AFSA Attends CEF Budget Response Briefing

IMG_1499 (1)On Tuesday, May 13, 2014, AFSA attended The Committee for Education Funding (CEF) FY 2015 Budget Response Briefing held at the Capitol Visitor Center. The briefing was attended by Hill staff, CEF members, and other education stakeholders. AFSA is a member of CEF, a coalition of 114 national education associations and institutions from birth to postgraduate education.

The CEF Budget Response provides information on how the President’s Fiscal Year 2015 Budget would affect education programs and the lives of the students they benefit. The sections of the response focus on early education, K-12 education and higher ed. Presenters at the briefing explained in detail how the president’s proposal affected specific education programs in each section, and what the overall impact would be for students.

In the CEF Budget Response, AFSA is listed as one of the author’s and main contacts for the School Leadership Program. The School Leadership Program is very important to principals, as it is the only federal initiative specifically focused on supporting, recruiting and retaining school leaders. In his FY 15 Budget Request, President Obama proposed funding this program at $35 million. This would be an increase of $9,237,000 over last year’s enacted levels. AFSA supports the increase, as the additional funds will help principals and assistant principals obtain the training they need to oversee instructional innovation and create learning climates where all teachers and students thrive.

Following the briefing, AFSA helped deliver the CEF Budget Response to dozens of Hill offices, and advocate for increased funding for education and support for school leaders.