OMB Provides Info on President’s FY2022 Discretionary Request with Huge Title I Increase (April 13, 2021)

On April 9, 2021, the White House Office of Public Engagement held a briefing by the Acting Director and staff from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) on the President’s FY 2022 Discretionary Request. The request includes a historic investment in high-poverty schools and a total of $36.5 billion in Title I grants.  According to a letter from Acting Director Shalanda D. Young and accompanying budget documents sent to the Senate Appropriations Committee, this is the largest year-over-year increase since the Title I program began and includes a $20 billion increase in Title I grants for high-poverty schools. Click here to review the letter.

The President’s request also includes $102.8 billion for early childhood education, K-12 programs and higher education programs and asks for increases to student mental well-being supports, special education programs, community school initiatives, and a $100 million grant program geared towards school desegregation  To learn more about some of the key priorities reflected in the Discretionary Request click here.

USDE Releases Volume 2 of its COVID-19 Handbook (April 9, 2021)

On April, 9, 2021, the U.S. Department of Education USDE) released Volume 2 of its COVID-19 Handbook, which includes research-based and practical strategies to address the social, emotional, mental health, and academic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on students, teachers, and staff. It promotes multi-tiered systems of support, such as positive behavioral intervention and supports (PBIS) to help schools to proactively respond to different levels of student need.
Also, to support the equitable access and effective use of technology, the handbook states that school districts and schools should conduct ongoing surveys of students to determine the extent of access to high-speed internet and devices and the quality of that access.
According to Secretary Cardona, the USDE’s immediate focus is to provide as many tools as it can to educators to promote their success.
The first volume of the handbook was released earlier this month.

For more information from K12Dive, click here.

Source: K12 Dive.

USDE Holds National Safe School Reopening Summit (March 27, 2021)

On Wednesday March 24th, U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona hosted a virtual National Safe School Reopening Summit for teachers, broader school and district staff, and education leaders to discuss COVID-19’s impact on K-12, and to share their experiences and best practices as schools nationwide phase back into in-person learning. The summit focused on the importance of effective communication, forging relationships with stakeholders, collaboration, and being creative and consistent with messaging.

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To view the summit in its entirety, click here.

ARPA Provides $3 Billion in Additional IDEA Funding; Early Intervention Gets a Boost (March 12, 2021)

The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) includes specific funding to support students who experience disabilities. In fact, the ARPA provides $3 billion in additional IDEA funding, which includes $250 million for Part C and $200 million for Part B Section 619. As part of the tens of billions of dollars for K-12 education, the package includes more than $2.5 billion in state grants to support K-12 students with disabilities, including the aforementioned $200 million to support preschoolers with disabilities, and $250 million for infants and toddlers under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. The ARPA is the first COVID-19 package to include this type of dedicated funding.