This week, Congress unveiled the $1.5 trillion omnibus appropriations bill for FY 2022. The House passed the bill on Wednesday, the Senate passed it Thursday evening, and President Biden is expected to sign it. The omnibus bill includes:
- $76.4 billion in discretionary appropriations for the U.S. Department of Education, an increase of $2.9 billion above the FY 2021 enacted level. Of the total, $42 billion is for K-12 education.
- $17.5 billion for ESSA Title I Grants to Local Educational Agencies, an increase of $1 billion above the FY 2021 enacted level.
- $2.2 billion for ESSA Title II-A, an increase of $27 million above the FY 2021 enacted level.
- $13.3 billion for IDEA Part B, an increase of $406 million above the FY 2021 enacted level.
- $1.3 billion for Student Support and Academic Enrichment State Grants, an increase of $60 million above the FY 2021 enacted level.
- $1.38 billion for CTE State Grants, an increase of $45 million above the FY 2021 enacted level.
Grant opportunities available for special education programs
The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs has announced ten competitive grant opportunities, of which several are currently available to school districts. These grant opportunities include: Educational Materials in Accessible Formats for Eligible Children and Students with Disabilities; Stepping-up Technology Implementation; Technical Assistance Center on Positive Social, Emotional, and Behavioral Outcomes for Young Children with, and At Risk for, Developmental Delays or Disabilities.