LEARN Holds Fall Advocacy Day – October 8

On October 8, representatives from more than 10 LEARN member institutions came to Washington, DC for the Coalition’s annual Fall Advocacy Day.

In the morning, attendees had the opportunity to hear from Kathleen Styles, the Chief Privacy Officer at the US Department of Education, and talk about the potential impact of proposed updates to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).

In the afternoon, attendees participated in a series of meetings on Capitol Hill to talk with congressional staff and other key officials about issues important to the research community, including funding for the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) and ongoing efforts to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).

Special thanks to the University of California, Washington Center for hosting us and to all those who attended.

LEARN Leads Sign-On Letter Opposing Cuts to Research Funding

Over the summer, LEARN, along with the American Educational Research Association, led the effort to draft a letter to Congress and gather signatures in opposition to drastic cuts in research funding contained in the FY2016 House of Representatives Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies funding legislation.

When it was sent to congressional leaders, on September 10, 2015, the letter had nearly 2,000 signatures from organizations and researchers across the country.

Education Week, a leading source of education news and analysis, reported on the letter under the headline “Education Researchers to Lawmakers: Don’t Cut Funding for Key Programs.”