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AERA Government Relations

As the primary advocate of education research in the nation’s capital, AERA monitors federal legislation, policy, and regulations affecting education research, and identifies opportunities to influence the development and protection of sound science policy. Read more

“Meet Members of Congress in Your District” Webinar

The House and Senate have adjourned for a six-week district work period until Labor Day. This is a perfect opportunity for education researchers who seek to broaden the connections between education research and its sound uses in policy and research to visit members of Congress while they are home. Learn strategies and build skills in communicating research to elected officials in their district offices in the AERA webinar, “Meet Members of Congress in Your District” webinar on the Virtual Research Leaning Center. Tools and additional resources are available on the AERA Advocacy Toolkit.

Friends of IES Holds Congressional Briefing

AERA co-organized the Friends of IES briefing, “Transitioning to Adult Productivity: Supporting Secondary Students with Disabilities in Successful Movement to College and Career.” The briefing featured IES-funded research on improving transition outcomes for students with disabilities. This Washington, DC, briefing took place 10:00-11:15 am on March 4th in the Capitol Visitors Center, Room SVC-203. View briefing slides and photos here.

Latest AERA Policy & Advocacy Headlines

House Education Appropriations Bill Includes Proposed Cuts to IES — AERA Presses for Restoration

July 2016

On July 14, the House Appropriations Committee passed the Labor, Health and Human Services and Education spending bill for the 2017 fiscal year. The legislation would cut funding for the Institute of Education Sciences by $82 million, or 13.3 percent, from $618 million to $536 million for FY 2017.

Read the AERA letter to House appropriators.

President Obama Fills Three Positions on National Board for Education Sciences

July 2016

President Barack Obama announced the appointment of AERA past-president Jeannie Oakes, Presidential Professor Emeritus in Educational Equity at the University of California, Los Angeles, to serve on the National Board for Education Sciences on July 13.

Senate Committee Passes NSF Reauthorization Bill

July 2016

On June 29, the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee passed the American Innovation and Competitiveness Act of 2016, which reauthorizes the National Science Foundation. The bill passed on voice vote with only Sen. Deb Fischer (R-NE) voting against it.

Senate Appropriations Committee Approves Small Cuts to IES, Boost to NIH in LHHS Bill

June 2016

For the first time in seven years, the Senate Appropriations Committee passed a bipartisan Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education (LHHS) Appropriations bill this month. The $161.9 billion bill for FY 2017 is a net reduction of $270 million from FY 2016.

Education Department Accepting Comments on Draft ESSA Accountability Regulations

June 2016

The Department of Education issued draft regulations on May 31 that would guide states and school districts in implementing the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The draft regulations focus on three areas: accountability, state plans, and data reporting.

SBS Resources

Documents and links to ongoing projects that detail the benefits of social and behavioral science (SBS) research as part of AERA’s efforts to protect federal investment in SBS.

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