Education Week: U.S. House panel seeks to cut overall Education Department budget but boost ESSA block grant

Education Week: U.S. House panel seeks to cut overall Education Department budget but boost ESSA block grant

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Source: Education Week

Here’s the bad news for education funding advocates: The House committee that oversees education spending released legislation Wednesday that would cut the U.S. Department of Education’s overall budget by $1.3 billion overall, or nearly 2 percent.

But there’s also good news for at least some advocates: The legislation would provide a whopping $1 billion for the Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grants, aka the big giant block grant in the Every Student Succeeds Act that can be used for everything from education technology to school counseling to college and career readiness. That’s $700 million more than the Senate version of the legislation, and double the $500 million that President Barack Obama asked for.

See the rest of the story at Education Week’s website.

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