PD funding for Principals Preserved in Senate Funding Bill

On Thursday, Aug. 23, the U.S. Senate passed the FY19 Labor-HHS-Education funding bill, which funds U.S. Department of Education programs. This is the first time in 11 years the Senate has passed a standalone education funding bill. The legislation preserves funding for Title II, Part A at current levels of $2.055 billion.

What's Next? The House of Representatives still needs to approve its version of the bill before the legislation can be signed into law.

Why it Matters: Continued strong Title II, Part A funding is critical for states and districts to provide support and professional development for teachers and principals. Title II, Part A is the only federal funding source dedicated to the preparation, training, and support of teachers and principals, including professional development opportunities. In addition, states and districts are using Title II, Part A funds to expand clinical-based preparation programs and to boost induction and mentor programs for new teachers and principals.

What Else Does the Bill Do?

  • Increases Title I (largest source of federal support to low-income schools) by $125 million to $15.9 billion.
  • Boosts Title IV (enrichment programs, well-rounded education, and mental health services) by $125 million to $1.2 billion.
  • Maintains 21st Century Community Learning Centers (afterschool funding) at $1.2 billion.
  • Adds $125 million to IDEA grants (special education services for children with disabilities) to total $13.3 billion.
  • Includes $10 million to help universities partner with schools in disadvantaged communities to boost the number of mental health professionals.