FY 2017 Budget and Appropriations
What provisions does this year's budget include for education technology?
In December, President Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), the first update to the Elementary and Secondary Education Act since 2001. Provisions in SSAEG focus on helping districts effectively use technology. Including the program in the final bill was a major victory, but now Congress needs to fund it. CoSN issued a statement urging Congress to provide $1.6 billion for the Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grant.
President Obama's FY 2017 budget request, submitted to Congress on February 9, 2016, included $500 million for the new Student Success and Academic Enrichment Grant program, which promotes effective technology use. This request is disappointing given ESSA's $1.6 billion authorization level for the program. CoSN called upon Congress to increase funding for ed tech. CoSN also sent a letter to the House Appropriations Subcommittee and joined with a broad-based coalition of national and state associations calling for robust ed tech funding. Representatives Kline and Scott sent a letter to Congressional appropriators asking for full funding for the Student Support and Academic Enrichment (SSAEG ) grant program (link to attached letter.
TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE – Please contact your Senators and Representatives today and urge them to ask the Appropriations Committees to provide $1.6 billion for the Student Support and Academic Enrichment grant program. You can send a letter through the Advocacy Network.
What’s CoSN Doing?
CoSN is calling upon Congress to take the next step in its FY 2017 budget and provide $1.6 billion for the Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grant to advance ESSA's implementation. CoSN sent a letter to the House Appropriations Subcommittee and joined with a broad-based coalition of national and state associations urging increased support.
CoSN has prepared talking points for you to use on this issue.
What Can You Do?
Join the CoSN Advocacy Network. We will let you know when it is a good time to send a message on appropriations to your Congressmen!