BEC Statement on Passage of Fiscal Year 2019 State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Bill

The Basic Education Coalition applauds Congress for sustaining funding for international basic education at $800,000,000 in the Fiscal Year 2019 State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Bill. Congressional support for international education ensures that the United States will continue to be a leader in the effort to improve education opportunities around the world.

The Coalition is especially thankful for the leadership of Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Nita Lowey (D-NY), Appropriations Committee Ranking Member Kay Granger (R-TX), and SFOPS Subcommittee Ranking Member Hal Rogers (R-KY) in providing resources for the education of children in need.

In a world where education is drastically underfunded and far too many children are deprived of the opportunity to learn, funding for vital U.S. international basic education programs will help children and youth gain the skills needed to succeed in the 21st century.

The Basic Education Coalition looks forward to partnering with Congress and USAID to achieve the goals of the new U.S. Government Strategy on International Basic Education and provide all children with access to the quality education that they deserve.

The Basic Education Coalition is a group of leading U.S.-based organizations and academic institutions working together to promote global peace and prosperity through education.