Washington Update: Federal Investment in Public Education

This blog post is written by AACTE consultant Jane West and is intended to provide update information. The views expressed in this post do not necessarily reflect the views of AACTE.

I’m downright excited to have some GREAT news to report from Washington! Some of our leaders want to increase the federal INVESTMENT in public education!  Hallelujah. 

  1. House Moves Expansive Education Funding Bill through 8 Hour Marathon Mark up

This week Chair of the House Subcommittee on Labor/HHS/Education Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) successfully moved her spending bill out of the full Appropriations Committee.  The bill retains its overall 6% increase for education from last fiscal year, bringing the Department of Education to $75.9 Billion, and features significant increases for key education programs.

Funding levels for key programs of interest to educators include:


FY 2019 Current level

FY 2020 President’s Proposal

FY 2020 House Appropriations Committee Bill

Title I ESSA












IDEA Personnel Preparation




HEA Teacher Quality Partnership Grants




HEA Program for students with Intellectual Disabilities




Office of Civil Rights




Special Education Research – IES




IES Total




Learn more about the Appropriations Committee Approves Fiscal Year 2020 Labor-HHS-Education Funding Bill.

Review the Committee draft report with funding tables.

  1. House Labor/HHS/Education Appropriations Bill Takes on School Safety, Charters and Higher Education Issues

The draft Committee report for the Labor/HHS/Education funding bill marked up in Committee this week includes a number of provisions related to hot topics in education.

For the full Washington Update visit my website.
That’s it for this week! Wishing you a great spring weekend!

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Jane E. West

AACTE Education Policy Consultant