Fiscal Year 2017 Education Investments

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Congress reconvened this week and continued negotiating a subsequent appropriations bill for Fiscal Year 2017 investments in education and other federal programs.  The current funding measure, a Continuing Resolution (CR), will expire December 9.  House and Senate leaders are now considering another longer-term CR instead of a measure providing appropriations throughout the remainder of FY2017. 
This next CR could become effective through March 2017 and may also include policy provisions, known as policy "riders," including one to prohibit the U.S. Department of Education from moving forward with regulations to place new requirements on teacher preparation. Others would block the U.S. Department of Labor's overtime rule and the Department of Education's transgender guidance, stating that none of the funds are to be made available to implement these regulatory actions. These proposals were approved via party-line votes by the House and Senate Appropriations Committees earlier this year.
Earlier this week, NSBA sent this letter to House and Senate Appropriations Committee leaders urging swift passage of a final funding bill that will sustain Prek-12 education investments in our nation's 50 million public school students.