NSBA update 2017 federal budget

Early Monday, congressional leaders filed a consolidated appropriations bill (H.R. 244) to fund education and other programs throughout the remainder of FY2017. The text of the bill for the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services and Education is available here. The House Committee on Rules is scheduled to consider the bill today, in order to establish the terms and conditions for House floor debate that is expected Wednesday.

Overall, the FY 2017 omnibus bill (H.R. 244) results in a net cut of $1.1 billion compared with comparable 2016 funding levels, but the bill would provide more than a $1 billion increase above FY 2016 levels for Title I grants for disadvantaged students, special education, Impact Aid, and student support programs under Title IV (ESSA). A summary posted by the Senate Appropriations Committee is available and an excerpt is below.

“This legislation will fund critical federal government activities, including our national defense, and enact responsible funding decisions to target U.S. investments where they are needed the most,” said House Appropriations Committee Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-NJ). “It also maintains and enhances policies that bolster economic growth and support the core values that our nation is built upon.”

“It is time that we complete this essential work. It is a solid bill that reflects our common values and that will help move our nation forward, and I urge its quick approval by the Congress and the White House.”

Bill Summary by Senate Appropriations Committee:

Supporting State and Local Flexibility in Elementary and Secondary Education

The bill supports the implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, which shifts significant responsibility, control, and accountability for schools back to states and local school districts.

Title I Grants to Local Educational Agencies – $15.5 billion, a $550 million increase above FY2016, including $450 million from the consolidation of the School Improvement Grants program. This funding level is $447 million more than the level included in ESSA for FY2017, and will help states in the first full year of implementation as responsibility and accountability for schools shifts to states and school districts.  Title I provides basic and flexible funding to low-income school districts and allows states, local school districts, and schools to decide how to best use limited resources to improve student outcomes.

Title IV Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grants – $400 million for this new formula block grant to help support activities to provide students with a well-rounded education, ensure safe and supportive learning environments, and use technology to improve instruction. This represents a $122 million increase over the combined FY2016 funding levels for programs eliminated to create this new formula block grant.

IDEA Grants to States – $12 billion for grants to states under part B of the IDEA, a $90 million increase above FY2016, to support special education services for children with disabilities.

Impact Aid – $1.33 billion, an increase of $23 million above FY2016. Impact Aid provides flexible support to local school districts impacted by the presence of federally owned land and activities, such as military bases.  The bill rejects the previous Administration’s proposed elimination of this federal property program, and instead includes a $2 million increase for the program.

21st Century Community Learning Centers – $1.2 billion appropriation, with a $25 million increase. (2% increase in the program).

Charter Schools – Funding to charter schools would increase by 3%, or $9 million to $342 million.

Education for Homeless Children and Youth – Funding for homeless children and youth increases by 10% under the proposal to $77 million.

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