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Advocacy Updates: Department of Education Funding & Student Protections under Title IX

Recent updates from Washington, D.C. on funding for the Department of Education and Title XI Implementation

Published On: July 2017

Equal protection for Students under Title IX
As published by the Department of Education, last week Secretary of Education Betsy Devos held listening sessions to “discuss the impact of the Department’s Title IX sexual assault guidance on students, families and institutions.”

SWE co-signed a letter from The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights to the Department of Education to support equal protection for student assault victim under Title IX. Historically, Title IX guarantees students within federally funded programs are legally guaranteed a grievance process that will ensure equitable resolutions for any discrimination based on gender.

It is vital that the Department of Education continue to support the full implementation of Title IX to ensure basic civil rights for students of all federally funded programs. To learn more about Title IX, view SWE’s overview of the legislation here.

Review of Subcommittee’s markup of the FY2018 Labor, Health and Human Services (LHHS), and Education Appropriations bill
On Thursday, July 13, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on LHHS held a hearing to mark up its Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 appropriations bill. While this bi-partisan subcommittee largely rejected the proposed $9.2 billion in cuts to the Department of Education (ED) this department still will face a $2.4 billion cut for FY18.

The bill also rejects the elimination of a number of programs in the Administration budget, such as the 21st Century Community Learning Centers program (down $191 million); Title IV, Part A Block Grant program (up $100 million); TRIO (up $60 million); Impact AID (up $5 million); Preschool Development grants (level funded); AmeriCorps (level funded); and the Innovative Approaches to Literacy grant program (level funded).  The current bill will be reviewed and debated by the full Appropriations Committee, likely before the conclusion of July.

In 5 Minutes: Take Action on the FY18 Proposed Budget
While the FY18 budget is still in committee review, take action now to advocate for equitable funding for STEM education and basic research. Cuts to key STEM education programs and scientific research will negatively impact the U.S. workforce, the future pipeline of engineers, and scientific advancement. Please take action and do the following:

 

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