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2017

AERA joined many other organizations on a letter to congressional leadership expressing support for the "Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act."   November 13, 2017 

AERA joined 25 organizations on a letter to Francis Collins, Director of the National Institutes of Health, regarding the implementation of the expanded definition of clinical trials.  October 27, 2017 

AERA joined more than 70 scientific organizations in a letter to President Trump expressing concerns over a September 24 White House Executive Order placing restrictions on travel to the United States from three additional countries: Chad, North Korea, and Venezuela.  October 17, 2017 

AERA submitted a response to the Institute of Education Sciences' invitation for public comment on two of its five research goals—Efficacy and Replication (Goal 3), and Effectiveness (Goal 4).  October 2, 2017 

AERA signed on to two letters, one to congressional leadership and one to the Office of Management and Budget, urging Congress and the Administration to support the recommendations issued by the Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking.   September 19, 2017 

AERA submitted testimony on the Institute of Education Sciences to the Senate LHHS Subcommittee.  June 2, 2017 

AERA signed on to a community letter urging President Trump to appoint the Director and staff for the Office of Science and Technology Policy. May 25, 2017

AERA joined 70 organizations in a letter to House and Senate sponsors to applaud the introduction of the College Transparency Act. May 24, 2017

AERA commented on a proposed extension to the data collection for the National Science Foundation’s Survey of Doctorate Recipients.   May 12, 2017 

2016

AERA submitted comments in response to a Request for Information from the Commission on Evidence-based Policymaking. December 14, 2016;

More than 85 organizations and 1,800 individuals signed a letter from the broad research community led by AERA and the Learning and Education Academic Research Network Coalition urging Congress to provide essential funding for IES in FY 2017 appropriations. October 25, 2016 

AERA signed on to a letter from the medical and scientific communities urging Congress to provide funding in to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in FY 2017 for research into the causes and prevention of gun violence.   April 6, 2016 

AERA submitted comments on the Department of Education's request for issues to consider for regulations and guidance for implementing the Every Student Succeeds Act.  January 21, 2016

AERA, ICPSR, and COSSA submitted comments in response to a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking with proposed revisions on the Common Rule, which governs federal policy for the protection of human subjects in research.  January 6, 2016 

2015

AERA provided comments to the U.S. Department of Education's proposal to require that all Department grantees awarded direct competitive grant funds openly license to the public all copyrightable intellectual property created with Department grant funds.  December 18, 2015 

AERA submitted comments in response to a Request for Information from the National Institutes of Health’s Office of Behavioral and Social Science Research on the development of its FY 2016-2020 strategic plan. November 20, 2015

The Friends of IES sent a letter to House Appropriations Committee leaders urging a 5.2 percent increase in funding for IES in FY 2016
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November 3, 2015

The Friends of IES joins the Task Force for Innovation and 10 science coalitions in calling on House and Senate appropriators to increase federal research funding by 5.2 percent in FY 2016
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November 2, 2015

AERA submitted comments in response to questions posed by Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Gary Peters (D-MI) on how STEM education and research commercialization should be addressed in the reauthorization of the America COMPETES Act. October 30, 2015 

Committee for Education Funding letter to House members urging support of the Balanced Budget Act of 2015
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October 28, 2015

NDD United letter urging support of the Balanced Budget Act of 2015
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October 27, 2015

More than 75 organizations and 1,700 individuals signed a letter from the broad research community led by AERA and the Learning and Education Academic Research Network opposing proposed cuts to IES in the House FY 2016 Labor-HHS appropriations bill. September 10, 2015 

AERA submitted comments in response to questions posed by Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Gary Peters (D-MI) regarding “Maximizing the Impact of Basic Research” in the reauthorization of the America COMPETES Act.  August 21, 2015 

AERA signed on to a letter from the scientific community thanking Senate Appropriations Committee members for highlighting the importance of ensuring that federally employed and contracted scientists and engineers are able to attend mission-relevant scientific and technical conferences in the markup of the FY 2016 Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act.

August 10, 2015 

AERA signed on to a letter from the scientific community thanking Senators Brian Schatz (D-HI) and Chris Coons (D-DE) for introducing an amendment allowing the Office of Management and Budget flexibility to update its 2012 memorandum on conference attendance for government employees. August 10, 2015 

AERA, along with more than 250 industry, higher education, scientific, and engineering organizations, have signed on to a call to action titled “Innovation: An American Imperative,” which urges Congress to enact policies and make investments that ensure the United States remains the global innovation leader. 

