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House committee votes to cut education funding by $1.3 billion
Discretionary education funding was slashed by more than $1.3 billion in the NEA-opposed FY2017 Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations bill passed by a House committee this week. By flat-funding Title I, the bill threatens the Every Student Succeeds Act’s potential to enhance opportunities for America’s students. The bill also cuts funding for professional development and class size reduction, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights, Pell grants, and eliminates the magnet school program entirely. Policy riders unrelated to education, also part of the bill, prohibit any funding for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to conduct research related to gun violence, and block the National Labor Relations Board from enforcing rules that facilitate union elections.
Before October 1, the start of the new fiscal year, Congress is expected to pass a short-term funding bill possibly into December, and then complete work on a year-end bill during the lame duck session. With more than 16 million children living in poverty, America needs to invest more—not less—in education to help close opportunity gaps. Click on the button and tell Congress the year-end bill must do better by students and make greater investments in the students most in need.