Advocacy Tool: NCSER Funding Map and Overview (September, 2016)
DR and CEC’s Public Policy unit teamed up recently to develop materials that depict some features of federal funding over the last decade – including the sharp decline in funding - for the National Center for Special Education Research (NCSER), located in the Institute of Education Sciences (IES), the research arm of the US Department of Education. These materials were used in July 2016 by participants in CEC’s Legislative Summit during their visits to Congressional offices and will continue to be used in CEC’s efforts to secure adequate funding for NCSER research initiatives. See Betsy Talbott’s Summer 2016 DR President’s Message for an overview of recent and upcoming advocacy plans.
The DR Board encourages DR members to review the NCSER Funding Map and Overview (2005-1015) and use this document as you engage in discussions over the critical importance of continued strong federal funding for research related to the development and education of children and youth with disabilities. The map shows where NCSER grants have been awarded, by state, over the last decade and the overview clearly illustrates the significant decline in federal funding from $83 million in FY 2005 to $54 million in FYs 2014-2016.
DR Joins Labor-HHS-ED Community in Urging Higher Federal Spending in FY 2017 (February, 2016)
Now that President Obama has issued his budget request
for FY 2017 which begins October 1, 2016, works begins in Congress to
develop and pass appropriations bills, hopefully before the start of the
new fiscal year. The Division for Research joined over 600 other
organizations in February 2016 in sending a letter
to leaders of the US House and Senate appropriations committees urging
that they allocate as high a funding level as possible to labor, health,
education and related programs and services in the FY 2017 3012(b)
allocations for their respective subcommittees. Each appropriations
subcommittee is allocated a certain amount of funding under the full
Committee’s 302(a) allocation. These allocations, which are referred to
as 302(b) allocations, establish the cap on spending for each of the
appropriations bills. The subcommittees themselves do not determine the
level of funding for each appropriations bill; they only determine how
that money is spent among the agencies and programs under the
subcommittee’s jurisdiction. Noting that programs and services of the
“Labor-HHS” spending bill continue to be short changed in the annual
appropriations process (these programs received a 3.3% increase in 2016
over the 2015 appropriation, while nondefense discretionary programs
overall saw a 6.9% increase), this joint letter asks Congressional
leaders to take the first step in their appropriations process to
re-invest in these programs.
Friends of IES to Hold Capitol Hill Special Education Research Event March 4 - You are Invited!
If you'll be in Washington, DC on March 4, plan to attend this event. Friends of IES,
a collaboration of organizations (including AERA, CEC, APA, NCLD, SRI,
Vanderbilt University and others) supporting IES funding and programs,
has invited national experts in the field of special education
transition to make a presentation for Hill staff and the public
highlighting one area of significant IES research investments and
outcomes: Transitioning to Adult Productivity: Supporting
Secondary Students with Disabilities in Successful Movement to College
and Career. This event is designed to help familiarize
policy makers with the work of IES, in particular on research supported
by the Institute's National Center for Special Education Research
(NCSER). Presenters will be: Mary Wagner (SRI International), David
Test (UNC Charlotte), Laurie Powers (Portland State University), and
Erik Carter (Vanderbilt University). Check out the invitation for details and RSVP.
URGENT! Stand Up for Education Research Funding!
education research community is sending a letter to leaders of the
House Appropriations Committee opposing their proposal to slash federal
funding for IES-sponsored education research for FY 2016. Special
education research would be cut by more than $18 million to $36 million,
the lowest funding level in more than 20 years, and 54% lower than FY
2004 when the special education research program was transferred to IES!
If enacted, NCSER would be unable to fund new research grants in the
coming year. Similar cuts in funding for NCER are also proposed. The DR
Board of Directors strongly urges you to sign-on to the community
letter, prepared by LEARN and AERA,
as individual researchers, encourage your colleagues to do the same,
and ask your department, college and university to sign on as well.
Sign-ons can be completed online - it will take you only a minute - at: http://goo.gl/forms/9EpbPULi9h . You can see the letter before you sign-on. Join DR, CEC and many other organizations and individuals to express your concern. Deadline: Please sign-on as soon as you read this; the absolute deadline for sign-ons is September 3, 2015!
IES Issues Technical Work Group Recommendations (March 2015)
Two Technical Working Group Summaries
Are Now Available: "Practitioner Perspectives on Emerging Research
Needs" and "Improving Relevance in Education and Research and Researcher
Perspectives on Strengthening IES’s Research Grant and Training
DR Comments on IES Research Priorities and Programs (November 2014)
In response to an invitation from IES,
the DR Board of Directors consulted with members and submitted a response in late 2014
outlining our perspective on areas in need of research support in
special education. The DR Board welcomes member comments. See the DR response
Congress Completes Work on FY 2015 Appropriations: ED Research Level Funded (December 2014)
In December, 2014 Congress passed and the President signed an omnibus
appropriations bill funding federal government programs through the end
of FY 2015 (September 2014 - June 2015). For the two IES research
centers, NCSER and NCER, the result was the same level of funding as in
FY 2014. NCSER is receiving $54 million and NCER $179.9 million. See the funding levels for all US Department of Education programs.