July, 2015 

On June 23, the Friends of IES, of which AERA is a leading member, sent a letter to the House Appropriations Committee expressing concerns about the allocation for the Institute of Education Sciences in the FY 2016 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies appropriations bill.
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June 23, 2015

The education research community, led by AERA and the Knowledge Alliance, sent Senator David Vitter (R-LA) a letter signed by more than 1,100 organizations and individuals opposing the Student Privacy Protection Act (S. 1341), a bill he introduced.  June 9, 2015 

AERA sent a letter to the Office of Management and Budget in response to a call for public comment on implementing the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act.  May 29, 2015

AERA sent a letter to the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology to oppose H.R. 1806, the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2015.  April 21, 2015 

AERA signed on to Friends of IES Letters for both the House and the Senate on FY 2016 IES Appropriations:
March 6, 2015

AERA signed on to a letter from the Coalition for National Science Funding urging Congress to appropriate $7.7 billion for the National Science Foundation (NSF) in fiscal year 2016 (FY16).
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March 5, 2015

AERA signed on to a letter from NDD United urging lawmakers to act quickly to stop sequestration. 
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February 18, 2015

AERA signed on to a statement from the Committee on Education Funding applauding the President's FY 2016 Budget  for prioritizing an investment in education. 
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February 12, 2015

2014

AERA urged the Census Bureau to retain a key question in the American Community Survey regarding respondents’ undergraduate degree field. The letter was prompted by a Census Bureau proposal to remove several questions from the ACS, including one on undergraduate degree field.
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December 29, 2014

AERA signed on to a letter from members of the Coalition to Promote Research (part of the Consortium of Social Science Associations) to Congress, urging the protection of the National Institute of Health's rigorous peer-review process.
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December 2, 2014

AERA signed on to a letter from members of the Coalition for National Science Funding to congratulate Representative Culberson on his appointment to Chair the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science. 

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December 2, 2014

AERA signed on to letters from members of the Coalition for National Science Funding and Close the Innovation Deficit to encourage Congress to agree on an omnibus appropriations bill for the remainder of FY 2015. 
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Read the Close the Innovation Deficit Letter (PDF)
November 2014

AERA submitted comments in response to a request for information from the National Center for Education Research and the National Center for Special Education Research on future priorities and characteristics of its funded research.
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October 31, 2014

AERA Executive Director Felice J. Levine issued a statement on the vote to advance the IES reauthorization bill out of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions.
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September 17, 2014

AERA signed on to a letter alongside 10 other U.S. science and engineering organizations to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senator Robert Menendez expressing support for the ratification of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities that recently passed the
Senate Foreign Relations Committee. 
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September 10, 2014

AERA signed on to a letter from members of the U.S. Science and engineering communities to Chairman Thomas R. Carper and Ranking Member Tom Coburn on the Senate Committee on Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs expressing concern about current and proposed restrictions on the ability of federal and contractor
scientists and engineers to participate in scientific and technical conferences. 
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July 29, 2014

AERA sent a letter to the Office of Management and Budget with recommendations for the proposed Statistical Policy Directive on the fundamental responsibilities of federal statistical agencies.
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July 21, 2014

AERA and 10 research organizations sent a letter to the chair and ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee urging senators to protect the autonomy, authority, and stature of the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), as it takes up the Strengthening Education Through Research Act (SETRA). 
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July 9, 2014

AERA and members of the Friends of IES sent a letter to the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies in support of adequate funding for the Institute of Education Sciences for FY 2015.
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June 17, 2014

AERA signed on to a letter from members of the Coalition for National Science Funding to Rep. Larry Bucshon and Rep. Lamar Smith to express concerns about the proposed FIRST Act.
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March 12, 2014

AERA Council endorsed the Singapore Statement providing global guidance for the responsible conduct of research, covering 14 responsibilities and four general principles: honesty in all aspects of research, accountability in the conduct of research, professional courtesy and fairness in working with others, and good stewardship of research on behalf of others.
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February 2, 2014

AERA sent a letter to the Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights about the Civil Rights Data Collection (CRDC), urging them to expand the data elements it collects.
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January 3, 2014

2013

AERA signed on to a letter from the Coalition for National Science Funding to House Science Committee Chairman Lamar Smith to comment on a discussion draft of the FIRST Act.
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December 19, 2013

