Testimony on the Proposed Education Budget FY2018

Testimony of Amber Rieke, DC Appleseed Center before the Committee on Education Concerning the FY2018 Proposed Budget for the Office of the State Superintendent of Education Wednesday, April 24, 2017 John A. Wilson Building, Room 120.

Good morning Chairman Grosso, members of the committee, and committee staff. My name is Amber Rieke, and I am a Project Director at the DC Appleseed Center for Law and Justice, a non-profit research and advocacy organization in the District of Columbia focused on making the National Capital Area a better place to live and work. Thank you for the opportunity to testify today on the proposed Fiscal Year 2018 (FY18) budget for the Office of the State Superintendent for Education (OSSE).

An effective education system serves residents through the lifespan, from infancy through adulthood. This means broadening the scope beyond the traditional K-12 classroom to include the issues I will speak to you about today: early care and education (ECE) for infants and toddlers, special education, and adult basic and secondary education.

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