Recently, in a party-line vote of 28-22, the House appropriations committee passed the Labor-HHS-Education funding bill which slashes education by $2.4 billion. The NEA strongly opposed the bill because it cuts all funding for Title II-A of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and greatly reduces support for 21st Century Community Learning centers, which provides afterschool services for the students most in need.
It is unclear if the full House will vote on the Labor-HHS-Education bill, and the Senate still needs to craft it’s version, educators and allies must tell all members of Congress understand that cutting Title II-A will lead to lost jobs and larger class sizes, as well as undermine implementation of ESSA. Instead, Congress should strike a bipartisan budget deal that raises the rigid funding caps and provides room (instead of deep cuts) for key investments in education. Congress needs to reject ALL the proposed cuts to our schools by Department of Education Secretary DeVos.