Literacy and Arts Programs See Boost Under Federal Budget Deal
Today, Congress released an omnibus budget deal that would increase Title I aidaimed at improving disadvantaged students' math and reading achievementby $500 million, up to about $14.9 billion.
The bill, which my colleague Andrew Ujifusa has details on over at the Politics K-12 blog, is expected to pass the Senate today and be signed by the president soon after.
Some existing literacy and arts programs would see more money under the agreement, while a key STEM program would remain flat-funded. Here are some highlights on what the budget would mean for curriculum-related programs:
- The Striving Readers program would get nearly a 20 percent bump from 2014, up to $190 million. Striving Readers is likely to be replaced by LEARN, a literacy grant program authorized in the recently signed Every Student Succeeds Act, starting in 2017.
- The Innovative Approaches to Literacy initiative would receive $27 million, up from $25 million in fiscal 2015. That program, created a few years ago in part to restore funding to school libraries, was also authorized in ESSA.
- There was no change in funding for the Math Science Partnerships programit would continue to get about $153 million. ESSA did not reauthorize this grant program, which funds collaborations between K-12 school districts and universities to improve STEM instruction (though it can continue to receive appropriations even after ESSA is implemented).
- The Arts in Education program, which funds Very Special Arts as well as research and model arts-integration programs, would get a $2 million boost, up to $27 million.
- Funding for helping historically underserved students take Advanced Placement tests would stay steady at about $28 million.
You can see the full text of the budget deal here.
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