FY19 Education Budget, with Wins for Summer Learning, Goes into Effect
President Trump signed the minibus funding bill (H.R. 6157) that funds the Department of Education and other non-military programs, as well as the Department of Defense, for the fiscal year that begins October 1. The bill also includes language to forestall a government shutdown of the remaining unfunded programs until December 7. Some of these wins include:
- The 21st Century Community Learning Center program is funded at $1.2 billion, a $10 million increase.
- Student Support and Academic Enrichment (Title IV-A) grants are funded at $1.17 billion, a $70 million increase. However, the bill does not include language banning the use of these funds to purchase guns and firearms training. NSLA has signed on to a letter asking the Department of Education to issue guidance to clarify that Title IV-A funds should be used for their original intent, not firearms.
- Title I funding for school districts that serve low-income students is funded at $15.9 billion, a $125 million increase.
See the previous post, “Congress Agrees on FY19 Education Budget, with Wins for Summer Learning” for additional details on the many increases in potential summer funding.