U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos will be testifying before the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health & Human Services, Education and Related Agencies this Tuesday, June 6, at 10:00 am Eastern. You can watch the hearing online here. Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO), a former history teacher, is chairman of the Subcommittee; and, former school board member, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), is ranking member.
Secretary DeVos will be reviewing the Administration's Fiscal Year 2018 budget request for the Department, and has stated that the request "fulfills [the] promise to devolve power from the federal government to parents and students." Key concerns regarding the budget request are the proposal for $1 billion in new FOCUS grants that would fund school choice and proposed program elimination and reduction of more than $3.5 billion.
"NSBA is committed to keeping public schools as a top priority in ... budget deliberations," stated Thomas J. Gentzel, NSBA Executive Director and CEO. "The Association will vigorously oppose the cuts proposed by the Administration." NSBA's statement regarding the budget request is available here. An analysis of the proposed budget is posted here.
NSBA urges Congress' bipartisan efforts to avert further across-the-board budget cuts to education in Fiscal Year 2018 and future fiscal years that impact the success of our students, school districts and communities. For the FY 2018 budget, there are two major issues: 1) preventing another round of across-the-board budget cuts (sequestration) governed by the Budget Control Act of 2011, and 2) prioritizing federal investments in Title I, special education (IDEA), and related education programs.