National Archives Seeks Nominees for FOIA Advisory Committee

The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) recently announced it is seeking nominees to serve on its Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Advisory Committee. The Committee’s purpose is to advise NARA on improvements to the FOIA and to study the current FOIA landscape across the executive branch.


Oppose Resolution Calling for the Elimination of NEH!

On March 23, the House Budget Committee, as it has frequently in past years, called for the elimination of federal funding for the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) along with other cultural agencies such as the Institute for Museum and Library Services. While concerning, the budget resolution and concurrent report are non-binding. The House more >


Administration Submits FY ’17 Budget Request to Congress

The Obama administration recently submitted its fiscal year (FY) 2017 budget request to Congress. The National Coalition for History (NCH) has assembled a chart showing the budget requests for all federal agencies and programs affecting history, archives, and education.  To access the budget chart, click here.


Urge the House to Fund K-12 History and Civics Education!

In December, President Obama signed into law a bill to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. The “Every Student Succeeds Act” restored funding for K-12 history and civics education that was eliminated five years ago. Unfortunately, when the President’s budget request was released on February 9 it did not include appropriations for the major new more >


Commission on National Women’s History Museum Seeks Public Input

The Congressional Commission to Study the Potential for a National Women’s History Museum has been tasked to develop an independent, bi-partisan plan that highlight themes and collections related to women’s history, and make recommendations on the museum’s location in our nation’s capital and how it might be financed, operated, and maintained. The report to Congress is more >


Congress Approves FY’ 16 Federal Funding Bill

On December 18, Congress approved a $1.15 trillion omnibus appropriations bill that will fund the federal government for the rest of fiscal year 2016. The vote in the House was 316-113 and the vote in the Senate was 65-33. President Obama has indicated he will sign the bill shortly.


President Signs “Every Student Succeeds Act” With New Funding for History & Civics Programs

The “Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015” (S. 1177)–Conference Report to Reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) Overview of History-Related Provisions After nearly a decade of false starts, President Obama has signed into law a new education law to replace the controversial “No Child Left Behind Act” that was passed in 2001. On more >


Urge the Senate to Pass the “Every Student Succeeds Act”

On December 2, the House of Representatives by a vote of 359-64 approved the conference report to S. 1177, the “Every Student Succeeds Act.”  The bill reauthorizes the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) for the next four years and replaces the No Child Left Behind Act. Most importantly the legislation includes multiple sources of funding to support more >


Urge Congress to Restore Funding for History & Civics in ESEA Bill

On December 2, the House of Representatives is scheduled to consider the conference report to S. 1177, the “Every Student Succeeds Act.”  The bill reauthorizes the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) for the next four years and replaces the much maligned No Child Left Behind Act. Most importantly the legislation includes multiple sources of funding more >