Action Alert: Education Cuts in Proposed Federal Appropriations Bill

The House Appropriations Committee voted in favor of the FY2016 Labor-HHS-Education appropriations bill that would potentially result in Education Department budget cuts of $2.8 billion. The American Education Research Association (AERA) notes that "the proposed cuts have the potential to undermine critical research and halt progress for students across the country."

More information about the current status of the bill is available from the July issue of AERA Highlights. Read the entire newsletter article HERE: "House and Senate Appropriations Committees Vote to Cut Education Spending."

Among other items, the proposed cuts could reduce the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) budget by nearly $164 million. In response, the Learning and Education Academic Research Network (LEARN) and AERA have drafted a letter to House members from the broader research community expressing strong opposition to the cuts and calling for the funding to be restored. They are collecting signatures both from organizations and individuals.

The AMTE Board voted to join the letter to House members as a signatory organization. 

If you would like to add your name or the name of the organization you represent, please click here and complete the form. AERA also encourages members and others to share the letter with colleagues who might be interested in signing.

To take individual action or if you have questions, contact Juliane Baron, Director of Government Relations, at or Christy Talbot, Program Associate, at