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FY 12 Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations

On September 22nd, the Senate Appropriations Committee reported the FY 12 bill on a party line vote of 16-14. The Republicans opposed the bill due to funding for the Affordable Care Act. No education amendments were offered.

Ranking Subcommittee Senator Shelby issued a statement opposing the bill. Among his objections are that Pell is on an unsustainable path and that Race to the Top was funded.

The bill is not expected to be taken to the Senate floor. The expectation is that this bill and the 11 others will be finalized in one omnibus bill that would be negotiated between the House and Senate Appropriations leaders and hopefully completed by 11/18.

The following programs are eliminated (zero funded):

  • Foreign Language Assistance Program (FLAP) currently funded at $26.9 million
  • Voluntary Public School Choice - currently funded at $25.8 million
  • Excellence in economic education - currently funded at $1.4 million
  • Alcohol Abuse Reduction currently funded at $6.9 million. (Most of its funded was eliminated in the FY 11 CR).
  • Civic Education - currently funded at $1.2 million (most of Civic Ed's funding was eliminated in the FY 11 CR)

The following were cut:
  • Title I evaluation was funded at $4.15 million, a cut of $4 million form FY 11.
  • Teacher Incentive Fund from $399.2 million to $300 million (-$99.2 million, -24.8%).
  • Transition to Teaching was cut by $21.125 million, from its FY 11 level of $41.125 million to $20 million (-51%).
  • Safe and Drug-Free Schools national programs is cut by $40 million from $119.2 to $79.2 (-33.6%).
  • IDEA state personnel development was cut from $46.846 million to $44 million.

The following were increased:
  • Striving Readers received $183 million. It was zero funded in FY 11.
  • Indian Education received a $1 million increase.
  • Promise Neighborhoods by $30 million to a total of $60 million
  • Arts in Education went from $27.447 to $27.55 million.
  • There's a new $30 million competitive grant program under FIE for literacy. 50% if for national programs focused on literacy (intended to provide funds to such entities as Reading is Fundamental and the National Writing project) and the other 50% if competitive to school libraries.
  • IDEA Part C was increased by $5 million to a total of $443.5 million (+1.1%).
  • IDEA Technical assistance was increased from $48.806 million to $49.306 million.
  • IDEA personnel preparation was increased from $88.466 million to $90.653 million.
  • IDEA technology and media services was increased from $28.644 million to $30.644 million.
  • $4 million in ED for a new program under special education: Promoting School Readiness for Minors in SSI (PROMISE). There is also $10 million in SSA for this.
  • Statistics under IES was increased by $1 million.
  • Student Aid Administration was increased from $992 million to $1.045 billion.

The set-aside out of Title II for the Supporting Effective Educator Development Grant Program was increased from 1% in FY 11 to 5%, which would equal $123 million. ED recently released the application package for the $24.68 million available in FY 11.

Source: Committeee on Education Funding

Also see: Senate Panel Votes to Freeze Funding for Key K-12 Programs and Senate Budget Would Preserve Pell

Also read: 2012 Education for the Disadvantaged

On September the 21st, 2011 the Financial Services and General Government Subcommittee gave voice vote approval to the FY2012 Financial Services Appropriations Bill. The next day, the full committee favorably reported the bill. The language, as expected, allocates $20 million to the DC voucher program, in accordance with the "SOAR" Act.
(posted 09/22/11)

Updated tables showing funds for U.S. Department of Education State formula-allocated and selected student aid programs, by program and by State FY 2010, the FY 2011 CR annualized levels, and the FY 2012 President's Budget, in PDF and EXCEL formats. [Click here]
(posted 09/15/11)

The Department of Education has posted the table for FY 11, that shows the dollar and percent change in funding for each program compared to FY 10, available in PDF [92KB] and MS Excel [217KB]
(posted 5/18/11)

Congress Does Not Pass FY 11 Budget or Appropriations Before Going Home: Passes a CR
Members of the House and Senate voted September 30th to halt legislative work until after Election Day (November 2nd), when all House members and one-third of the Senate have their careers on the line.

Before adjourning, both chambers approved a Continuing Resolution (CR), which will fund all government programs at their current levels until December 3, by which time Congress will have returned for a post-election "lame duck" session to vote on the final spending bills for Fiscal Year 2011, which began today at 12:01am. (These will contain the funds districts received for school year 2011-2012.)

