Washington Insider: Budget

Opportunities for Community Schools in ESSA

Recently, the Coalition for Community Schools hosted their biannual partners meeting, with special guest speaker, Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD)- a longtime advocate of Community Schools. The main focus of the meeting was on how the new Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) law, formerly No Child Left Behind (NCLB), is ripe with opportunity for Community Schools and the time to harness this opportunity is NOW. … more

Budget Update: Still Opportunities for Advocacy

In our last blog post, we expressed our concern for the nearing debt ceiling default date and the ending of the temporary continuing resolution for the nation’s budget. Along with many other human service organizations, we asked congress to prevent the U.S. from going into default on its ability to pay its loans and grant sequestration relief to both defense and non-defense discretionary spending. It appears that the work of our sector has paid off, as the House and Senate passed the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 Oct. 30. The deal lifts the amount the U.S. can borrow, increasing our debt ceiling, and providing a two-year budget that contains sequestration relief. … more

Effects of the Government Shutdown on Human Services

As we move through the first week of the government shutdown many are concerned about the effects on grants and other resources needed to provide essential human services. What follows is a short summary of the shutdown effects on major grant programs. Federal agencies' shutdown contingency plans are available online through the U.S. Office of Management and Budget. … more

Understanding the Effects of the Sequester

This afternoon, the U.S. Senate defeated the last two possible legislative options to stop the federal budget sequester. As tomorrow marks the much awaited deadline to avoid it, the time has come to face the impacts it will have on our programs and budgets. As you likely know, spending cuts totaling $85 billion will almost certainly take effect tomorrow, March 1. … more

Fiscal Cliff: Still on the Edge

As you’ve probably seen in the news, late last night Congress managed a last-minute and partial response to the fiscal cliff. We wanted to share what that legislation contains, as well as highlight the significant work still to come.

In addition to many smaller provisions, the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012: … more

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