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The Department of Defense and Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Act of 2019 Gives about $71.5 Billion to The Department of Education

The major part of this money is directed toward special education grants with an increase of $87 million reaches $12.4 billion.
Since 2018, we can see $70 million growth in student support and academic achievement grant from 2018, totaling $1.17 billion. Some of these funds’ purposes are to create better conditions at schools and provide them with more useful technology. Changes were made regarding Pell Grant awardsfinancial aid for undergraduate students. Usually, students without any professional degrees can be awarded Federal Pell Grants yet someone can get it while being in a post-baccalaureate teacher certification program. To apply for a Pell Grant, you should submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form. The maximum amount of money you can get is $6,195, which is $100 more than last year.
More than $1.4 billion was given to the Impact Aid. This program was created to support local school districts with a high concentration of children from Indian lands, military bases, poor neighborhoods, or whose parents are in the Uniformed Services. Impact Aids has the following aspects:
  • Payment for Federal Property
  • Basic Support Payments
  • Children with Disabilities Payment
  • Construction Grants
Charter schools’ funds increased from $400 million to $440 million. TRIO program was supplied with $50 million more this year. Also, another similar program GEAR UP supporting the first generation college students was given $10 million this year. This year Congress put almost $95 million more into career, technical, and programs for adults, making the fund equal to $1.9 billion.
 The Open Textbook Pilot was given $5 million. Some higher education institutions create educational resources made available to download, edit, and share among students. They can save while still having an access to reliable information. Meanwhile, the institutions can still advance the efficiency of education.
 The House voted 361-61 for the legislation, and President Donald Trump signed it into the law on 6th June 2018.
Resources:
Friedman 09/27/18, S. (2018, September 27). Congress Averts Government Shutdown, Funds Department of Education. Retrieved from https://thejournal.com/articles/2018/09/27/congress-averts-government-shutdown-funds-department-of-education.aspx?s=the_nu_021018
About Impact Aid – Impact Aid. (2017, March 22). Retrieved from https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/oese/impactaid/whatisia.html#
 

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