LEARN Co-Leads Community Sign-On Letter in Support of IES Funding

LEARN, along with the American Educational Research Association (AERA), co-led a community sign-on letter to leaders of the House Appropriations Committee in support of funding for the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) that garnered the support of nearly 100 organizations and more than 1,500 individuals from across the country. This letter comes in response to the cut of $82 million to the IES budget proposed in the FY 2017 Labor-HHS-Education funding legislation passed by the House Appropriations Committee.

The letter read, in part, “as you consider the next steps for the FY 2017 budget, we, the undersigned individuals and organizations representing education research scientists, institutions, organizations, deans, and faculty are writing to convey our strong support to restore FY 2016 levels for the Institute of Education Sciences (IES). …

We have witnessed the results of employing valid, reliable research to improving outcomes for all students, and we understand the truly detrimental impact these cuts would have. Given the importance of education to building a strong economy and meeting our nation’s commitment to equity and opportunity for all young people, we urge you to restore funding for these essential programs.”

The full letter can be accessed here: research-community-sign-on-letter-in-support-of-ies-final