FY16 Bill Status: House Funding Bill Eliminates Education Programs

AFSA, along with the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) and New Leaders sent a joint letter to Chairmen Blunt and Cole and Ranking Members Murray and DeLauro urging them to continue funding the School Leadership Program in the Fiscal Year 2016 Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations bill (Read the full letter here).


The House and Senate education appropriations process kicked-off June 17 with the House LHHS-Ed Subcommittee marking up its FY16 bill. The House bill approved by the Subcommittee would cut funding for the education department by $2.771 billion, or -4.1% (a cut larger than the FY 2013 sequester cuts) and would eliminate at least 27 education programs. Overall, K-12 programs would be cut by $2.03 billion, even after accounting for the $502 million increase for special education.


Many of the programs the bill would eliminate represent Administration priorities, including the School Improvement Grant program, Investing in Innovation (i3), and preschool development grants. The bill would also eliminate the School Leadership Program and slash $668 million from the Teacher Quality grant program.


This week, the five top Democratic leaders in the House sent a letter to Speaker Boehner (R-OH) asking him to “immediately schedule” budget negotiations in order to avoid a government shutdown. In sum, this and other low funding level spending bills will likely fail to pass before the end of the fiscal year, leading to a potential government shutdown and/or forcing negotiations on a new budget deal.


The House Appropriations Committee will markup the LHHS-Ed bill on June 24. The Senate LHHS-Ed Appropriations Subcommittee markup will occur on June 23, with the full Senate Appropriations Committee expected to take up the subcommittee bill two days later.


The full list of the 27 programs that the House funding bill eliminated are below:

(all numbers below in thousands)

  1. School improvement State grants = $-505,756
  2. Striving readers = $-160,000
  3. Title I Evaluation = $-710
  4. Preschool development grants = $-250,000
  5. Mathematics and science partnerships = $-152,717
  6. Safe and drug-free schools and communities national programs = $-70,000
  7. Elementary and secondary school counseling = $-49,561
  8. Carol M. White Physical Education Program = $-47,000
  9. Investing in Innovation = $-120,000
  10. Teacher incentive fund grants = $-230,000
  11. Transition to teaching =$-13,700
  12. School leadership = $-16,368
  13. Magnet schools assistance = $-91,647
  14. Advanced placement = $-28,483
  15. Ready-to-learn television = $-25,741
  16. Innovative Approaches to Literacy = $-24,786
  17. Full Service Community Schools  = $-10,000
  18. Javits Gifted and Talented = $-10,000
  19. Non-Cognitive Initiative = $-2,000
  20. Education Facilities Clearinghouse = $-994
  21. Arts in Education = $-25,000
  22. Special Olympics Education programs = $-$7,593 (though IDEA Technical assistance and dissemination is increased by this same amount)
  23. First in the World = $-60,000
  24. Centers of Excellence for Veteran Student Success = $-4,950
  25. National Center for students with disabilities = $-2,475
  26. Teacher quality partnership (HEA) = $-40,592
  27. Regional educational laboratories = $-54,423

Source: Bernstein Strategy Group