This week the Friends of the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) urged the Congress to build upon the President's request of $675.8 million and restore, as a bare minimum, $11.2 million to Regional Education Laboratories (RELs) and $16.6 million to the National Center for Special Education Research (NCSER), matching the 2008 funding level. They also encouraged the Congress to provide $703.6 million for the education sciences in the FY 2016 Labor, Health & Human Services, Education, & Related Agencies appropriations bill. The Council for Exceptional Children is a member of the Friends of IES.
They pointed out that during this time of urgent and far reaching change in education, never has the need been greater for effective policies and practices based upon sound research.
The Institute of Education Sciences (IES) supports important research; data collection and statistical analysis; evaluation; and dissemination. This work contributes to a growing evidence base that informs educational practice and policy across the nation. An adequate funding level will allow IES to build upon existing findings, and to conduct new research, which has been limited due to the effects of sequestration and other cuts.
The Friends of IES is a coalition of scientific associations and institutions, research and practitioner organizations, and other groups with an interest in IES. They support the Institute’s mission to expand fundamental knowledge and understanding of education from early childhood through higher education and the workforce; provide rigorous and relevant evidence on which to ground education practice and policy; share this information broadly; and promote knowledge utilization in policy and practice.