LEARN Comments on IES FY23 Grant Competitions Announcement

LEARN submitted comments to the Chairs and Ranking Members of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor Health and Human Service, Education, and Related Agencies (LHHS) and Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee regarding the Institute of Education Sciences (IES’s) Federal Register notice on May 26, 2022, regarding the decision not to run certain National Center for Education Research (NCER) grant competitions in fiscal year (FY) 2023. In the letter, LEARN noted the negative impact this decision will have on the nation’s education infrastructure and emphasized the importance of increased Federal investments for IES in FY 2023 to allow the agency to provide grant opportunities more consistently to the field.

The letter can be accessed here: LEARN Letter to Appropriators and Authorizers on Grant Competitions 7.1.2022

LEARN Submits Testimony to House LHHS Regarding Federal Invesments

On Thursday, May 26, LEARN submitted testimony to the House Subcommittee on Labor, Health & Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies (LHHS) regarding Federal investment for key agencies and programs supporting education research, including the Institute of Educational Sciences (IES), the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) and the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). In his testimony, LEARN Chair Rick Ginsberg of the University of Kansas expressed his appreciation for the increased funding for IES and NIH in the Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 budget and throughout emphasized how additional investments in FY 2023 will lead to improved experiences and outcomes for schools, teachers and students.

Specific funding requests in the letters include:

For IES Overall: $815 million

For Research and Dissemination (RD&D): $225 million

For the National Center for Special Education Research (NCSER): $70 million

For the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD): $2.02 billion

For the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH): $2.57 billion

The Senate testimony can be found here: LEARN FY23 LHHS Written Testimony Ginsberg 5.26.22

LEARN Comments on NASEM Report “The Future of Education Research at IES”

LEARN Submitted comments to IES leadership in response to the recently released National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM) report titled “The Future of Education Research at IES.” In the letter, LEARN discussed the critical need for more IES funding, advocated for the creation of two grant cycles, commended efforts to promote diversity in education research and responded to the report’s proposal to update the types and topics of research IES.

The Response to the NASEM report can be accessed here: LEARN Response to “The Future of Education Research at IES”

LEARN Advocates for Increases in Education Research Funding

LEARN wrote the Chairs and Ranking Members of the U.S. House and Senate Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies (LHHS) Appropriations Subcommittees overseeing funding for the Institute of Educational Sciences (IES), the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), and the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). Additionally, LEARN submitted a letter to the Chairs and Ranking Members of the U.S. House and Senate Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies (CJS) Subcommittees on the National Science Foundation (NSF). In these letters, LEARN advocated for increases in Fiscal Year 2023 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 Overall: $815 million

For Research and Dissemination (RD&D): $225 million

For the National Center for Special Education Research (NCSER): $70 million

For the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD): $2.02 billion

For the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH): $2.57 billion

For the National Science Foundation (NSF) Overall: $11 billion

For the Directorate on STEM Education (EDU): 1.37 billion

For the Directorate on Technology, Innovation and Partnerships (TIP): Robust Funding

The letter regarding IES, NICHD and NIMH funding can be accessed here: FY23 LEARN Appropriations Letter . The letter pertaining to NSF funding can be accessed here: FY23 LEARN CJS Appropriations Letter.

LEARN Submits Testimony to Senate Appropriations for FY23

On Wednesday, May 12, LEARN submitted testimony to the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies (LHHS) regarding Fiscal Year (FY) 2023 funding for the Institute of Educational Sciences (IES), 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 2023 funding for these key agencies which support critical education research aimed at advancing scientific understanding of learning and development. Throughout, LEARN emphasized the importance of supporting education research as the nation works to recover from the educational challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Specific funding requests in the letters include:

For IES Overall: $815 million

For Research and Dissemination (RD&D): $225 million

For the National Center for Special Education Research (NCSER): $70 million

For the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD): $2.02 billion

For the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH): $2..57 billion

The Senate testimony can be found here: LEARN Senate Appropriations FY2023 Testimony

LEARN Submits Response to IES’ Request for Information

On February 14, the LEARN Coalition responded to IES’ Request for Information on “Effective Interventions to Improve Middle School Science Achievement and Mathematics Achievement: Grades 3 through 5 for Students with Disabilities.” LEARN’s response highlighted the work of two member Universities.

LEARN’s response to the Request for Information can be found here: IES RFI on Math and Science

LEARN Submits Thank You Letter to Senate Majority

LEARN wrote the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies regarding the Majority party’s proposed Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 funding for the Institute of Educational Sciences (IES), the Research, Dissemination and Development (RD&D) line item within IES and the National Center for Special Education Research (NCSER). In this letter, LEARN urged the Senate Majority to maintain its FY2022 funding proposal for these key areas in the final FY2022 bill. LEARN specifically highlighted the important work of the RD&D line item and NCSER.

The Senate Majority Thank You letter can be found here: Senate Majority Thank You Letter

LEARN Submits Letter to IES Director Schneider

LEARN submitted comments to the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) in response to Director Schneider’s blog post “Better is Good” released on September 15, 2021. LEARN’s response is focused around areas of change Director Schneider discussed in the blog including the inclusion of State educational agencies and local educational agencies in IES-funded research, the diversification of peer review panels and the scaling up of education research. These comments will help guide Director Schneider’s conversations with the National Academies of Sciences (NAS) panel on “The Future of Education Research at IES.”

The letter can be found here: LEARN NAS Blog Letter_10.12.21

LEARN Submits ESRA Recommendations to HELP Committee

LEARN submitted recommendations to the Senate Subcommittee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) regarding the reauthorization of the Education Sciences Reform Act (ESRA). Throughout, LEARN proposed bill language that would help ensure IES is well supported in providing and disseminating strong education research to communities, schools and students nationwide.

The letter can be found here: LEARN ESRA Recommendations_7.26.21

LEARN Submits Comments to U.S. Department of Education on their 2022-2026 Learning Agenda

LEARN submitted comments to the U.S. Department of Education (ED) providing relevant research questions, knowledge gaps and evidence-building activities to guide ED’s 2022-2026 Learning Agenda. LEARN also proposed an additional area of focus, early childhood education, for ED to include in their Learning Agenda.

The letter can be found here: LEARN Learning Agenda Letter_9.16.21