NAPE Public Policy Update
NAPE's 2018 Public Policy Award Winners
Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT),
President Pro Tem, U.S. Senate

Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL), House Committee on Education and the Workforce
Learn more about Public Policy Day during NAPE's 2018 Summit.
 President Trump Signs Spending Bill That Includes Billions More for Education 
(Courtesy of Education Week)
President Donald Trump signed into law spending legislation that provides a significant funding increase for the U.S. Department of Education, including more money for educator development, after-school programs, and special education, among other programs to include a  $75 million increase to the Perkins Basic State Grant, raising Perkins budget to nearly $1.2 billion to states based on the federal to state formula. Read more >>

Congress Rebukes DeVos Over Her Plans to Reorganize the Education Department  
(Courtesy of the Washington Post)
Congress rebuked Education Secretary Betsy DeVos in a massive new spending bill not only by rejecting many of her 2019 budget priorities but also in this unusual way: It inserted language forbidding her from making fundamental changes in her own department's budget office. Read more >> 
Senate Hearing on President's Infrastructure Proposal 
(Courtesy of ACTE) 
On March 14, the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee held a hearing to discuss the Administration's $1.5 trillion infrastructure proposal. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta joined four other cabinet secretaries to testify on the proposal. (ACTE has previously reported on the President's proposal, which does not designate any new funding to the workforce section of the plan. Read more >> 
Policy Soundbites
Private School and Title IX
There is considerable confusion among private K-12 school families-and misinformation from OCR staff-regarding Title IX in private schools that receive federal funds.  Some families whose schools receive federal funds have filed a complaint with OCR only to be told that OCR doesn't have jurisdiction over the complaint. Without further explanation, the family believes they have no recourse to file a Title IX complaint. The family only failed to file the complaint with the agency that provided funding (often the Department of Agriculture). To clarify how families can determine whether their private school receives federal funding and how to file a complaint with the appropriate federal agency, SSAIS requested the creation of Title IX and Private Schools. This blog will be referenced in the forthcoming SSAIS parent toolkit.

Record Number of House Members Sign Perkins Funding Letter 
(Courtesy of ACTE)
Today, the Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 Perkins funding "dear colleague" letter was submitted to the House Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Subcommittee with a new record of 170 signatures! Thanks to the hard work of CTE advocates nationwide, this total includes 46 Republicans and 124 Democrats representing 40 different states or territories. The letter, addressed to Subcommittee Chair Tom Cole (R-OK) and Ranking Member Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) urges "strong support for the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act in FY 2019" funding bills.  This unprecedented show of support should help to establish CTE as a priority as Congress moves through the budget and appropriations process. We extend our appreciations to every lawmaker who signed the letter, and to House CTE Caucus Co-chairs Reps. Glenn Thompson (R-PA) and Jim Langevin (D-RI), who led this effort. A complete list of signers can be found here.

Statement of American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten in support of the Student Non-Discrimination Act 
"The AFT has always advocated proudly for LGBTQ students, and we endorse this bill to prohibit discrimination against them in school programs. No child should fear being barred from a school program or denied the resources to participate simply because of who they are, and all students deserve a safe, supportive educational environment where they are treated equally and fairly. Yet we know that a much harsher reality still persists for too many of our LGBTQ students. Our federal government must work with schools to create safe, inclusive and welcoming learning environments, free of bullying and harassment, and the AFT stands behind this bill's efforts to deny federal funds to schools offering anything less."