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House Includes Bonamici’s Public Education Provisions in Funding Plan

September 13, 2017
Press Release


WASHINGTON, DC [09/13/17] – Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR), Vice Ranking Member of the House Education Committee, announced that two of her provisions to strengthen public education were included in the House bill to set funding levels for Fiscal Year 2018.

The House accepted Bonamici’s two amendments to the Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Bill. One amendment highlights the importance of fully funding the Student Support and Academic Enrichment (SSAE) Grants under the Every Student Succeeds Act. SSAE Grants give states and local school districts the flexibility and funding to meet the unique needs of their students. School districts can use the funding to provide students with a well-rounded education, including mental health services, music and arts programs, and digital literacy courses.

The other amendment increases funding for State Assessment Grants, which provide states and local education agencies with support to make their assessment systems more effective by reducing duplicative tests, giving educators more time to collaborate and plan instruction in response to test data, and making the results of assessments understandable for students and families.

“One of the main reasons I came to Congress was to strengthen public education,” said Congresswoman Bonamici. “Congress made meaningful progress when we passed the bipartisan Every Student Succeeds Act and made crucial updates to our federal K-12 education policies. My amendments support grant programs that are critical to the successful implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act. If ESSA is fully funded, school districts around the country will be able to use the SSAE grants to increase access to well-rounded education programs. The assessment grants will lead to fewer, better assessments.”

You can watch Bonamici’s remarks on the floor here.

Bonamici is the Vice Ranking Member of the House Education and the Workforce Committee. In late 2015, she served on the select panel of House and Senate members that helped negotiate Every Student Succeeds Act. As part of this process, provisions authored by Bonamici to reduce testing in schools and support interdisciplinary educational programs were included in the bipartisan bill.