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We are writing to ask you to join us in sending the attached letter to the Labor-HHS Subcommittee in support of FY 2019 funding for the federal Education Innovation and Research (EIR) program.
Across the country, school districts and nonprofits are developing innovative solutions to address common education challenges. However, there is very little funding for these projects to start up and scale to reach more students. Moreover, successful interventions
frequently remain soloed, and best practices are not shared between school districts.
Our letter to the Appropriations Committee seeks to fully fund these much-needed programs. It requests full funding ($180 million) for the Education Innovation and Research program, authorized in the Every Student Succeeds Act. The program emphasizes
supporting projects with evidence of effectiveness and built-in evaluation requirements. This increases the likelihood that funded projects succeed and that we acquire further information on proficiency. In addition, the program garners significant non-Federal
investment to support educational innovation. Under the Obama Administration, total investments was $1.4 billion in competitive EIR grant programs across all 50 states.
We appreciate your attention to this matter, and ask that you join us in our efforts to fund the federal Education Innovation and Research program. To sign this letter, please use this link.
Jared Polis Chellie Pingree
Member of Congress Member of Congress
March 19, 2018
The Honorable Tom Cole The Honorable Rosa DeLauro
Chairman Ranking Member
Labor, Health and Human Services, Education Subcommittee Labor, Health and Human Services, Education Subcommittee
Committee on Appropriations Committee on Appropriations
Washington, D.C. 20515 Washington, D.C. 20515
Dear Chairman Cole and Ranking Member DeLauro:
As the Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies considers funding for Fiscal Year 2019, we request that you include $180 million for the Education Innovation and Research (EIR) program, authorized in 2015 in the Every
Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The EIR program was established, with bipartisan support, in ESSA to support innovative, evidence-based programs to address persistent challenges in our nation’s schools. These programs are designed and implemented at the local-level
and supported through important EIR funding. In addition, we request that appropriators reject any efforts to undermine the bipartisan intent of the program, as authorized by the Every Student Succeeds Act, which is to support a number of diverse and innovative
programs throughout the country. Funds appropriated for EIR must not be used to support a single nationwide program or multiple awards focused solely on one area of educational innovation.
The EIR program was modeled after the successful Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program. The SBIR program was established by Congress in 1982, and reauthorized and expanded with overwhelming bipartisan support in 1992, 2000, and 2011. Funding
for EIR would continue previous federal programs’ success in cultivating innovation in education, identifying what works, and bringing successful models to a bigger scale. EIR’s emphasis on supporting projects with evidence of effectiveness and built-in evaluation
requirements increase the likelihood that funded projects succeed. In addition, the program garners significant non-Federal investment to support educational innovation.
There is significant demand from the field to test innovative strategies, to examine how promising techniques can be scaled-up and work in different settings, and to continue the success of federal support for evidence-based programs. Recent studies have
found that many programs demonstrated positive effects in reading and literacy, kindergarten readiness, STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math), the arts, charter schools, distance learning in rural communities, college preparation, and teacher professional
We believe it is paramount and a proper role for the federal government to facilitate and promote locally-driven innovation in the education field that can benefit students and classrooms throughout the country. We appreciate your consideration of this request.
Member of Congress
Member of Congress
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