Right before adjuring for its spring recess, both the Senate and the House passed their budget blueprints. Unfortunately, both include massive cuts to education. Budget blueprints set overall spending caps, they do not specify program amounts. Congress will begin this work when it returns in April after negotiating a final version of the budget resolution.
The Senate Education Budget cuts $63 billion from FY 2016 – 2015 which is 8 percent below current funding levels. The House Education Budget cuts $135 billion from FY 2016-2025 which is 20 percent below current funding levels.
There has been some speculation around a broader budget deal that could raise spending caps and lead to increased funding for defense and domestic programs alike. It is likely there will be a confrontation later in the year with Congress and President Obama on spending priorities. It is unlikely under the current Senate and House Resolutions that any of the increases recommended by President Obama in his FY 16 budget for education will be realized.
Let your voice be heard! Go to CEC’s Legislative Action Center and write a letter to your members of Congress letting them know you are advocating for increased funding for IDEA, JAVITS, and NCSER.