Last week Congress avoided a possible shutdown of the federal government when it approved and sent to President Trump a consolidated appropriations bill (H.R. 244) to fund public education and other federal programs throughout the remainder of federal Fiscal Year 2017, which runs through Sept. 30. The so-called “omnibus” bill (H.R. 244) was passed by the House of Representatives on a vote of 309-118 and by the U.S. Senate on a vote of 79-18. It was signed into law by President Trump on May 5.
Overall, in the education area, the FY 2017 omnibus bill, makes net cuts of about $1.1 billion, but provides a more than a $1 billion increase compared with comparable 2016 funding levels for Title I grants for disadvantaged students, special education, Impact Aid, and student support programs under Title IV (ESSA). The text of the bill for the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services and Education is available here. Continue reading President Signs Spending Bill to Fund Federal Government Thru Sept. 30
The following are the resolutions adopted by member school boards and submitted before the Sept 15 deadline to the WASB for review by the Policy & Resolutions Committee. The committee meets for the first time Sept 30-Oct 1.
The committee determines which resolutions to recommend be advanced to the Delegate Assembly, which meets annually at the time of the State Education Convention in January. If approved by the Delegate Assembly, the resolutions become the official positions of the WASB. Resolutions turned down by the committee are still afforded an opportunity to be brought to the Delegate Assembly floor under the WASB’s Bylaws. Continue reading The Resolutions Submitted by School Boards for Policy and Resolutions Committee Review
The WASB’s Executive Committee (President Stu Olson, Vice President Terry McCloskey, 2nd Vice President Mary Jo Rozmenoski and Immediate Past President Wanda Owens), Executive Director John Ashley, and lobbyists Dan Rossmiller and Chris Kulow met this week with Wisconsin’s Congressional offices to discuss federal funding and legislation impacting Wisconsin schools.
Continue reading WASB Reaches Out To Our Congressional Representatives
The U.S. House Appropriations Committee today released a draft of the Labor, Health and Human Services (LHHS) funding bill for fiscal year 2016, which will be considered in what is known as a “markup” session in subcommittee tomorrow (6/17). The draft bill includes funding for programs within the federal Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and other related agencies.
The allocations in the bill are based on the House budget resolution that passed on a party-line vote with only Republicans voting in favor and no Democrats voting to support.
According to descriptions provided by the House committee, the draft bill includes a total of $153 billion in discretionary funding, which is a reduction of $3.7 billion below the fiscal year 2015 enacted level and $14.6 billion below the President’s budget request. Continue reading House Appropriations Committee Unveils Federal Education Spending Proposal