Democrats to Unveil Education Spending Bill

Democrats to Unveil Education Spending Bill

April 28, 2019

In this Education Week piece, Andrew Ujifusa provides an overview of “what to watch for” as Democrats “consider as spending bill” that “funds the U.S. Department of Education for fiscal 2020.” One program to watch is the proposed “$1.2 billion program that supports school safety, student well-being, and academic enrichment”—one that has been “at the center of a firestorm over whether it can and should be used to help arm teachers.” While the Trump Administration seeks to eliminate it, Democrats are opposed to doing so. “From last fiscal year to this one, lawmakers increased its funding by $700 million.” And while ESSA authorizes $1.6 billion in funding for Title IV, Ujifusa wonders if House Democrats will “want to move it closer (or all the way) to that latter number.”