This morning, congressional leaders filed a consolidated appropriations bill (H.R. 244) to fund education and other programs throughout the remainder of fiscal year 2017. Access the text of the bill for the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services and Education.
The U.S. House Committee on Rules is scheduled to consider the bill tomorrow, May 2, in order to establish the terms and conditions for House floor debate that is expected Wednesday, May 3.
Overall, H.R. 244 would provide more than a $1 billion increase above FY2016 in investments for K-12 programs, including increases proposed for Title I grants for disadvantaged students, special education, the new Title IV Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grants, and Impact Aid.
The bill supports the implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, which shifts significant responsibility, control, and accountability for schools back to states and local school districts.
- Title I Grants to Local Educational Agencies — $15.5 billion, a $550 million increase above FY2016, including $450 million from the consolidation of the School Improvement Grants program. This funding level is $447 million more than the level included in ESSA for FY2017, and will help states in the first full year of implementation as responsibility and accountability for schools shifts to states and school districts. Title I provides basic and flexible funding to low-income school districts and allows states, local school districts, and schools to decide how to best use limited resources to improve student outcomes.
- Title IV Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grants — $400 million for this new formula block grant to help support activities to provide students with a well-rounded education, ensure safe and supportive learning environments, and use technology to improve instruction. This represents a $122 million increase over the combined FY2016 funding levels for programs eliminated to create this new formula block grant.
- IDEA Grants to States — $12 billion for grants to states under part B of the IDEA, a $90 million increase above FY2016, to support special education services for children with disabilities.
- Impact Aid — $1.33 billion, an increase of $23 million above FY2016. Impact Aid provides flexible support to local school districts impacted by the presence of federally owned land and activities, such as military bases. The bill rejects the previous Administration’s proposed elimination of this federal property program, and instead includes a $2 million increase for the program.