Federal Budget Preserves Funding for Educator Support and Development
New Teacher Center heralds the critical investments in schools and educators contained within the Fiscal Year 2018 federal budget bill. These funds propel our evidence-based work with partners across the nation to further educational equity.
The bill provides $70.9 billion in funding for the U.S. Department of Education, a $3.9 billion increase above the FY2017 level. Specifically:
- Title I (Education for the Disadvantaged–Grants to Local Educational Agencies) receives $15.8 billion, an increase of $300 million over FY2017.
- Title II (SupportingEffective Instruction State Grants) receives $2.1 billion – the same funding level as in FY2017. Both the President and the U.S. House had voted to eliminate this funding entirely. The President has done so again in his proposed FY2019 budget.
- Title IV (Student Support and Academic Achievement State Grants) receives $1.1 billion – a near tripling above FY2017 – for flexible funds to states and school districts, including to expand school-based mental health services and supports; for bullying prevention; and for professional development for personnel in crisis management and school-based violence prevention strategies. ESSA also allows districts to transfer all of their Title IV money into Title II, for educator development.
- Education Innovation and Research (EIR) receives $120 million, an increase of $20 million over FY2017.
- Supporting Effective Educator Development (SEED) receives $75 million, an increase of $10 million over FY2017.
- Early childhood programs receive an increase of nearly $3 billion.Head Start receives $9.9 billion, a $610 million increase, and the Child Care and Development Block Grant receives $5.2 billion, a $2.4 billion increase.
Thank you for answering our call to action and lending your voice to effectively make the case for these investments! Throughout the budget process, NTC spoke out against proposed cuts, joined national policy coalitions to advance our collective voice, and communicated how these funds deepen our impact for teachers and students.
NTC deeply appreciates the leadership of bipartisan congressional leaders who heard us and in turn advocated for and protected these funds throughout the budget process.
But our work is not done! The President’s proposed FY2019 federal budget axes many of these programs once again. We must continue to demonstrate the importance of our collective work for educators and students during the year ahead.