Bill could cost Ks. schools $18M in Title II grants

A bill approved by the U.S. House Appropriations Committee could cost Kansas schools $18 million in funding for professional development and other programs. KASB members should use the upcoming August Congressional recess to explain the impact of the measure to their members of Congress.

The committee last week forwarded to the full House of Representatives a Fiscal Year 2018 appropriations measure for several federal agencies, including the Department of Education (DOE).

While the bill makes some improvements to President Trump’s initial DOE budget blueprint, it still contains a provision that eliminates Title II funding for “Supporting Effective Instruction” state grants that Kansas schools use to pay for professional development for teachers, hire additional staff to reduce class sizes, improve classroom technology integration, promote STEM initiatives and many other programs.

 

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