Secretary Duncan had included nearly $2 billion in the CR to fund continuation and expansion of RTTT and the i3 funds. Congress rejected that effort. Additionally, the military special education voucher effort failed.
(posted 10/6/10)

Is there a chance for a FY 2011 Budget Resolution?
Last week, Congress missed its self-imposed deadline (April 15) to pass a FY 2011 budget resolution. As many of you know, the budget resolution provides Congress with the opportunity to lay out its spending, revenue, borrowing and economic goals and serves as the guide for each appropriations subcommittee to base their budget allocations off of. Senate Budget Committee Chairman Kent Conrad (D-ND) announced last week that he intends to bring a budget resolution to the Senate floor within weeks. No date has been set for a mark-up. Sources on the Hill tell suggest that it appears that the House will have more difficulty moving a budget resolution this year. In the many conversations on the Hill this past week it is indicated that there may be a need for a Continuing Resolution for the year because time is running short and Members facing tough races don't want to be asked to take tough votes.
Source:Knowledge Alliance
posted 4/29/10

CEF has provided its member organizations with information on Continuous Education Budget Cuts and Layoffs
Download pdf
posted 4/10/10

FY 2011 Appropriations Procedures and Deadlines

From: The Committee on Appropriations
Sent By: joseph.carlile@mail.house.gov
January 25, 2010

Dear Colleague:

This letter is to inform Members about the earmark procedures and deadlines the Committee will follow for fiscal year 2011. You are all aware of the numerous reforms put into place over the last two years which brought unprecedented transparency to the earmark process. Those reforms will continue this coming year as will the limiting of earmarks to no more than 1% of discretionary spending.

Let me quickly review for you the changes implemented over the past two years.

2007 Moratorium: In January of 2007, Democrats imposed a one-year moratorium on earmarks for 2007 until a reformed process could be put in place.

Significant Reductions: In the 2008 bills, the total dollar amount earmarked for non-project-based accounts in appropriations bills was reduced by 43% below FY 2006 and this percentage reduction increased to 50% with the 2010 bills. The Committee will limit future earmarks to no more than 1% of total discretionary spending.

Rules for Transparency: Under the 2007 rules, each bill must be accompanied by a list identifying each earmark and the Member who requested it. Those lists are available online before the bill is ever voted on. In the House, each earmark on those lists is backed by a public letter from the requesting Member identifying the earmark, the entity that will receive the funds and its address, what the earmark does, and a certification stating that neither the requesting Member nor their spouse will benefit from the earmark financially. Each certification is available on the internet at least 48 hours prior to a floor vote on the bill.

Other Measures: All earmarks produced by conference committees which did not appear in the original House or Senate bills are clearly identified in the bill and accompanying report with an asterisk.

Posting Requests Online: Begun in calendar year 2009 in order to offer more opportunity for public scrutiny of earmarks, Members are now required to post information on their project requests on their websites at the time the request is made. The Member is responsible for explaining the purpose of the earmark and why it is a legitimate use of taxpayer funds.

Early Public Disclosure: Begun in calendar year 2009 in order to increase public scrutiny of Committee decisions, earmark disclosure tables will be made publicly available the same day as the House or Senate subcommittee markup.

Earmarks to For-Profit Entities: Begun in calendar year 2009, all House earmarks that are intended to benefit for-profit entities are required by law to be fully and openly competed. This gives the original designee the opportunity to be brought to the attention of an agency, but with the possibility that an alternative entity may be selected by the agency. In practical terms, it ends the practice of earmarks being the functional equivalent of sole source contracts.

Fiscal Year 2011 process:

The reforms and requirements outlined above remain in place for the coming year. As we prepare for the fiscal year 2011 appropriations process, Members who wish to have projects considered by the Committee should submit requests to the Appropriations Committee by Friday, March 19, 2010. This deadline will allow time for our subcommittees to send each request to the appropriate agency for review as was done last year.

This will be a very tight budget year, so we ask each and every member to be realistic in tendering their requests.

Members will also be asked this year to prioritize their top ten requests across all subcommittee jurisdictions so we can better identify priorities committee-wide. Identifying the top ten requests will not affect the total number of requests made to the Committee nor will it change the subcommittees' systems of evaluating and analyzing requests. Identifying these top priorities will hopefully ensure projects are requested in the correct bills and accounts, and will enable our subcommittees to make every effort to address critical district needs. Once again the database will be used to collect information about project requests, with each subcommittee tailoring questions specific to its programs or purposes.

The database, accessible only through the House intranet system, can be found at: https://membersrequests.approps.house.gov. Additionally, several subcommittee chairs plan to send an additional "Dear Colleague" in the coming days providing specific subcommittee direction or instructions.


*Note: NABSE membership may view the entire budget online at http://www2.ed.gov/about/overview/budget/budget11/summary/edlite-section2.html, however, please note Section III and the President's overview at the bottom of the page.

NABSE's new legislative agenda, based on the needs of its membership and in response to the President's budget, will be available online on March 1.