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The mission of the Federal Education Budget Project is to serve as a non-partisan, authoritative source of easily accessible information on federal education funding for the media, policymakers and staff, state and local officials, non-profit organizations, and the public. Our goal is to help heighten the quality of debate on federal education funding and support the development of fiscally responsible proposals to improve federal support for education.

The Federal Education Budget Project produces a continuous stream of rigorous, independent research on and analysis of all facets of federal education finance. Our expert staff analyzes the financing, quality, and cost-effectiveness of various federal initiatives-including each year's federal education budget, appropriations legislation, education-related tax policy changes, and mandatory spending on student loans. Such analyses are intended to serve as an important check in the education debate, exposing the real world impact of proposed policies and budgets.

Advisory Panel

The Federal Education Budget Project is guided by the counsel of a distinguished and bipartisan Advisory Panel. Members include:

  • Richard Lee Colvin, Executive Director, Education Sector
  • Linda Darling-Hammond, Charles Ducommon Professor of Education, Stanford University
  • Robert Greenstein, Founder & CEO, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
  • Eric Hanushek, Paul and Jean Hanna Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution/Stanford University
  • Bryan C. Hassel, Co-Director, Public Impact
  • Douglas Holtz-Eakin, former Director, Congressional Budget Office
  • Sharon Lynn Kagan, Virginia and Leonard Marx Professor of Early Childhood and Family Policy, Teachers College, Columbia University; Professor Adjunct, Child Study Center, Yale University
  • Dr. Ashby Kilgore, Superintendent, Newport News Public Schools
  • Charles Kolb, President, Committee for Economic Development, former Deputy Assistant for Domestic Policy to President George H. W. Bush
  • Gregory McGinity, Senior Director of Policy, The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation
  • Becky A. Smerdon, Founder & Managing Director, Quill Research Associates, LLC

Congressional Working Group

The Budget Project also supports a Bipartisan Congressional Working Group on Education Funding that aims to generate fiscally responsible proposals that improve the size, distribution, and effectiveness of federal education funding. We operate as an expert "shadow staff" for Working Group Members providing them with new ideas, briefings, independent analyses, and technical assistance on education funding and budget issues. Current and past members include:

  • The Honorable Michael R. Castle (R-DE), United States House of Representatives ** Member, Education and Labor Committee
  • The Honorable Susan M. Collins (R-ME), United States Senate ** Member, Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee
  • The Honorable Artur Davis (D-AL), United States House of Representatives ** Member, Ways and Means Committee
  • The Honorable Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), United States House of Representatives ** Member, Appropriations Committee ** Member, Budget Committee
  • The Honorable Christopher J. Dodd (D-CT), United States Senate ** Member, Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee
  • The Honorable Thomas R. Petri (R-WI), United States House of Representatives ** Member, Education and Labor Committee
Published Dec 12 2011 20:59