Lawmakers grill DeVos about 2021 budget proposal

House appropriators grilled Education Secretary Betsy DeVos at a contentious Feb. 27 hearing. The Trump/DeVos budget proposal for fiscal year 2021, released earlier this month, would slash education funding by $6.1 billion—8.4 percent—compared to the amount Congress provided this year, which included significant increases in key programs like Title I and IDEA. Other budget lowlights


February 24-28 is Public Schools Week

A record number of lawmakers signed the bipartisan, bicameral resolution declaring February 24-28 Public Schools Week: 45 senators and more than 70 representatives—and still growing. The resolution recognizes the importance of our nation’s public schools and honors those who work tirelessly to support and strengthen them. Public education is the foundation of 21st century democracy.


Make higher education more affordable and accessible

Members of the NEA Board of Directors met with lawmakers earlier this month and urged them to reauthorize the Higher Education Act (HEA) and address the urgent need to make college more affordable and accessible. The College Affordability Act (H.R. 4674), a comprehensive reauthorization of the law, cleared the House Education and Labor Committee but

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Two decades later, the Higher Ed Act needs an update, say NEA members

DeWayne Sheaffer, president of NEA’s National Council of Higher Education and counselor at Long Beach City College. Photo credit: Jati Lindsay.

By Mary Ellen Flannery For Enrique Farrera, an academic advisor from Clackamas Community College in Oregon, the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act is about affordability and access—and that’s what he told Oregon legislators in their Capitol Hill offices last week. On Thursday, members of the NEA Board of Directors flanked Capitol Hill, making personal