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Policy Analysis Initiative

A network of NCTE, CCCC, and TYCA volunteers track state policy developments impacting English language arts, English studies, literacy, and the humanities. These volunteers, one covering P12 education and one covering higher education in each state, provide other members with analyzed information about state policies. With this knowledge, educators can better participate in the policymaking process that affects them, their students, their institutions, and their communities.

Updates from the DC Office

The Senate and House will be in recess from Monday, July 31 until Monday, September 4, returning Tuesday, September 5. 

Monday, June 19: Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced Year Round Pell Grants will be available to students beginning July 1, 2017. 

Friday, June 16: The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights will conduct a two-year assessment of federal civil rights enforcement. The commission is concerned with the proposed 7% cut in staff at the Department of Education leaving a caseload of 42 per staff member. The Commission stated its concerns over Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos's refusal to commit the Department of Education to enforce federal civil rights law. 

Tuesday, May 23: The President released a proposed Fiscal Year 2018 budget. It included a 13.5% cut ($9.2 B) to the U.S. Department of Education. A number of programs supported by NCTE were eliminated, including LEARN, Innovative Approaches to Literacy, Title II, and Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants for post-secondary students.

Funding for other programs of interest to NCTE were decreased. Those included Federal Work-Study for post-secondary students, TRIO, and GEAR UP. 

Thursday, May 18, NCTE participated in an Education Funding Day of Action. With the release of the FY18 budget, NCTE members are asked to continue their advocacy. Visit NCTE's Take Action page. 

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