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%.