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Letter to the House and Senate Budget Committees Outlining NEA's asks for the FY2010 Congressional Budget Resolution

March 23, 2009

Dear Representative:


On behalf of the National Education Association's (NEA) 3.2 million members, we would like to express our views on the FY 2010 congressional budget resolution. 

The budget resolution should reflect the priorities of our nation, and ensuring all of our children a quality education should be a top priority.  Particularly in these troubling economic times, investing in education makes both good fiscal sense and good public policy.  Funding targeted to quality public schools will see the greatest return on taxpayer money and will strengthen the entire economy.

To this end, we urge the Budget Committee to craft a Congressional Budget Resolution that builds on the historic increases for education included in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).  Specifically, we request an overall increase of $7.61 billion for education programs, including:

  • An additional $3.36 billion for IDEA/special education – to bring the federal percentage of funding to 30 percent and keep us on a path toward the promised 40 percent federal share.
  • An additional $3.01 billion for Title I state grants by – to bring funding to 90 percent of the authorized level and help ensure disadvantaged students the assistance they need to succeed.
  • An additional $227 million for Teacher Quality State Grants – to bring the program to its authorized level.
  • An increase of $491 million for 21st Century Community Learning Centers – to move toward the President’s goal of providing quality after school services for an additional one million children.
  • An increase of $237 million for English Language Acquisition Grants to ensure quality services for English Language Learners.
  • An additional $279 million for Career and Technical Education – to restore funding to the FY04 level, adjusted for inflation and enrollment growth.
  • Making the federal Pell Grant program mandatory and indexing Pell Grant awards to the Consumer Price Index plus one percent as proposed by President Obama.

We also urge you to craft a budget that supports the Administration’s commitment to providing access to quality, affordable and comprehensive health care coverage for all residents of the United States.

Thank you for your consideration of our views on these important issues.

Sincerely,

Diane Shust
Director of Government Relations

Randall Moody
Manager of Federal Advocacy