The Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies of the House Committee on Appropriations has scheduled a hearing on May 24, 2017, 11:00 AM in 2858 Rayburn on the proposed Department of Education budget, FY2018 (covering Oct. 1, 2017 through Sept. 30, 2018).  Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos is scheduled to testify.

Meanwhile, the final Consolidated Omnibus Appropriations Act, 2017 to fund the federal government through September 30, 2017 became law (Public Law 115-31) on May 5, 2017.  Key take-aways for the Department of Education are–

  • Increase of $9 million for charter schools
  • Reauthorizes DC Opportunity Scholarships through 2019
  • Increase of $1 million for magnet schools
  • Increase of $550 million for Title I grants to the states
  • Increase of $90 million for IDEA grants
  • Increase of $23 million for Impact Aid
  • Increase of $25 million for 21st Century Community Learning Centers (before- and -after school care)
  • Elimination of school improvement grants (-$450 million)
  • Decrease of teacher training grants (-$200 million)
  • Permits year-round Pell grants