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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

Latest AERA Policy & Advocacy Headlines

White House, Congress Agree to Budget Deal

October 2015

The White House and Congress have reached a deal that would allow for modest increases in spending for federal agencies that fund education research, including the Institute of Education Sciences, National Science Foundation, and National Institutes of Health, among others. Read more


Sept. 25 Friends of IES Congressional Briefing Slides Now Available

September 2015

AERA co-organized the Friends of IES briefing, “Building Strength in Numbers: How Do Early Interventions in Math Instruction Add Up?” that featured IES-funded research on math education in early learning. This Washington, DC, briefing took place 9:30 – 10:30 am on September 25 in the Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room 562. View photos and slides from the briefing.


Research Community Sends Letter to House Opposing IES Cuts

September 2015

On September 10, AERA and LEARN sent a letter to the House Appropriations Committee from the research community expressing strong opposition to the IES cuts in the House FY 2016 Labor-HHS-Education bill and calling for funding to be restored. More than 75 organizations and institutions of higher education, as well as more than 1,700 individuals nationwide, signed the final letter. Read more


AERA Offers Comments on NSF Reauthorization

August 2015

Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Gary Peters (D-MI), members of the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, are leading the charge in developing a bipartisan bill to reauthorize the National Science Foundation. AERA submitted comments on the initial round table discussion, “Maximizing the Impact of Basic Research.” Read more

Read the comments submitted by AERA


FERPA Proposals Put Alignment Between Privacy, Data Quality, and Data Use at Risk

May 2015

Student data privacy continues to be a hot topic in Congress, with potentially harmful consequences for researchers following the introduction of new privacy bills. Read more

Read researchers' statement opposing the Vitter Privacy Bill

Congress Makes Headway on FY 2016 Budget and Appropriations

April 2015

Congress is in the midst of developing a budget and determining funding levels for the 2016 fiscal year (FY). The House and Senate Budget Committee chairs have advanced a compromise agreement. The budget agreement is expected to be debated on the House floor beginning April 30, and introduced in the Senate during the first week of May. Read more

OIA 2015 Fall Policy Meeting

The 2015 Annual Fall Policy Meeting for members of the Organization of Institutional Affiliates was held on September 20 and 21 in Washington, D.C. Read more about the meeting.

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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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