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President Trump signed the FY 2018 Omnibus Bill on Friday, March 23. This spending bill will fund the government for the remaining six months of the 2018 fiscal year ending September 30, and includes billions more than reflected in the President’s FY 2018 Budget Request released last May. 

Andrew Ujifusa’s Education Week article: President Trump Signs Spending Bill That Includes Billions More for Education, provides a nice overview and comparison charts of FY2017 and FY 2018 funding of key education programs.

President's FY 2018 Budget Request for the U.S. Department of Education

The link above contains complete information – including the budget summary, fact sheet, and slide deck presentation. The education budget proposes significant funding changes to support 5 major themes:

Leaders' Webinar: Social Studies and a Well-Rounded Education, Demystifying the Guidance

This webinar provides an open discussion forum about the non-regulatory guidance entitled: "Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grants Guidance" released in October by the U.S. Department of Education. Key aspects of this guidance and its recommendations to leverage Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) grant funding for social studies programs are unpacked. Presenters: NCSS Executive Director Lawrence Paska and Linchpin Strategies President Catriona Macdonald.


Please take a moment today, Thursday, Dec. 1, to virtually advocate for Social Studies education during the 2016 NCSS Legislative Day.

WHEN:  Thursday, Dec. 1 between 12:00 PM and 3:30 PM

HOW: Visit and Find your Members’ Twitter, FaceBook and other helpful information by:

  1. plugging in your zip code and clicking on the maginifying glass
  2. clicking on your Senators or House members (one at a time) will reveal their contact information for various channels of communication, as well as other helpful information.

WHAT: Focus your messaging on issues and challenges Congressional offices can do something about immediately.

2016 Talking Points for your Hill Visits

Introduce yourself:

  • Who are you and why do you care about teaching subjects essential to citizenship development?  (Note: in many offices, it is better to talk about “civics, economics, geography and history” than to use the term “social studies” when describing the academic content.  Many offices aren’t certain what “social studies” means, or have negative associations with the term.)

Explain the importance of teaching civics, economics, geography, history, and what is happening in these subjects in your state:

The US Senate Elementary & Secondary Education Act re-authorization Bill (ESEA...'Every Child Achieves Act") contains important provisions benefiting American History, Civics, Economics and Geography, including competitive grant funding for these subjects. The House and Senate Bills now go to a Conference (after Labor Day) to iron out the differences in the two Chamber's ESEA re-authorization Bills.The House ESEA re-authorization Bill (HR 5) does not contain any provisions for these critical subjects. We are launching a 'Dear Colleague' Campaign to ask the House Conferees to agree to the Senate language for these subjects. Congressman Dennis Ross (R-FL) and Congressman David Cicilline (D-RI) are the lead co-sponsors of this 'Dear Colleague' Campaign. They have sent an email letter to all Members of the US House of Representatives, asking that they sign onto a 'Dear Colleague' to the House Conferees, asking they agree to the Senate language for our subjects. Copies of the e-letter from Mr. Ross and Mr. Cicilline and the 'Dear Colleague' are attached. Act now and visit the NCSS Action Center to send your request to your membeer of the House today. Thank you.

Over the next few weeks, states around our nation can join Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Tennessee in submitting waivers to the requirements of the federal education law No Child Left Behind (NCLB).

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