AERA sent a letter of support to Congressman George Miller for his efforts to gather information on the working conditions of non-tenure-track faculty; AERA included the November 2014 report on Non-Tenure-Track Faculty in U.S. Universities.
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Read the report (PDF)
December 11, 2013

AERA signed on to a letter from Nondefense Discretionary (NDD) United, including 470 national organizations, to Congress, urging them to to replace sequestration with a bipartisan, balanced approach to deficit reduction. 
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December 4, 2013

AERA signed on to a letter from the American Association for the Advancement of Science and over 50 organizations to Chairman Lamar Smith of the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee on the importance of social and behavioral science research.
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October 16, 2013

AERA sent a letter to the Department of Education (DOE) Acting Deputy Secretary Jim Shelton commenting on the public draft of the DOE's Strategic Plan for FY 2014-2018.
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October 4, 2013

AERA released a statement on the June 2013 National Science Foundation (NSF) research rules requiring NSF to fund only political science research that is shown to advance “the national security or the economic interests of the United States.”
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June 11, 2013

AERA signed on to a letter with members of the Coalition for National Science Funding to House Science Committee Chairman Lamar Smith to express concerns about recent Congressional actions that call into question the National Science Foundation’s merit review process.
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May 20, 2013

AERA released a statement on Public Access to Federally Supported R&D Data.
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May 2013

AERA released a statement on Public Access to Federally Supported R&D Publications
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May 2013

AERA signed on to the Guiding Principles for the America COMPETES Act Reauthorization.
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April 2013

AERA signed on to a letter from Nondefense Discretionary (NDD) United, including 3,200 national, state, and local organizations, to Congress, urging them to replace sequestration with a bipartisan, balanced approach to deficit reduction.
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February 11, 2013

2012

AERA signed on to a letter from Nondefense Discretionary (NDD) United, including 3,200 national, state, and local organizations, to Congress, urging a balanced approach to deficit reduction that does not include further cuts to NDD programs.
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July 12, 2012

AERA signed on to a letter with 10 organizations to the Office of Management and Budget to express concerns regarding an amendment to an appropriations bill that would prohibit the Bureau of Reclamation and other agencies covered under the legislation from funding surveys in which money is included or provided for the benefit of the responder.
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June 28, 2012

AERA signed on to a letter from the Coalition for National Science Funding and organizational members of the social science community to the U.S. Senate urging that funding for the National Science Foundation (NSF) and its political science program be maintained. 
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June 13, 2012

AERA signed on to a letter from the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) to Congress to express concerns on amendments to the Data Accountability and Transparency Act that would place severe restrictions on government employees’ abilities to attend meetings and conferences.
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May 21, 2012

AERA sent a letter with comments to the Institute of Education Sciences on the public draft of the Department of Education Scientific Integrity Policy.
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May 15, 2012

As part of the Consortium of Social Science Associations (COSSA), AERA signed on to a letter to Senators urging a vote against amendments that reduce funding or eliminate programs at the National Science Foundation, particularly political science, in the FY 2013 Commerce, Justice, and Science Appropriations bill.
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May 2012

AERA sent a letter with comments to the National Assessment Governing Board on the National Association of Educational Procurement report Background Questions: An Underused National Resource.
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April 11, 2012

AERA Executive Director Felice J. Levine testified in front of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, and Science regarding FY 2013 appropriations for the National Science Foundation’s Directorate on Education and Human Resources.
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Read a summary in AERA Highlights
March 22, 2012

AERA sent letters to members of the Arizona House of Representatives and the Arizona State Senate urging action to restore the teaching of ethnic studies courses in the state.
February 22, 2012

AERA responds to Request for Information (RFI): “Public Access to Peer‐Reviewed Scholarly Publications Resulting from Federally Funded Research,” from the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP).
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January 12, 2012

AERA responds to Request for Information (RFI): “Public Access to Digital Data Resulting from Federally Funded Scientific Research,” from the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP).
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January 12, 2012

2011 and Prior

AERA, along with 21 social and behavioral science organizations, submitted a white paper in response to the Advanced Notice for Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) on potential revisions to the Common Rule.
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October 26, 2011

AERA submitted comments in response to proposed changes to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).
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May 23, 2011

AERA released a report with recommendations for the reauthorization of the Institute of Education Sciences. 
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April 10, 2011

AERA signed on to a statement of concern with a coalition of 31 organization to about visa problems for international scholars, an issue harmful to America’s scientific, economic, and security interests. 
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June 10, 2009

AERA submitted comments in response to proposed changes to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).
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May 8, 2008
 
 
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