…the Education and Justice departments also scrapped Obama-era documents encouraging public schools to boost diversity through school zoning or admissions into competitive schools or programs, among other approaches. Now, some are worried school districts will invite scrutiny from federal officials if they pursue such paths. Continue reading Trump administration rescinds Obama-era guidance on diversity
As reported by Education Week’s Politics K-12 Blog, President Donald Trump wants to merge the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Labor into a single agency focused on workforce readiness and career development. The plan, part of a broader effort to overhaul the federal government, was announced during a cabinet meeting today (June 21). It would require congressional approval.
A summary of the proposal contained in a White House outline of the federal overhaul plan indicates the combined agency would be renamed the Department of Education and the Workforce, “charged with meeting the needs of American students and workers from education and skill development to workplace protection to retirement security.” Continue reading President Trump proposes combining U.S. Departments of Education, Labor
Proposals introduced during recent House and Senate deliberations on the pending National Defense Authorization Act would have redirected more than $400 million from the Impact Aid program to education savings accounts (ESAs) for private school tuition. (See previous post.) For the time being, those proposals will not advance.
The federal Impact Aid program provides funding to school districts with non-taxable federal properties within their jurisdictions. These properties include military installations and Native American tribal lands. (According to the DPI, 22 Wisconsin school districts received a total of more than $16 million in Impact Aid in 2016-17.) Continue reading Plan to convert federal Impact Aid into ESAs for military families appears halted
The new federal 2018 fiscal year spending law passed by Congress and signed into law by President Trump increases spending at the U.S. Department of Education by $2.6 billion over previously enacted levels, up to $70.9 billion.
The two biggest federal K-12 education spending programs will see significant increases–Title I funding, which funds programs to improve the education of disadvantaged students, is increased by $300 million to $15.8 billion, and IDEA grants for special education rise by $299 million to $13.1 billion. Continue reading New federal spending law increases education aid; rejects push for vouchers
Early this morning (Friday, March 23) Congress gave final approval to a sweeping $1.3 trillion federal spending bill that funds the federal government for the remainder of the 2018 budget year, which ends on Sept. 30. President Trump signed the measure into law today.
Spending aimed at increasing school safety gets a big boost under this new federal spending law.
Continue reading New federal spending law boosts resources for school safety
On Monday (Feb. 12), President Donald Trump unveiled his budget proposal for federal fiscal year 2019 that starts on Oct. 1, 2018. This is the second budget proposal of his presidency, and, in many ways, it resembles the budget he proposed last year.
The latest plan would cut the U.S. Department of Education’s budget for fiscal 2019 by about $3.6 billion or roughly 5.3 percent compared to current levels. While significant, this represents a smaller cut than what the president sought for fiscal 2018, when he proposed cutting $9.2 billion—or 13.5 percent—from the Education Department. Continue reading President’s 2019 budget plan would cut federal education funding by more than 5%
Last week, the U.S. Department of Education awarded approximately $253 million in new federal grants to fund the creation and expansion of public charter schools across the nation. The grants were awarded to state educational agencies and other state entities, charter management organizations (CMOs) and other non-profit organizations across the country. Continue reading Wisconsin Is One of Nine States to Receive New Federal Charter School Grants