It is still uncertain when Congress will reconvene, and when it will tackle appropriations spending for education. Meanwhile, we worked with Members of Congress until they left town at the end of March to further MSAP funding. At our request, many MSA members wrote to Members of Congress requesting continued support of MSAP funding as Appropriations Committee Members assembled budget line item requests. These communications, on top of MSA’s work with Congressional staff, resulted in an all-important increase in Senate support. The number of Senators signing MSA’s letter rose from three last year to twelve this year. MSA will keep our membership apprised of the outcomes with the final bill.
Meanwhile, MSA has reached out to the Department of Education to let them know that some of our members are having difficulty finishing their APRs and may be challenged in hitting the deadline for grant applications. Our communication was received and appreciated.