LEARN sends Letter Requesting Supplemental Funds to Support Research Programs

LEARN wrote the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate Leadership Members overseeing the COVID relief funding. In the letter, LEARN recognizes the efforts to mitigate the impacts of this pandemic and provide financial relief to many through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. It also acknowledges the  significant COVID-19 related financial pressures are  impacting and unfortunately jeopardizing Institution of Education Sciences (IES) funded research. As a result, LEARN requested $75 million in supplemental appropriations to support research programs under IES that have been negatively impacted by COVID-19.

You can access the letter here: LEARN Supplemental Funding Request Letter 4.21.20

LEARN Supports Key Education Research Funding

LEARN wrote the Chairs and Ranking Members of the U.S. House and Senate Appropriations Committees overseeing 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 these letters, LEARN advocated for increases in Fiscal Year 2021 funding for these key institutes, centers and foundations which support critical education research aimed at advancing scientific understanding of learning and development.

Specific funding requests in the letters include:

For IES, Research and Dissemination, $210 million
For NCSER, $61 million
For NSF’s Education and Human Resources Directorate, $1.010 billion
For NICHD, $1.67 billion
For NIHM, $2.19 billion

The letter regarding IES, NCSER, NICHD and NIMH funding can be accessed here:  FY2021 LEARN Appropriations Letter. The letter pertaining to NSF funding can be accessed here: FY2021 LEARN CJS Appropriations Letter.

LEARN Supports Key Education Research Funding

LEARN wrote the Chairs and Ranking Members of the U.S. House and Senate Appropriations Committees overseeing 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 these letters, LEARN advocated for increases in fiscal year 2020 funding for these key institutes, centers and foundations which support critical education research aimed at advancing scientific understanding of learning and development.

Specific funding requests in the letters include:

For IES, Research and Dissemination, $205.4 million
For NCSER, $61 million
For NSF’s Education and Human Resources Directorate, $1.010 billion
For NICHD, $1.59 billion
For NIHM, $2.08 billion

The letter  can be accessed here:  FY 20 LEARN Appropriations Letter 11.01.19 Finaldocx

LEARN Supports Key Education Research Funding

LEARN wrote the Chairs and Ranking Members of the U.S. House and Senate Appropriations Subcommittees overseeing 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 these letters, LEARN advocated for increases in fiscal year 2020 funding for these key institutes, centers and foundations which support critical education research aimed at advancing scientific understanding of learning and development.

Specific funding requests in the letters include:

For IES, Research and Dissemination, $210 million
For NCSER, $61 million
For NSF’s Education and Human Resources Directorate, $1.010 billion
For NSF’s Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences Directorate, $306 million
For NICHD, $1.606 billion
For NIHM, $1.994 billion.

The letter regarding IES, NCSER, NICHD and NIMH funding can be accessed here: FY 20 LEARN Appropriations Letter 4.09.19. The letter pertaining to NSF funding can be accessed here: FY 20 LEARN CJS House Appropriations Letter 4.04.19_

Testimony before the U.S. House of Representatives Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee

This week, The LEARN Coalition (LEARN) submitted written comments to the Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies (L-HHS-ED) on Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 funding.

LEARN urged the subcommittee to make significant investments in key education research programs as part of the FY 2020 appropriations process. Specifically LEARN requested $670 million for IES. Within IES, LEARN recommended $210 million for the Research, Development and Dissemination (R, D and D) line item and $61 million for the National Center for Special Education Research (NCSER). At the National Institutes of Health, LEARN urged the Subcommittee to provide $1.606 billion and $1.994 billion for NICHD and NIMH respectively.

The written testimony to the Subcommittee can be found here – FY 2020 LEARN LHHS Appropriations Testimony 4.08.19

LEARN Supports Key Education Research Funding

LEARN wrote the Chairs and Ranking Members of the U.S. House and Senate Appropriations Subcommittees overseeing 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 these letters, LEARN advocated for increases in fiscal year 2019 funding for these key institutes, centers and foundations which support critical education research aimed at advancing scientific understanding of learning and development.

Specific funding requests in the letters include:

For IES, Research and Dissemination, $210 million
For NCSER, $58.26 million
For NSF’s Education and Human Resources Directorate, $986.6 million
For NSF’s Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences Directorate, $306 million
For NICHD, $1.545 billion
For NIHM, $1.8 billion.

The letter regarding IES, NCSER, NICHD and NIMH funding can be accessed here:
FY19 LEARN Appropriations Letter 3.13.18. The letter pertaining to NSF funding can be accessed here: FY19 LEARN CJS Appropriations Letter 3.13.18.

LEARN sends Letter Opposing Cuts to IES

Last week, LEARN, led the effort to send two letters to the House Rules and Appropriations Committees, respectively, in opposition to drastic cuts in research funding. As part of the House Consideration of eight of the 12 appropriations bills, an amendment by Rep. Francis Rooney (R-FL) was made in order that would cut overall IES funding by $195 million. This letter comes in response to Rep. Rooney’s amendment.

The letter read, in part, “We urge your leadership in opposing this amendment to maintain the level of funding in the bill for IES initiatives…. We have seen firsthand the impact that IES funding has had in producing the knowledge needed to enable our students to succeed academically.  Adoption of this amendment will fundamentally damage the research structure and erode funding that IES grantees use to provide critical and proven research. A robust and sustained investment in education research and development is crucial to ensure continued progress on improving teaching and learning.”

The full letters can be accessed here: 1) LEARN Rooney Amend Letter to Rules 2) LEARN Rooney Amend letter to Appropriators

 

 

 

LEARN Supports Key Education Research Funding

LEARN wrote the Chairs and Ranking Members of the U.S. House and Senate Appropriations Subcommittees overseeing 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 these letters, LEARN advocated for increases in fiscal year 2018 funding for these key institutes, centers and foundations which support critical education research aimed at advancing scientific understanding of learning and development.

Specific funding requests in the letters include:

  • For IES, Research and Dissemination, $210 million
  • For NCSER, $58.26 million
  • For NSF’s Education and Human Resources Directorate, $948.6 million
  • For NSF’s Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences Directorate, $293.8 million
  • For NICHD, $1.42 billion
  • For NIHM, $1.6 billion.

The letter regarding IES, NCSER, NICHD and NIMH funding can be accessed here: FY18 LEARN L-HHS Appropriations Letter.  The letter pertaining to NSF funding can be accessed here: FY18 LEARN CJS Approps Letter.

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

LEARN Holds 2016 Fall Advocacy Day – September 20

On September 20, several LEARN coalition members gathered in Washington, D.C. for the annual Fall Advocacy Day.

Attendees had the opportunity to hear from Ruth Neild, Acting Director of the Institute of Education Sciences (IES), about the Institute’s current priorities and had the chance to ask questions about policies impacting institutions of higher education that are engaged in education research.

In the afternoon, several members participated in a series of meetings on Capitol Hill with key appropriations staff in both the House and Senate to emphasize the importance of continued funding for IES, as well as NIMH and NICHD, in the Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 Federal budget. Funding for IES was cut significantly in the FY17 budget proposed by the House of Representatives, and these meetings were part of LEARN’s efforts to ensure that funding is restored in the final budget.