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Big Stakes for K-12 as Federal Budget Process Gears Up (Education Week - Feb 08, 2017)
Read more about cuts. Some snippets!
That blueprint includes reducing so-called formula funding in education by 10 percent, or $2.3 billion, for federal programs like Title I whose aid is allotted mainly according to fixed formulas; cutting competitive and project grant funding under the Every Student Succeeds Act by $1.8 billion; and phasing out Head Start by cutting 10 percent from the program each year, or $935 million in the first year. (Head Start, which serves preschoolers from poor families, is overseen by the Department of Health and Human Services, not the Education Department.)
Rep. Tom Cole, R-Okla., the leader of the appropriations subcommittee in the House of Representatives that funds the Education Department, stressed that he's still finding out where the Trump administration stands on key K-12 spending questions, and that much will be shaped by Trump's priorities. Cole also said an overall reduction in department spending "may be more likely than not."
However, Cole also offered a measure of support for some of the biggest formula-funded programs at the Education Department. "Some of these basic programs like Title I and IDEA are important building blocks for a lot of school districts around the country," he said.
Sheryl Cohen, the executive director of the Committee for Education Funding, a lobbying coalition that supports "adequate federal support" for K-12, predicted an overall cut for education in President Trump's proposed fiscal 2018 budget, but a boost for charter school aid.
She pointed out that aside from Title I and the IDEA, only four other programs in the Education Department currently get more than $1 billion: Impact Aid, career and technical education programs, teacher-training programs, and after-school programs. (Impact Aid helps offset schools' loss of local tax revenue in areas with a big federal presence, such as military bases, which might make it less likely to get cut by a GOP-controlled Congress.)
"Unfortunately, these are among the most important programs for filling the gaps in state and local funding, and most target their funding to at-risk students," Cohen said in an email.
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Commentary: Signs Suggest Trump Budget Will Feature Unprecedented Cuts Plus Large Tax Cuts Favoring Wealthy
In a new commentary, Robert Greenstein outlines the mounting signs suggesting that the forthcoming Trump budget may contain cuts harsher than those in recent House GOP budgets, which themselves would have slashed programs and services across much of the budget.
The budget Republicans approved last spring, for example, contained a stunning $6 trillion in domestic cuts over ten years, shrinking spending outside of Social Security, Medicare, and interest payments to just 7 percent of gross domestic product. That’s less than three-fifths its average level over the past 40 years and a little more than half its average level under President Reagan.
Yet those unprecedented cuts may not be enough for the Trump Administration. Reports say the Trump team is meeting with career staff to assemble a budget with $10 trillion or more in savings, of which about $8.5 trillion would be cuts to programs outside defense.
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2017 NAFIS Slate of Candidates for NAFIS Spring Conference - (NAFIS News (2/3/2017)
The NAFIS Nominating Committee has announced its 2017 slate of candidates for a membership vote at the NAFIS Spring Conference. The NAFIS membership will vote on the proposed slate during the opening general session on Sunday, March 12. Floor nominations are permitted after the Nominating Committee has made its report to members. The procedures are listed below:
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From the Executive Director: Action Needed - Email and Phone Call
The January congressional recess has one week remaining. Both the House and Senate return to work February 27. I am confident one of the primary objectives will be a continuing resolution for the remainder of FY2017. We want to make sure that protecting Impact Aid is a top of the Arizona delegations agenda. Call your congressman and senator this week with the following message:
This section of the NAFIS Action Center is very information. Go to the left tab labeled, “Find Officials.” Enter your zip code. The screen opens a Directory to your Federal Officials.
Click on the name of the federal official. A profile page opens up giving you contact information, personal information, background information, political information, staff members and Arizona district offices with staff. Note the name of the scheduler. This is the person who manages the schedule. What a gold mine of information!
Note the political information. Important that the committees are identified. Congressman O’Halleran serves on Agriculture, Armed Services. We have to keep the education issue on his plate.
Tentative Agenda for NAFIS Conference.
Please send me an email if I am scheduling your hill visits. email@example.com. I need to know the number of attendees.
Let’s push hard for the $24 million increase.
Larry E. Wallen
Paying for college in Arizona is tougher (AZEDNews)
Arizona’s 56 percent cut in state funding for higher education over the past nine years has led to tuition increases of 88 percent at state universities, causing fewer students, especially those from low-income families, to continue their education after high school. A 67 percent decline in state grant aid to students for the past five years is compounding the problem, a new report from College Sucess Arizona shows. Read more from AzEdNews...
Why Aren't We Talking About Native American Students?
Solutions to problems in Native education must involve Native input
By Ahniwake Rose
February 7, 2017
It's more than a little upsetting that in more than three hours of testimony before Congress on her nomination to be the new U.S. secretary of education, neither Betsy DeVos nor the members of Congress grilling her said anything—not a single word—about a cohort of more than a half-million American students who will fall under the Department of Education's remit.
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