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Senate passes FY19 funding bill

On Thursday, Aug. 23, the U.S. Senate passed the FY19 Labor-HHS-Education funding bill, which funds U.S. Department of Education programs. This is the first time in 11 years the Senate has passed a standalone education funding bill. The legislation preserves funding for Title II, Part A at current levels of $2.055 billion.

What's Next? The House of Representatives still needs to approve its version of the bill before the legislation can be signed into law.

Why it Matters: Continued strong Title II, Part A funding is critical for states and districts to provide support and professional development for teachers and principals. Title II, Part A is the only federal funding source dedicated to the preparation, training, and support of teachers and principals, including professional development opportunities. In addition, states and districts are using Title II, Part A funds to expand clinical-based preparation programs and to boost induction and mentor programs for new teachers and principals.

What Else Does the Bill Do?

  • Increases Title I (largest source of federal support to low-income schools) by $125 million to $15.9 billion.
  • Boosts Title IV (enrichment programs, well-rounded education, and mental health services) by $125 million to $1.2 billion.
  • Maintains 21st Century Community Learning Centers (afterschool funding) at $1.2 billion.
  • Adds $125 million to IDEA grants (special education services for children with disabilities) to total $13.3 billion.
  • Includes $10 million to help universities partner with schools in disadvantaged communities to boost the number of mental health professionals.

Advocate for your school!  Contact your House representative to share your stories of the  impact of Title II funds on your school and the children it serves: https://www.naesp.org/advocacy/action.

 

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