LEARN Submits Testimony to Senate Appropriations Subcommittee for FY22

LEARN wrote the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies regarding Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 funding for the Institute of Educational Sciences (IES), the National Center for Special Education Research (NCSER), the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), and the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). In this testimony, LEARN advocated for increases in Fiscal Year 2022 funding for these key institutes, centers and foundations which support critical education research aimed at advancing scientific understanding of learning and development. Throughout, LEARN emphasized the importance of supporting education research in the effort to address the educational challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Specific funding requests in the letters include:

For IES, Research and Dissemination, $267.9 million
For NCSER, $70 million
For NSF’s Education and Human Resources Directorate, $1.141 billion
For NICHD, $1.94 billion
For NIMH, $2.21 billion

The Senate testimony can be found here: LEARN Senate Appropriations FY2022 Testimony

LEARN Submits Nominations for the National Board for Education Sciences

LEARN submitted 14 member recommendations from esteemed Institutes of Higher Education nationwide for appointment to the National Board for Education Services (NBES). Given the importance of IES and the current absence of any NBES members, LEARN emphasized that the Biden Administration should move quickly to populate the Board at its full level of 15 members so that it can fulfill its important guidance and oversight responsibilities.

To learn more about LEARN’s nominees, read the letter here: LEARN NBES Nomination Letter_5.26.21