Federal Funding for Education

Issue Brief and Resources

NSBA primarily advocates for increases to two federal programs that are the largest sources of federal funding to school districts and also operate as mandates:

  • Title I grants: The main source of federal funding for the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act
  • IDEA grants: Special education funding under the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)

Federal funding for elementary and secondary education programs has remained nearly flat from FY2005 to FY2007 because of a shift in budget priorities and a perpetual gridlock of recent Congressional appropriations processes.

What to Tell Congress: NSBA's Position

NSBA urges Congress to increase the federal investment for public education programs, including:

  • Increasing Title I grants for disadvantaged students by $2.5 billion.
  • Increasing IDEA grants for special education by $2.5 billion.
  • Rejecting the proposed cuts/eliminations to other programs, including vocational education and education technology.
  • Rejecting any private school voucher proposals.

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Additional Resources

NSBA Issue Brief: Federal Funding for Education
Learn more about NSBA's position on federal funding for education.

NSBA letter re. FY2014 Labor-Health & Human Services-Education Appropriations bill

NSBA Letter to Senate Committee on Appropriations re. FY2014 Labor-Health & Human Services Education Appropriations bill

NSBA letter re. H.R. 6684, the Spending Reduction Act of 2012
NSBA urges the opposition of the Spending Reduction Act of 2012 (H.R. 6684), as this bill and other similar measures would significantly undermine key federal investments in education.

Budget Control Act of 2011
Learn more about the Budget Control Act of 2011 and its implications on education programs.

NSBA Recommendations for the Race to the Top District (RTT-D) Competition
June 8, 2012 - NSBA feels the RTT-D grant criteria must reflect the primacy of LEAs and consortia in applying for and implementing reforms. NSBA recommendations for the RTT-D competition are within

NSBA letters re. FY2013 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies Appropriations bill
NSBA urges Senators to preserve funding for special education and Title I grants for disadvantaged students in the FY2013 funding bill

NSBA Letter re. The Budget Control Act of 2011
NSBA urges Members of Congress regarding the Budget Control Act of 2011 and the unprecedented impact that this law could have on education programs

Fiscal Year 2011 Appropriations for Education Programs (as of July 20, 2011)
This chart highlights federal funding for select education programs.

Fiscal Year 2011 Appropriations for Education Programs (as of March 9, 2011)
This chart highlights federal funding for select education programs.

National Organizations Opposing the Balanced Budget Amendment
Learn why these organizations believe this amendment has no place in the Constitution.

NSBA's Letter to Secretary Duncan
November 19, 2010 - Striving Readers Comprehensive Literacy Program (SRCL).

NSBA's Comments on Proposed Priorities for Discretionary Grant Programs
September 7, 2010 - NSBA submitted comments in response to the Secretary of Education's Notice of Proposed Priorities for Discretionary Grant Programs.

FY 2011 Funding Chart
This chart highlights proposed funding levels for select education programs.

NSBA’s Actions to Support an Economic Stimulus Package for Schools
View a summary of NSBA's efforts to include education funding in the economic stimulus law.

NSBA's Statement on the Passage of the Economic Stimulus Bill
Statement by Executive Director Anne Bryant on the passage of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

NSBA's Funding Chart
Final funding levels for education programs in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

NSBA Statement on the Proposed American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009
Statement by Executive Director Anne L. Bryant

Summary of School Construction Survey Results
School board members identify $17 billion worth of construction projects subject to credit barriers, funding shortfalls.

Recommendations for Immediate Fiscal Assistance to School Districts
NSBA's recommendations for urgent assistance to local school districts as part of an economic stimulus package.

FY 2009 House & Senate Appropriations Committee Recommendations
Proposed FY 2009 funding levels for key education programs. The House and Senate passed a continuing resolution for the FY 2008 funding levels through March 2009.

FY 2009 Education Funding Budget Update: March 28, 2008
A summary and comparison of the House and Senate FY 2009 budget resolutions.

NSBA Analysis of the President's FY 2009 Budget Request
President Bush released his Fiscal Year 2009 budget request on February 4, 2008. Learn more about the proposed funding levels.

Comparison of Title I Funding by State for FY 2008
State-by-state allocations for Title I grants and IDEA (Part B) grants for FY 2008.

FY 2008 Appropriations Chart
The numbers are out - check out the funding levels for education for Fiscal Year 2008.

NSBA Editorial: The promised veto of the funding bill should be rejected

 
 
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