2020 Federal Budget
But I do not despair because I am a student of recent history. In the previous two budget cycles, Congress received the President’s budgets, considered them and ignored them. In fact, rather than adopting his massive public education cuts in FY18 and FY19, the House and the Senate wisely decided to level-fund Title II-A, increase Title IV-A significantly, provide only modest increases for charter schools and provide no new money for private schools. And that was when the Republicans controlled both Houses of Congress!
Now, we have a Congress with a decidedly different look. While Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) still reigns in the Senate, Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is now the Speaker of the House and Democrats have a strong controlling majority.
This year, I expect the House will hold the line on education funding and even seek some increases. Further, I believe the Senate will follow suit because Majority Leader McConnell understands that the vast majority of k-12 students – whether in Kentucky or California – attend public schools and undermining them helps no one, while investing in them benefits all.
So, while today may feel like “déjà vu all over again”, I am confident that the FY20 funding cycle will end well for public education. Same as it ever was.