Federal Policy, Action Alert

House Appropriations Bill Includes Flat FY2025 Funding for Homeless Children and Youth Programs, Cuts Other Vital Education Programs

On Wednesday, July 10, 2024, the House Appropriations Committee passed its Labor, Health and Human Service, and Education FY2025 funding bill along party lines. The bill provides:

At a time when record numbers of children, youth, and families are experiencing homelessness – and pandemic-era funding for homeless students is expiring on September 30th – more funding is needed to ensure that all children and youth have the support they need to overcome adversity and thrive. Yet level funding in a bill that cut 14% of funding for the U.S. Department of Education, and completely defunded 17 education programs, is a testament to the strength of our collective advocacy efforts. 

Here is how other critical early care and education programs serving children and youth fared in the House bill:

The bill cut Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act by $4.7 billion (25%), the Preschool Development Grant by $65 million (20%), Federal Work Study by $615 million (50%), and Federal Student Aid Administration by $529.5 million (26%) from FY2024 levels. Additionally, the bill would completely defund Title III English Language Acquisition programs totaling $11 billion.

Contact Your Senators & Representatives

We are deeply concerned about the overall impact of cuts to education funding in the bill on vulnerable children and youth, and urge our network to take action to encourage greater investment in EHCY, RHYA, and key early care and education programs.

The U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee has not yet released their FY2025 proposals , but is expected to do so in the next few weeks. SchoolHouse Connection is closely monitoring the process and will keep you informed as information becomes available.

SchoolHouse Connection submitted testimony to both the House Appropriations Committee and the Senate Appropriations Committee on the importance of increasing EHCY funding to meet rising needs. We are extremely grateful for the strong bipartisan support of 123 U.S. House members and 34 U.S. Senators for advocating for robust funding for EHCY. 

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