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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

Action Alert: Urge Congress to Support Federal Funding for Education Research

AERA and the Learning and Education Academic Research Network (LEARN) are circulating a sign-on letter from the research community urging House appropriators to support education research at the Institute of Education Sciences in the FY 2017 budget.

Read the letter and complete this form to sign on as an individual or on behalf of an organization. The deadline to sign the letter is Monday, October 3.

For more information, see the AERA Highlights story on the proposed funding cuts for IES in the House FY 2017 Labor-Health and Human Services-Education appropriations bill and AERA’s statement in opposition. You may also contact govrelations@aera.net with any questions.

Latest AERA Policy & Advocacy Headlines
AERA Comments on 2018 Standard Occupational Classification Revision - Seeks Inclusion of Education Researchers
September 2016

AERA submitted comments to the Office of Management and Budget on the proposed revisions to the 2018 Standard Occupational Classification (SOC). In the letter, AERA provided justification for an explicit inclusion of education researchers as a category and specific solutions to the current omission of education researchers.

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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