LFA Updates

In his new book, veteran policy analyst Jack Jennings shows how federal initiatives have missed the critical issues in K-12 education and society

Jack Jennings is legendary in K-12 education policy. He spent more than 50 years in Washington—divided between serving as the head staffer on the House Education and Labor Committee and founder of the Center on Education Policy. As a young federal reporter at Education Week in the 1990s, Jack was...

Fiscal 2019 proposal would spend billions on defense and infrastructure, advocates call plan "devastating" to critical K-12 programs

The fiscal 2019 budget put forth by the Trump administration today would spend billions of dollars more than the federal government will take in, breaking promises to balance the federal budget, yet K-12 education is once again shortchanged. Members of the Learning First Alliance spoke out against the proposal as...

LFA members representing teachers, superintendents and school boards speak out against tax reform, warning of the impact on public school funding and future deficits

Updated December 20, 2017 LFA organizations sharply criticized the tax reform measure that cleared the Senate and House this week because it jeopardizes federal K-12 funding and allows deductions for private schooling and other expenses. National Education Association President Lily Eskelsen García said, “Hypocrisy is at the heart of the...

LFA Executive Director urges Washington policymakers and educators to pay close attention to changes in the processes to change or dismantle federal education regulations

A key goal of the Trump administration is to reduce the number of federal regulations, as they believe that the federal government simply has become over-involved in local and state education decision making. This perception has a lot of support in the education community. However, after 53 years of implementing...

An analysis by the Center for Public Education shows that public school districts offer more educational and extracurricular options for students than their private school counterparts.

For all the talk in Washington and state capitols about the need for school choice, a new report from the Center for Public Education has made the case that public schools actually offer the most educational options for students. The new report found “an abundance of choice” in public schools...

The education community's response to the Trump Administration's decision to end the DACA program has been swift and negative. Education leaders urge Congress to act quickly to give those impacted stability and protection.

On September 5, the Trump Administration announced its decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Nearly 800,000 people are working and studying in the United States under DACA. The program, established by executive order during the Obama administration, allows young undocumented immigrants brought to the United...

The National PTA is asking educators, parents, and the public to use social media and sign a petition asking their members of Congress to stave off proposed cuts to the federal education budget.

Our public schools are at a crisis point. Federal funding for public education has remained at 2 percent of the federal budget for decades, despite the increase in public school enrollment and the rising cost of education resources and services. This disparity between funding and actual cost means that Congress...

"The national debate about control is a waste of time and resources. Turning over taxpayer funds and public resources to private providers will not create the solutions we need to bring all schools up to the levels we need them to be."

When people look at a school building, what do they see? Why do some people think education, while others seem to be thinking about who controls it? I recently attended several presentations by conservative thinkers on vouchers, school choice, tuition tax credits, and education savings accounts. While each speaker listed...

Working with several of its member organizations and other partners, the Learning First Alliance has held a series of webinars on hot topics in federal and state policy. All of those webinars are now archived and available for viewing free of charge. These webinars include: Understanding the E-Rate: What to...

The priorities outlined in President Trump’s budget proposal are startling. LFA members representing teachers, parents, administrators, specialists, teacher educators quickly criticized the proposal, which shortchanges the nation’s public schools. And, its cuts go deeper than those that simply hit the U.S Department of Education. This budget includes cuts to Medicaid...