Congress approved and the President signed the government spending bill for fiscal year (FY) 2018 on Friday. The bill includes large increases for education which is a huge departure from the President’s budget submitted to Congress in early 2017.
Arguably the most exciting news from this bill is the $700 million increase for the Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grant program under Title IV of ESSA. While still short of the authorized level of $1.6 billion, this grant program is the only program in ESSA targeted specifically for education technology. SIIA released a statement applauding the $1.1 billion appropriation and will hold a webinar on Title IV funding in the coming weeks.
Other 2018 highlights:
- Title I will increase $300 million from FY17.
- Includes $120 million for Education Innovation and Research Program and sets aside $50 million for projects to bolster STEM education.
- Impact Aid was zeroed out in the President’s budget but received an increase in the final bill to $1.4 billion.
- TRI0 and GEAR UP saw increase from FY17 levels to $1.1 billion and $350 million, respectively.
- Perkins Basic State Grants (career and technical education) were increased by $75 million representing the first increase in funding in several years.