Funding for Title II, Part A Preserved in FY18 Omnibus Bill

Congress has passed the FY18 omnibus appropriations bill, which maintains funding at $2.055 billion for Title II, Part A—the only federal funding source dedicated to the preparation, training, and support of teachers and principals. The omnibus bill also includes funding increases for other federal education programs important to principals, as well as additional resources for training to address school violence and for improving mental health services in schools. The legislation now heads to the president for his signature to become law.

Highlights of the FY18 Omnibus Appropriations Bill

  • Title I Funding: Increases funding by $300 million to $15.8 billion.
  • Title II, Part A: Maintains current funding level of $2.055 billion.
  • Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grants (Title IV-A): Increases funding by $700 million to $1.1 billion.
  • STOP School Violence Act: Provides $75 million for FY18 and $100 million in subsequent years for school violence prevention and training grants.
  • IDEA: Increases funding by $275 million to $12.3 billion.
  • 21st Century Community Learning Centers: Increases funding by $20 million to $1.2 billion.
  • Head Start: Increases funding by $610 million.

NAESP members played a crucial role in urging Congress to include strong funding for these programs. Thank you for all of your efforts on a hard-earned, but well-deserved, victory!

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