Committee for Education Funding

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Investments in education are among the best the country can make 10/11/2022

Investments in education are among the best the country can make

CEF continues to urge Congress to increase federal investments along the education continuum. Our op-ed in The Hill yesterday makes the case for the value of and need for these vital investments. You can learn more at CEF's website ( and in the opinion piece at

Investments in education are among the best the country can make The last two and a half years have been packed with previously unimaginable challenges for education, and while Congress has responded, recent achievement scores and the ongoing experience of all i…


You’re invited to a free CEF webinar on March 2 at 2pm ET. Shortages in the education workforce affect teaching and learning, but increased federal investments could make a big difference. Join CEF’s briefing on Wednesday at 2pm ET that will examine this crucial issue.
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Release of CEF’s Education Budget Book - July 2021

Release of CEF’s Education Budget Book – Panel Discussion of the Importance of the President’s Increased Education Funding

Speakers included:

-Amanda Lalicker, School Day Lead Teacher, Head Start, Lacey, Washington
-Jennifer Halter, 2021 Florida Principal of the Year and Principal of Clay High School, Clay County, Florida
-Craig Statucki, Director, Office of Career Readiness, Adult Learning, and Education Options for the Nevada Department of Education
-Richard Davis, Jr, Policy Intern, National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators, and Graduate Student, Louisiana State University, Louisiana


Today at noon ET! Please join CEF for a Zoom webinar on the President’s historic education budget – you can register to attend at the link below or watch here.
The briefing features a Head Start teacher from Washington, Florida’s Principal of the Year, Nevada’s head of career technical education, and a Louisiana graduate student working on financial aid issues discussing the impact of and need for more education funding. Register at


CEF’s Member of the Week is the National Association of School Psychologists! Help National Association of School Psychologists celebrate by sharing and amplifying the important work school psychologists do to help students thrive in our schools. Check out the social media toolkit here:


CEF Member of the Week: HACU - Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities announced National Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) week will be observed Sept. 14-20, 2020. Celebrate National HSIs Week and Tag on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and use hashtag .


Education Matters: Investing in America’s Future – Discussion of the Need for Increased Federal Education Funding

CEF briefing streamed live at 10am ET. Watch a great panel discuss the need for greater federal investments along the education continuum


Come learn more about education funding & needs at 10am ET on 7/20! Register here and check back on Monday to watch briefing on the releasing of CEF’s education budget book, featuring discussion with practitioners about the extra education funding needs to confront the pandemic. Register here


Please join the Committee for Education Funding (CEF) day of advocacy today, June 9, to urge Congress to increase federal education funding — investments that now are more important than ever. You can easily lend your voice – see info below!

Background: Federal education funding makes a real difference every day in the lives of students, teachers, families, schools and communities even before the pandemic raised education costs while slashing state and local revenue that supports education. Congress will soon be debating another emergency coronavirus relief measure and begin drafting the next year’s funding bill for education.

What you can do: You can easily urge Congress to increase education funding for immediate pandemic relief costs and for the coming year. Just click here to send the following message to your Members of Congress (you can add a personal example of why education funding matters to you).

Email that will be sent to your Members of Congress:
“I am a constituent and am joining the Committee for Education Funding (CEF) day of advocacy to urge you to increase federal education funding in the next coronavirus relief bill and in the FY 2021 bill funding the Department of Education. The pandemic has dramatically increased the cost of education at the same time that state and local revenues and institutional resources will be cut. Investments in education are vital for students, families, communities, and the U.S. economy, yet funding for the Department of Education has barely increased for years, and regular funding is now more than $7 billion below the 2011 level in inflation-adjusted dollars. Please work hard to increase federal support for education. Thank you.”


Kicks off Social Media Campaign on June 1st to talk about the great things happening across the country in education. In keeping with its goal of cultivating a sense of community and support, has launched Learn more:


This is Week! Federal investments in education are vital, and needed now more than ever. Take a moment to record a video or write a message telling your Members of Congress why education funding matters to you and urging them to increase support for education. Get step-by-step instructions and info on how to find and tag your Members of Congress in the social media toolkit at Don’t forget to tag CEF ( on Facebook) and your Congresspeople, and to use


The Committee for Education Funding will be shutting down this page and replacing with a new and better page shortly. Thank you for your understanding and support. 06/02/2016

Title I: Rich School Districts Get Millions Meant for Poor Kids

Out of $14.5 billion the federal government spends on Title I funding for poor students, about $2.6 billion ends up in districts that are wealthier on average, an investigative analysis from U.S. News & World Report found. The Nottoway County School Board Office in Virginia, for instance, oversees 2,200 students, nearly a third of whom are living in poverty, and receives $775,000 annually in Title I funding; but every cent of it must go to teacher salaries, with nothing left for curriculum development or curriculum support. By contrast, Fairfax County, which has a child poverty rate of just 8 percent, gets $20 million a year in Title I funding.
The reason why is because the complicated, outdated formula for distributing Title I often ends up benefiting larger districts and major urban areas instead of poorer, rural districts and small cities. "The places that are less poor are getting more money per poor kid," says Nora Gordon, an associate professor at the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University, who recently conducted an analysis of the Title I program for The Hamilton Project. "This is what happens when you have four different formulas that are very opaque and interact in different ways. You can have a lot of things in the law that seem like a good idea, but the net result is not a progressive one." More:

