquisition. Further, the bill includes provisions that block certain federal regulations to “protect schools and students from federal overreach.”

“NSBA will continue urging Members of Congress, despite the 302(b) allocation and spending limits, to prioritize federal dollars for Pre-K through 12 programs and increase allocations for programs that address our students with the greatest need as the bill moves forward for a floor vote,” stated Deborah A. Rigsby, NSBA Director of Federal Legislation. 

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