Advocates Criticize House 302(b) Allocation For Labor-HHS-Education

The Committee for Education Funding (CEF), a coalition of national education associations and institutions spanning early learning to postgraduate education, criticizes spending ceilings adopted for the FY 2016 Labor-HHS-Education budget.

In a letter to House leaders, CEF asks members to restore the Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 302(b) allocation for the Labor, HHS, Education appropriations subcommittee to at least the FY 2010 level of $163.6 billion. Programs and services funding through the Labor-HHS-Education bills have been cut by 12% ($21 billion) since FY 2010, adjusted for inflation.

In real terms, FY 2015 is at its second lowest level since FY 2001 — the only lower year being FY 2013 when sequestration’s across-the-board cuts took effect, the group said. Without an increase in the 302(b) allocation, it will be virtually impossible to invest in proven programs — such as moving the federal share of funding for IDEA special education closer to the promised level of 40%.

About Frank Klimko

Frank Klimko is a nationally known journalist, grants expert and speech writer/speaker. He has years of experience helping nonprofits devise lists of the right funding opportunities and secure funding from these foundations and corporate entities. Clients have focused on an array of areas including child care, homeless, hunger and K-12 education. Additionally, he is a Freedom of Information Act expert, who has helped numerous clients with securing proprietary information from the federal government. Currently, Frank Klimko writes the Children & Youth Funding Report and Private Grants Alert, which are Washington DC-based publications. CYF is a daily publication covering Congress, the Education Dept. and the various federal regulatory agencies. PGA, another daily publication, covers the world of private philanthropy.
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