The analysis comes as the Education Department works to write a proposed rule for ensuring that poor students aren't being shortchanged of their fair share of state and local dollars. U.S. News also released a tool [] that allows a user to search the amount of Title I dollars their district receives, as well as the area's poverty level, child population and share of state and local funding. A second tool [] allows a user to see how proposed changes to the formula might impact future funding.
Politico Morning Education How Title I, the federal government's largest K-12 program, increases the inequality it was created to stop.


2nd panel featuring Lindsey Burke, Nat Malkus, & Carmel Martin.


Attending CEF'S 2016 Presidential Forum 05/20/2016

ACG: American Continental Group | Strategic Counsel. Meaningful Results.

Dear CEF Member,

On behalf of myself and my colleagues at ACG, I want to express our excitement and energy at being selected as the new Executive Director and team to work for and represent The Committee for Education Funding (CEF).

We are keenly aware of the long and proud history of the important work carried on by CEF. No letter of this kind could begin without acknowledging the extraordinary leadership of Joel Packer, not only on behalf of CEF but the totality of his career and work in education policy. No one can replace Joel, but in our work together forward we hope to maintain and advance that legacy of quality, and be guided by the following principles:

Maintain the timeliness, accuracy and quality policy analysis that CEF has become known for;

Ensure an open, transparent, and accessible leadership team and process that allows for good information flow, exchange of ideas, and creativity.

Preserve what has worked well in the past, but also look with a fresh eye forward at new ideas and approaches to advance our core objectives, both in policy and in process as a group.

Transitions of this size are never easy and we appreciate your understanding and support as we begin in June and tackle the most pressing issues first, and work our way into and through the full portfolio of responsibilities. I look forward to getting to know all of the CEF members as we get underway and working with this tremendously talented community.



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Weekly coalition meeting featuring Jennifer Cama, Majority Staff, House Labor-HHS-Ed Appropriations Subcommittee.


Week #2, Day #3 of the ESSA neg regarding committee discussing supplement not supplant


2017 Budget Response Briefing 02/29/2016

Budget Deal Already Paid for the 2017 Sequestration Relief | Center on Budget and Policy Priorities House conservatives are demanding that lawmakers pay for the $30 billion in sequestration relief for discretionary programs in 2017 that the President and Congress provided last year. Policymakers, however, already paid for the funding increase when they provided it, so House conservatives are effe…


Secretary of Education nominee King 12/16/2015

Senate amendment to H.R. 2029—Military Construction and Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies......

Want some light reading? Well here is the FY2016 Omnibus Appropriations Act for you. The Rules Committee is a committee of the United States House of Representatives responsible for determining under what rule other Committee’s bills will come to the floor. The Committee decides for how long and under what rules the full body will debate Bills.


Weekly meeting featuring Amy from the majority staff of the House Education & the Workforce Committee 12/04/2015

Courthouse News Service

From our friends at Politico:

KANSAS PARENTS HOPEFUL FOR SCOTUS IN LONGSHOT CASE: Kansas City-area parents are hoping the Supreme Court will decide today to take up their legal challenge on school spending, the Kansas City Star reports. The parents are challenging a state cap on local school spending, saying the state shouldn't limit the amount in local property taxes that districts can spend on education. They argue that the cap violates the constitutional rights of parents and others who want to spend more, and it promotes inequality. The case, Petrella v. Brownback, began in 2010 and a U.S. Appeals Court [ ] this June ruled against the parents. The state cap is meant to level out economic disparities across districts. And the state provides extra aid to make up for differences in property values and the makeup of student populations. Lawyers for the parents argue that if district parents want to spend more of their taxes on schools, it doesn't take away from other districts or schools. The federal appeals court in June disagreed - districts often have to compete for resources like high-quality teachers and it makes sense for the state to keep districts from outspending each other, the court said.


College Board Trends in Higher Education Reports: College Prices Continue Moderate Rise, and... New York — College prices continue to increase at a moderate pace, and student aid remains stable according to the College Board’s 2015 Trends in Higher Education reports — Trends in Student Aid and Trends in College Pricing — released today. Tuition and fees continued to rise this year at a rate si…


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From our friends at Politico on Rep. Ryan's positions on education funding:

He gets in the weeds. As Budget Committee chairman, Ryan proposed a number of big, cost-saving changes to education policy. His 2014 budget proposal [] eliminated in-school interest subsidies for undergraduate student loans, rolled back the Obama administration's expansions to income-based repayment and overhauled the Pell Grant program to make it entirely mandatory spending. Ryan has also proposed turning Head Start into a block grant, and testing different early education models for effectiveness.

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Release of CEF’s Education Budget Book - July 2021
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