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TESOL Applauds FY 2020 Funding Increases for PK-12 and Adult English Learner Education Programs in U.S. Federal Budget

by David Cutler | 12/23/2019
TESOL International Association applauds the United States Congress for passing a FY 2020 federal budget that includes much-needed funding increases for several programs and initiatives impacting English learners (ELs) and English language educators. Spending on education will increase by $1.3 billion to a total of $72.8 billion. TESOL is pleased to see that many of the president’s budget requests, which included slashing education funding across the board, were not passed into law.

While TESOL is disappointed that many of its funding recommendations for the current Congress were not fully realized, the association believes the increased funding to the programs below represent a promising step forward in meeting the needs of the ever-increasing EL population in the United States. These funding actions include the following increases:
  • $50 million for Title III of the Every Student Succeeds Act, totaling $787M in supplemental funding for ELs in K-12 public schools;


  • $15 million for Title II of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, totaling $657 million for adult EL education programs;


  • $5 million for the Office of Civil Rights within the U.S. Department of Education, totaling $35 million to ensure equal access to education;


  • $76 million to Title II-A of the Every Student Succeeds Act, totaling $2.13 billion for the professional development of K-12 teachers and administrators;


  • $400 million to Title I of the Every Student Succeeds Act, totaling $16.3 billion for disadvantaged K-12 students; and


  • more than $29 million for education and cultural exchange programs through the U.S. Department of State.
TESOL is grateful for its many dedicated teachers and other persistent advocates who have worked diligently to contact their members of Congress and advocate for increased federal funding and improved learning opportunities for ELs and their teachers. TESOL looks forward to continuing and strengthening its long history of advocating for increasing funding for programs that impact ELs and English language professionals in the United States and around the world.