FY19 Spending Bill Heads to Finish Line

On Thursday, September 13, 2018, a spending deal was reached on both the Department of Defense and the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies (labor-H) spending bills. These two bills were combined into one bill by the U.S. Senate and sent to the U.S. House of Representatives.

The two bodies then went into conference on the package, and a deal was reached. The next steps are to pass the agreement, known as a conference report, before the end of the fiscal year (September 30, 2018).

These are the funding levels of some of the programs important to educator preparation:

Teacher Quality Partnership grants $43.1 million
Title II of the Every Student Succeeds Act $2.1 billion
Supporting Effective Educator Development (SEED) Grants $75 million
Special Education Personnel Preparation $87 million (+ $3.5 million)
Institute of Education Science (IES) $615 million(+ $2 million for NAEP)

The Senate passed the package, which included a Continuing Resolution (CR) for the programs that do not receive funding by the end of the fiscal year, on Tuesday, September 18, 2018 by a vote of 93-7. The deadline for the CR is December 7, 2018, and there is a chance other packages of appropriations bills may be completed by September 30.

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Deborah Koolbeck

Senior Director of Government Relations, AACTE