Federal Advocacy & Public Policy Update

Federal Advocacy & Public Policy Update

Congressional Update

House Begins Debating U.S. Department of Education’s FY20 Budget

The House began debate, this week, on an omnibus spending bill (H.R.2740). The bill would increase the Department of Education’s fiscal year 2020 budget, including by providing new funding for ESSA, Title I and IDEA Part B. Unlike the House, the Senate’s appropriations work has been stalled over the absence of an agreement about the overall level of spending that should be established for fiscal year 2020. Congress and the White House have been unable to decide whether the spending caps established in 2011 should be raised for the next fiscal year. The House choose to move ahead using the spending levels established for the last fiscal year, but Senate leaders paused their work until a decision could be made about the caps.

House Education and Labor Announces Higher Education Innovation Hearing

The House Education and Labor Committee will hold a hearingon Wednesday, June 19 focused on innovation in higher education. MSBA is closely following the HEA debate, given the law’s provisions focused on educator recruitment, preparation and retention.  NSBA is working closely with other national K-12 groups to ask Congress to strengthen the HEA’s educator-focused provisions to help address teacher and leader shortages, especially in high need fields like special education.

Notable K-12 Bills

  • R.3220To amend the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act to allow certain institutions to use geographic preference for procurement of certain foods, and for other purposes.Sponsor:Rep. Pingree, Chellie [D-ME-1]
  • R.3205To amend title 14, United States Code, to authorize the Secretary of the department in which the Coast Guard is operating, in coordination with the Secretary of Education, to establish programs for the purpose of improving the mathematics and scientific knowledge and skills of elementary and secondary school students and faculty members, and for other purposes.Sponsor:Rep. Kaptur, Marcy [D-OH-9]
  • R.3192To add suicide prevention resources to school identification cards.Sponsor:Rep. Correa, J. Luis [D-CA-46]
  • R.3180To improve the identification and support of children and families who experience trauma.Sponsor:Rep. Davis, Danny K. [D-IL-7]
  • 1782A bill to add suicide prevention resources to school identification cards.Sponsor:Sen. Kennedy, John [R-LA]
  • 1770A bill to improve the identification and support of children and families who experience trauma.Sponsor:Sen. Durbin, Richard J. [D-IL]


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