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115 education groups: GOP No Child Left Behind legislation is vastly underfunded

(Andrew Harrer / Bloomberg News)

The Republican-dominated House education committee just approved legislation, H.R. 5, that is a rewrite of the No Child Left Behind Act with funding levels that critics say are inadequate to properly support K-12 public education. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), the chairman of the Senate’s education committee, has released draft legislation that has been hit as well by critics who say the funding levels are below the fiscal 2012 pre-sequestration total and would harm efforts to improve student achievement.

Here are letters written by the nonprofit, nonpartisan Committee for Education Funding, a coalition of some 115 national education groups, and sent to the leaders of the House and Senate education committees. They detail funding problems the committee has identified in both pieces of legislation, and included is a list of programs that would be affected if the legislation was approved as is.

The Committee for Education Funding was founded in 1969 with a mission to advocate for adequate federal financial support for the country’s public education system.  A list of its broad array of members — which includes universities, education advocacy groups, professional education organizations and more —  is at the end of this post.

Here are some supporting documents:

Here’s the letter from the Committee for Education Funding to the leaders of the Senate education committee:

A list of members of the Committee for Education Funding:

Allegheny Intermediate Unit (aiu3)
Alliance for Excellent Education (AEE)
American Alliance of Museums (AAM)
American Association of Classified School Employees (AACSE)
American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE)
American Association of Community Colleges (AACC)
American Association of School Administrators (AASA)
American Association of State Colleges & Universities (AASCU)
American Council on Education (ACE)
American Counseling Association (ACA)
American Educational Research Association (AERA)
American Federation of School Administrators (AFSA)
American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME)
American Federation of Teachers (AFT)
American Institutes for Research (AIR)
American Library Association (ALA)
American Medical Student Association (AMSA)
American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)
American School Counselor Association (ASCA)
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)
American Student Association of Community Colleges (ASACC)
Apollo Education Group
Association for Career & Technical Education (ACTE)
Association of American Publishers (AAP)
Association of American Universities (AAU)
Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT)
Association of Jesuit Colleges & Universities (AJCU)
Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU)
Association of Public Television Stations (APTS)
Association of School Business Officials International (ASBO)
Boston University (BU)
California Department of Education (CDE)
California State University Office of Federal Relations (CSU)
Center on Law and Social Policy (CLASP)
Citizen Schools
Coalition for Higher Education Assistance Organizations (COHEAO)
Consortium for School Networking (COSN)
Cornerstone Government Affairs (CGA)
Council for a Strong America (CSA)
Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)
Council for Opportunity in Education (COE)
Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO)
Council of the Great City Schools (CGCS)
DeVry Education Group
Easter Seals
Education Industry Association (EIA)
Federal Management Strategies
First Focus Campaign for Children
George Washington University(GWU)
Georgetown University Office of Federal Relations
Harvard University Office of Federal Relations
Higher Education Consortium for Special Education (HESCE)
International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE)
Johns Hopkins University, Center for Research & Reform in Education (JHU-CRRE)
Kent State University
Knowledge Alliance
Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD)
Magnet Schools of America, Inc. (MSA)
Military Impacted Schools Association (MISA)
National Alliance of Black School Educators (NABSE)
National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC)
National Association for Music Education (NAFME)
National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP)
National Association of Federally Impacted Schools (NAFIS)
National Association of Graduate-Professional Students, Inc. (NAGPS)
National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU)
National Association of Private Special Education Centers (NAPSEC)
National Association of School Psychologists (NASP)
National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP)
National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium (NASDCTEc)
National Association of State Directors of Special Education (NASDSE)
National Association of State Student Grant & Aid Programs (NASSGAP)
National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA)
National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD)
National Center on Time & Learning (NCTL)
National Coalition for Literacy (NCL)
National Coalition of Classified Education Support Employee Unions (NCCESEU)
National Council for Community and Education Partnerships (NCCEP)
National Council of Higher Education Resources (NCHER)
National Council of State Directors of Adult Education (NCSDAE)
National Education Association (NEA)
National HEP/CAMP Association
National Parent Teacher Association (NPTA)
National Rural Education Association (NREA)
National School Boards Association (NSBA)
National Student Speech Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA)
National Superintendents Roundtable (NSR)
National Title I Association (NASTID)
Northwestern University
Penn Hill Group
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
School Social Work Association of America (SSWAA)
Service Employees International Union (SEIU)
State University of New York (SUNY)
Teach For America (TFA)
Texas A&M University (TAMU)
The College Board
The Ohio State University (OSU)
The Pell Alliance
The Sheridan Group
The Y (YMCA)
United States Student Association (USSA)
University of California (UC)
University of Chicago
University of Maryland (UMD)
University of Maryland University College (UMUC)
University of Southern California (USC)
University of Wisconsin System (UWS)
US Public Interest Research Group (US PIRG)
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