• Government Affairs Committee Meeting Notes: February 12, 2018

     Higher Education Act (HEA) Reauthorization

    • House: HEA reauthorization is out of committee; leadership has not yet set a date for full House vote
    • Senate: Chairman Alexander (R-TN) and Ranking Member Murray (D-WA) agreed to collaborate on an HEA reauthorization. Senator Alexander released principles for a new HEA in a staff white paper (available here).  Sen. Murray’s reaction is here.
    • FY 18 Appropriations Process: Last week’s budget agreement provided a compromise on top-line spending levels, increasing defense and domestic spending by about $300 billion over two years.  
    • Congress is expected to develop an omnibus spending bill, anticipated to be finalized in March. 


      President’s FY19 Budget (released on Monday, February 12)

    • Note: The President’s proposed budget provides insight into Department priorities; however, FY 2019 appropriations will be made by congress, which takes the President’s budget as advisory.
    • Presentation of Reg’s 2-page summary document comparing prior appropriations to the President’s requested 2019 funding and addendum to adjust for new spending caps (email abigail.potts@nasbe.org for a copy).
    • President’s budget reduces funding for the U.S. Department of Education by $3.8 billion, less than the $9 billion proposed reduction in 2018. 
    • Budget priorities for ED include: Expanding access to a wide-range of high-quality educational choices, supporting special education services, pathways to successful careers, promoting innovation in STEM education, school-based opioid abuse prevention, making the Department more efficient.
    • Major Programs: Head Start ($9.3B), Title I of ESEA ($15.4B), IDEA state grants ($12B) are all approximately level funded
    • Programs Proposed for Elimination: Title II (Teacher Professional Learning, $2B), 21st Century Community Learning Centers ($1.2B), Title IV (Student Support and Academic Enrichment, $400M), preschool development grants (HHS, $250M), Statewide Longitudinal Data Systems grants ($32M).  Full listing of programs proposed for funding elimination are available here page 51.
    • Proposed investments include: School climate transformation program to support school-based opioid abuse prevention ($43M) , Education innovation and research competitive grants  with a STEM focus ($180M),  Charter school program grants ($160M increase), expanding Pell grants to cover short-term programs that provide students with a certification in an in-demand field, Opportunity Grants to expand public and private school choice for low-income students or students attending schools identified for improvement ($1B).
    • President’s 2019 Budget has been noted as a departure from GOP priorities around balanced budget.

     ESSA plan reviews and approvals

    • Fall Peer Review States – 17 approvals: AR, GA, HI, IN, KS, MD, MN, MO, MT, NY, OH, PA, PR, SD, WA, WV, and WI
    • Remaining states have received interim feedback letters and requested additional time to make revisions.

    ED Pilot Programs – Innovative Assessment & Student Centered Funding

    • Innovative assessment: Offers flexibility to explore new models of assessment with commitment to bring to scale statewide. ED has received letters of intent from 4 states – AZ, CA, NH, HI, more may submit an application by the April deadline.
    • Student centered funding: LEA-based competitive program to explore student-based funding strategies that use weighted per-pupil allocations (e.g. prioritize disadvantaged or other student characteristics in funding allocations such as students from low-income families, ELL, gifted, etc.) 

    State Discussion:

     Data privacy: Is there an update on the status of data privacy security, collection, and use?


    Other State Actions

    Click here to view each state’s submitted plan.

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Last Modified on March 7, 2018