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House Appropriations Committee Cuts and Next Steps

Saskia Traill

Saskia Traill is Senior Vice President of Policy & Research at ExpandED Schools.

Last week, the House Appropriations Committee voted to pass a spending bill that would cut $2.4 billion from the Department of Education.

While the House bill improved on the Trump Administration proposal by rejecting its shortsighted attempt to completely eliminate the 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) Program, it still results in a $191 million cut from the previous year. Ultimately, the House bill falls short in providing the critical support needed to provide high-quality and evidence-based after-school programming for 1.6 million children in families in high-need communities across the country.

In New York alone, the impact of the $190 million cut at the federal level would result in a $14.2 million cut to 21st CCLC in the state.

The House bill also rejects the Trump Administration proposal to cut Title I funding and eliminate AmeriCorps. However, we remain extremely concerned that the bill eliminates the Title II-A program, which provides more than $2 billion in support for evidence-based professional development for personnel serving students during and after the school day. We will not achieve educational equity for our nation’s children if we simply provide services without also working to ensure they are high quality.

ExpandED Schools would like to thank Labor, Health and Human Services (LHHS) Subcommittee Ranking Member, Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) and Representative David Price (D-NC) for introducing amendments that would have restored funding for the 21st CCLC program and the Title II-A professional development program. New York’s three Representatives on the committee, Jose Serrano, Nita Lowey and Grace Meng, all voted in favor of the 21st CCLC amendment.

We hope that the Senate will course correct and provide the necessary supports for critical education programs that help all children succeed, including at least level funding for 21st CCLC and Title II-A. ExpandED Schools and our fellow advocates, such as Every Hour Counts and others, will continue to keep you abreast of federal policy news and ways you can help. Stay up-to-date on the latest news by signing up here and keep calling your senators to let them know you care about education.